Thanks City.. I am pretty pumped and am looking forward to continuing this journey!
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All the practice tests in the world do not prepare you for the environment in my opinion. I had my initial brain freeze but then settled in nicely. Just keeping my fingers crossed everything went well. Now its the waiting game. Ill be at the bar if you need me.. Cheers
Wooosh! That was the sound of a huge weight just lifted off me. Took my LSAT yesterday and now anxiously waiting for my score. Wow, no matter how many practice tests you do nothing really prepares you for the environment. No matter what I score just wanted to say thanks to all for all the advice and tips. Hopefully I will be posting a decent score in a few weeks, until then I think will enjoy a cocktail or 2
Thanks guys. Great advice from both of you. I realize the market for high paying jobs isn't great here but if I want to follow my dream I really have no choice. Too many responsibilities and bills to give up my current career. Plus I'm going to need my salary to help offset that law school debt. I'll be able to use the GI Bill to help but I believe that maxes out about 13K per semester for a non public school. I guess like with everything else its rolling the dice except putting about 100k or more on the line. Thanks again.
P.S. Whoever invented Analytical Reasoning on the LSATs needs to be tortured. Slowly!
I'm taking the LSAT in October and have been studying my butt off. I have a GPA of 3.2 and I was curious what I would need to score to have a legitimate shot at making law school a reality for me. My issue is I'm 36 with a career so the only law school I can apply to is Charleston School of Law in Charleston, SC. I really can not leave the area to pursue my dream which I know is a huge strike against me. I'm curious since I'm basically putting all my eggs in one basket what is a score that I need to shoot for. From what I read Charleston seems to be a low tier school and I'm Puerto Rican so I'm hoping that helps with the admission process. Any information from you veterens would be awesome.
Thanks for sharing your experiences. As for the online thing no. I'm not looking to take anything online. From what I read there are no ABA approved online schools. That to me would be a complete waste not being able to sit for the bar. I think that's another factor I forgot to mention. For me there is only 1 option for law school unfortunately so I will be putting all my eggs in one basket. I live in Charleston, SC and I only have 1 option since I can't relocate due to work and that option is Charleston School of Law. I guess the good news is that it's not super highly competitive to get in and they do offer a part time program. I went on their course catalog to see if it was doable with my work schedule and I was able to schedule all required 1st year course on Tues and Thurs. Leaving the rest of the week for my 3 shifts at work and study time.
I'm scheduling the LSAT in OCT and going to let that decide my fate. I try and find people missing in the ocean for a living using probability equations and grids yet this test has intimidated me more than anything I have ever done. I'm busting my butt preparing myself for a successful LSAT and if I come through then that will definitely put my mind in the "I can do anything phase."
I know I am going to go into the time old question, "Should I go to law school?" I was hoping for some solid discussion and some cold hard truths. First, a little about me and my situation. I am a 35 year old male with a decent yet demanding occupation. I am a Search and Rescue coordinator for the US Coast Guard. I am a civilian employee of the Coast Guard. I basically work 3 twelve hour shifts a week and make about $68,000.00 a year. I am divorced, live alone, have a mortgage, pay child support for 1 amazing little boy, and basically my undergrad loans are close to being paid off. Like most of you I always have had a dream of going to law school.
So here's my chance. I have no serious relationships, I do what I want, when I want and my job even though it can be demanding and stressful during cases there is a lot of down time waiting for something to happen. Is law school a successful endeavor for someone like me? I realize that in between those 3 shifts a week I need to cram 9-12 credits a semester for 4 years.is the work load doable? Can I keep my career and do law school at the same time or is the work load of law school just too much? Also, I forgot to add I am a veteran of the CG as well. I currently work for them as civilian but previously was enlisted and have my full GI Bill to use toward it. This will greatly help with cost. So the funding is not the issue, the throwing my whole self into this the next 4 years is what is on the line and something I do not want to fail at. I can't quit my job with all the responsibilities I have to take care, but can I succeed while still working? Most of my friends say why, at my age? Because its a dream I've always had and its been itching super hard at me lately. Any advice is appreciated and be candid. I want the ugly truth.