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Law School Admissions / Re: Character/Fitness portion of App
« on: December 12, 2004, 07:51:59 AM »
I was given the choice of being fired or "asked to resign."  For many reasons, I chose the latter, and signed a memo of resignation addressed to the director of human resources (not on official office letterhead, though it is verifiable by my former employer). 

When I'll be applying for bar admission, this incident will have been five years ago, and I can assure you that there will be no more moral blemishes on my record.  Given the lapse of time, the lack of other incidents in my life, and the relative minor nature of the incident, I should be OK....but that's just my thinking.

Law School Admissions / Character/Fitness portion of App
« on: December 12, 2004, 07:30:14 AM »
Would the following "misconduct," if fully disclosed, prevent one from being admitted to law school, or to the State Bar... Being asked to resign from your place of employment (as  freedom of information officer) for using office resources (phone, fax) for making personal freedom of information requests?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What would keep someone off the Bar
« on: December 12, 2004, 07:28:07 AM »
What about being asked to resign from your place of employment (as  freedom of information officer) for using office resources (phone, fax) for making personal freedom of information requests? Would this "misconduct" keep someone from being admitted to the Bar?

Law School Admissions / How Long Before I Start To Get Decisions
« on: December 12, 2004, 06:32:03 AM »
This may hav been asked before, but... I took the December LSAT.  Once the scores come in on Jan. 4, when should I start to hear from schools with decisions?

Law School Admissions / 2.56/145 chances
« on: December 01, 2004, 04:39:06 AM »
I have an undergrad GPA of 2.56, and I've been averaging 145 on my diagnostics.  I have five years of legal work experience, and a paralegal certificate (graduated with honors; significant improvement in grades from undergrad).  What schools are looking "good" for me (to the extent that anything can look good with my lousy scores)?


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Rant
« on: November 22, 2004, 04:21:58 PM »
You ALL place way too much emphasis on the subjective "tier" system.  A law degree is a law degree...we'll all be J.D.'s when we graduate.  I know PLENTY of people who went to what are deemed third and fourth "tier" schools who are making more than 100k per year working for major firms across the nation. No, the LSAT isn't a fair test, and no, it certainly should not be weighed as heavily as it is, but it's not something that will prevent anyone from making a very successful living.

But that's just my opinion.

Law School Admissions / Re: Title for an Attorney
« on: November 22, 2004, 04:18:07 PM »
Yeah, I'd definitely go with 'Mr.'

It is correct to call a lawyer 'Dr.', but that's pretty pretentious.

Here in New York, it has been held to be unethical for an attorney to hold him/herself out as Dr. So-and-so if that individual does not possess a true doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., et al.) I'm not sure I agree with that Ethics Opinion, but it is what it is.

Law School Admissions / Application Question
« on: November 09, 2004, 05:37:39 AM »
In college, a friend and I got into an argument, and we ended up throwing each others' property (I think I threw his telephone).  My RA wrote us up and security got a copy of the report, but it stopped there; no one was brought to the Dean or anything.

When asked on law school apps if I've ever been reprimanded by a college, school, etc., can I honestly say No, since the only consequence was a write-up by college security?

I'm thinking this would be something to save for the Char. and Fitness app; if even that.

Law School Admissions / Re: One more application question
« on: November 01, 2004, 06:34:27 PM »
Definitely try to answer any question they could have.

OK...3 part question here:

1. Since I already sent all of my apps (and am not familiar with the addendum process), should I just send a note to each adcom with my name and SS# at the top explaining my situation? 

2.  It's not too late to be doing this, right?  (I'm applying for Fall, 2005 and am taking the LSAT in Dec., so they aren't acting on my app anyway, so I assume it's not too late.)

3. Will this be looked down upon come decision time?

Thanks for your help.

Law School Admissions / One more application question
« on: November 01, 2004, 04:43:19 PM »
I went to community colleges from 9/94-5/96, but my transcript will have W's for all of the 9/94 classes.  I was in a bad car accident, and had to withdraw in order to recover.  Do I have to send a short note to all of the schools explaining all of these W's, or should I wait until they ask?

Leave it to me to forget about this until all of my apps have gone out.


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