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As Maintain says proceed with caution when dealing with any unaccredited school. 

If it is to good to be true it probably is, but no harm in looking.

However, I would encourage any prospective law student to attend an ABA school and if they know they want to be in California then a California Bar Accredited School might suffice, but an unaccredited school is unaccredited. If they don't do things appropriately then they can say we are not accredited.

Just as your friend could take a scalpel and cut you open if you allowed them to (I realize this is a forum with lawyers and I imagine that might be criminal, but this is just a hypo)  allowing your friend cut you open would not be a wise decision and you would be better off going to a licensed surgeon. Your friend might actually do better than a licensed surgeon, but I would be significant sums of money that the surgeon would perform better.

To sum it all up an unaccredited school can provide a good education and American International School of Law might allow you to sit for a bar exam somewhere, but an accredited school guarantees that you can. When dealing with the life altering choice of whether or not attend law school maybe being able to take the bar exam is not a good place to be in.


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Excellent point Loki.

I personally agree with you, but for those that are obsessed with rankings there are shortcuts. However, I took advanced appellate advocacy in law school. By far the hardest class I ever took and there were only two students in it. I was able to produce two great writing samples in law school, and what I learned in that class has been a tremendous help, although I got a B the experience was well worth it.

Essentially, floating by in school to get b.s. A's is not the best way to do it in my opinion, but there are certainly people and entities (law school) being one of them that will reward you for fluff over substance.

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Law School Applications / Re: URM non tradional 3.22 with 151
« on: July 06, 2015, 04:24:53 PM »
Apply and retake there is no harm in doing that. Check with the schools, but I am 99% sure every school simply takes your highest score. So you should apply and then retake in October if you do better awesome if not you have lost nothing. One of the few times in life you will have everything to gain and nothing to lose by retaking.

I think you have a strong shot at GGU particularly as a URM and USF and Santa Clara are definitely possible.

Good luck to you in your pursuit of a legal education!


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That even screwed some people in law school that were on journals etc they would get pass/no pass and other 2ls/3ls took sports law and got A's which helped their class rank

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That's  true, but you can work the system early and get A's in frisbee golf etc.

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As groundhog's post accurately says "no".

For all intents and purposes your classes mean very little it is just the grades you get. I got so many b.s. A's for playing basketball in college and my GPA was artificially inflated, which helped me in the admissions process.

If your only a freshman I also would not worry to much about law school etc. Get the best possible grades you can to keep your doors open, but enjoy the college experience. It will be a life changing time in your life and many people that are deadset on going to law school in college change their mind due to numerous circumstances and many others such as myself that said they would never attend law school end up going.

So the best thing you can do is keep your GPA high so that if you want to pursue law school the door is open, but don't get to caught up in whether you are taking the right math class your Freshman year of college. It means nothing as far as law school admissions go.

Congrats on getting into college and enjoy your time! 


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News Discussion / Re: POTUS
« on: July 01, 2015, 03:15:17 PM »
When his citizenship becomes an issue the obvious solution is trial by armwresting between Arnold and Scalia.

That is what the founding fathers would have wanted.
 


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News Discussion / Re: POTUS
« on: June 30, 2015, 07:08:25 PM »
https://youtu.be/iayO0fU0m5g

The man in that video should be President haha. Pretty impressive that Predator featured not one, but two state governors. Why not take it one step further with a President/VP 

How could you not support a Schwarzenegger/Ventura ticket.



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As latin says nobody will make a decision on your application until you have an LSAT score. There is nothing wrong about applying first, but as latin says you might be wasting your money applying to schools you don't have a chance at. More importantly you will use energy on your applications opposed to studying for the LSAT.

So in response to your question should you apply before the LSAT? I would say no, but you can do it.

As an additional piece of information you should attend an LSAC forum. Here is a list of the ones coming up. http://www.lsac.org/jd/choosing-a-law-school/law-school-recruitment-forums#Atlanta . If you register you will get a bunch of e-mails saying if you stop by X schools booth they will give you a fee waiver and when I attended the forum in NY I wrote my LSAC number at almost every schools booth and they sent me a fee wavier. This saved me about $1,000-$1,500 on fee waivers and also allowed me to get a bunch of scholarship money to various schools, which I used as leverage for more scholarship money at the schools I really wanted to attend.

So basically if you are close to any of the cities where an LSAC forum is then attending will be a great cost savings and it will also be informative.

Good luck. 

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There is absolutely no harm in applying early and telling them you are taking the LSAT that I am aware of. However, I am just a random person on the internet and you would be better served by calling the admissions office of each school you are applying to. I know this can be a bit scary when you are a nervous 0L, but the admissions department is there to answer these exact questions and nobody will know more about the admissions process at an individual school than the people in charge of the admissions process at the individaul school.

Your LSAT score will be the main factor and focus on getting a good score, but having your applications on file early certainly will not hurt you.

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