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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is my story/path uniuqe?
« 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)

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Pre-Law School Classes or Reading
« 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.

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.

General Board / Re: Golf
« 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.

Transferring / Re: santa clara vs. Case western reserve
« on: July 19, 2008, 03:25:19 PM »
I'd say Santa Clara.. besides a great IP program, they're also widely recognized in the area as one of the top law schools that isn't Stanford or Boalt. in other words most of the top lawyers, judges in the area are SCU grads, so the job prospects in the area if you decide not to go the IP route are still quite good.

just found out that I'm going to Santa Clara! i appealed their original no decision and the reconsidered my application and I'm in. Amazing!

Santa Clara / Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« on: July 04, 2008, 04:32:52 PM »
Just found out that I've been accepted to SCU's part time program. I live in Sunnyvale (in my own home and work in Santa Clara just a few blocks from the school. As for places to live, as others have noted SCU is readily accessible by public transit(bus, or train). As for bus routes, there's a primary route that runs up and down El Camino Real with direct service to the school(a one or two block walk to the Law buildings) so apartments along El Camino in Santa Clara or Sunnyvale willl have an easy commute to school. Also look for apartments near Caltrain stations such as Sunnyvale, Mountain View or even Palo Alto(probably a more expensive option as you'll be competing with all the $tanford kids). Both the Sunnyvale and Mountain View Stations are located to nice little downtown areas with lots of restaurants, etc., so apartments near these stations might be nice. Also the area around SCU is not bad but there aren't many large apartment complexes, mostly small complexes or maybe even better, cottages/in-law type units  as part of a home. I don't know for sure but the best bet might be the latter.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Kent VS Pepperdine
« on: June 17, 2008, 09:20:50 PM »
Hang Ten and go to Pepperdine. Have you visited their campus- if so what's taking you so long? If not, take a vacation and go!

I think it depends on your undergrad major, if the school rep is going to make a difference. So I was engineering at Va Tech, not bad combo but if it would have been MIT, even better. So go to the school that has the best rep for your major- this will also give you the bonus of being able to land a better job in the event law school doesn't pan out.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Testmasters Weekday vs. Weekend courses?
« on: June 17, 2008, 07:14:11 PM »
I did the same as Meggo and took the weekend course which gave me a good solid base to build from, then did lots of practice tests(can't stress enough how important it is to do lots of timed practice tests, it will boost your confidence to know that when your rushing around during the test that if that's how it went when you practiced, you'll still get a decent score-or at least that's how it went for me, during the real test time just flew by but I knew that I was still doing ok- score worked out to be just slightly below where I was practicing at which turned out to be good enough)

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