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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Which CA T2?
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:02:48 PM »
Santa Clara, outside of the evil 2, Stanford and Boalt, the best reputation in the Bay Area, so if you want to live in work here, Santa Clara is your best bet. Also, they have a top-rated IP Program. The faculty are great, and quite motivated to help you to succeed

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Law School-Related Intramural Team Names?
« on: December 18, 2008, 07:55:40 PM »
The Blackacre Bunch

Res Ipsa This!

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Sample Contracts Exam
« on: November 24, 2008, 05:53:55 PM »
Try Webb v. McGowin Alabama 1935 for some guidance, the beginning of this fact pattern is similar to Webb.

Personal Statement / Re: Georgetown Law School PS
« on: November 24, 2008, 05:36:31 PM »
Even if they don't have a set limit, being concise is an attribute of law school writing that they'd be looking for, plus it's doubtful that they would pay much attention beyond the first 2 pages anyway. Keep it as short as you can while saying what really needs to be said.

General Board / Re: When should I take the LSAT?
« 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

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.

General Board / Re: Please help
« 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.

Transferring / Re: Is it possible to get a "no", then get a "yes"
« 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?

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

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!

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