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« on: September 18, 2008, 06:02:25 PM »
Consider takingthe LSAT as late as Feb. To score well, you need to do one thing a lot- practice and that takes time. Consider taking a weeken class from someone like Testmasters, they can help a lot. To sum it up do whatever you can to score as high as you can, then use that to get into the highest ranked school you can in an area you want to live, because even though the job market is tough, chances are if and when you land a job it'll be in the area you went to school, though that changes somewhat for aT14 I suppose
« on: September 04, 2008, 06:11:54 PM »
Don't think of your personal statement or addenda as just excuses, try to think of them as a way to let parts of you that aren't reflected in your grades or LSAT shine through. They're particularly useful if you've been disadvantaged somehow in your life and you can demonstrate how you've overcome these obstacles. Remember, most admissions committees are made up of faculty, many of whom in addition to persuing their academic interests also volunteer in some fashion to help the disadvantaged- so appeal to their sense of justice. Anything that will make you stick out from the crowd in a positive manner is a plus, just don't try to stick out by making excuses.
« on: August 12, 2008, 01:16:52 AM »
Besides what the other posters have previously commented on, I'd suggest that you check with the Texas bar on your plan to hang your own shingle out in Texas as an attorney that passed the Ca bar only practicing immigration law before federal courts, Something tells me they wouldn't appreciate this technicality after all you' still be practicing law in their state. est to check b4 you plunge into on-line classes.
Also my understanding is that the on-line schools require all the same reading plus participation in their on-line presentations and they definitely require you take their on-line exams! Co, if you're not prepared to make the commitment lacking on your first go around. Also check into non-ABA accredited schools as wel.. California has several of these approved by the CA bar but not the ABA primarily due to their lack of full time faculty which is how they keep costs down and are significantly cheaper than your fully accredited schools.
« on: August 09, 2008, 10:20:29 PM »
I had it happen, not as a transfer but as a entering 1L. I was rejected by my first choice, the accepted at a Tier 4 and was all set to go when my first e-mailed me strongly encouraging me to appeal the decision. Granted there was some behind the scenes machinations on my behalf by a friend with connections but I didn't have to do anything special just simply to write and ask for them to reconsider, then I was offered admission to my first choice, so I'm off to be a 1L in a couple of days. It also probably worked in my favor that I'm URM and they had worked through a good portion of their waitlist. So I'd say give it a shot, it can't hurt to ask, what's the worst they can do, say No again?
« on: August 04, 2008, 11:06:24 PM »
With that GPA major you're probably going to have to ace the LSAT, so I'd plan on setting aside lots of time to take practice tests plus take it early so you can retake if you don't score high enough, do this while gaining valuable work experience- try working for a non profit that might more unusual than most so you can write about your experiences in a killer essay that will stand out from the rest. Pull that off and you might make it into some of the schools you mentioned and you should check the school's website to find out there tuition policies. Good Luck
« on: July 31, 2008, 07:32:31 PM »
try the testmasters weekend course, lesss expensive and only two days- they'll get you headed down the right path then its just up to you to practice, practice, practice!
« on: July 31, 2008, 07:28:02 PM »
As for your undergraduate major stick to a major that has a solid reputation as being rigorous and don't pad your grades taking a lot of cupcake electives, schools will give som weight eithe positive or negative to this when looking at your UGPA. And by all means prepare for the LSAT-I'd recommend taking the testmasters weekend course- they'll give you a solid foundation on how to approach the various LSAT sections, then its up to you to practice, practice, and practice- and by all means time yourself when you do.
Go to school in an area you want to live in, then evaluate the schools in that region and choose the one that best fits your needs(balance between reputation, finances, and your ability to get in)
« on: July 31, 2008, 07:17:42 PM »
Read Planet Law School and Law School Confidential and if you haven't taken the LSAT start preparing for that, get practice tests and take timed practice sessions and look for a prep class in your area(try a testmasters weekend course, less expensive and only two days. Start reviewing and collecting the info needed to apply to the schools you want to attend, this takes a while and LSDAS makes it easier but it still takes months to go through the process. If you have any extra time try LEEWS- just buy the CDs, its cheaper.
« on: July 31, 2008, 07:12:05 PM »
I'd suggest thinking about some of the DC schools as well as others in the mid-Atlantic region, they'd probably travel pretty well up into the Connecticut area where you eventually want to settle down. Georgetown, George Washington, American, Duke, Virginia & Penn among others.
And if you really want to narrow you're list, go visit the schools and ask to sit in on a class and judge for yourself what its really like, most schools will do this in addition to having someone from the admission staff tour you around.
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:33:32 PM »
I've played since I was a kid. It's a tough game to learn. It takes lots of practice, my advice is to focus on your short game, as you'll see the fastest improvement in your score. Though it's been described as a good walk spoiled, I'd disagree it's still a nice walk through a parklike setting and a good way to socialize with your colleagues, better than spending the afternoon strapped behind your desk especially if you can find a way to make it a 4 -5 hour billable. Keep at it, it will pay off in the long run.