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Law School Applications / 2.56/145 chances
« on: December 01, 2004, 06:39:06 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)?

Thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Rant
« on: November 22, 2004, 06:21:58 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.

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Law School Applications / Re: Title for an Attorney
« on: November 22, 2004, 06:18:07 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.

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Law School Applications / Application Question
« on: November 09, 2004, 07:37:39 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.

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Law School Applications / Re: One more application question
« on: November 01, 2004, 08:34:27 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.


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Law School Applications / One more application question
« on: November 01, 2004, 06:43:19 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.

Thanks!!

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Law School Applications / Should I Bother to Make This Correction
« on: November 01, 2004, 06:21:31 PM »
On my apps, I indicated that my paralegal certificate program was from 6/01 to 8/01.  In looking at my notes, I realized that it was actually from 5/29/01 to 8/29/01.  Should I send a letter to each school I applied to explaining why I was off by a few days?

Thanks for your help.

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Studying for the LSAT / Need advice regarding prep courses
« on: October 31, 2004, 01:32:08 PM »
I'm currently in a Princeton Review class that meets on weekends.  Here's my dillema:  Powerscore and Testmasters both have weekend courses on a weekend when I have a diagnostic test and a class.  I can take the PR diagnostic and do the class all online at any time.  Should I spend the money and skip one weekend of PR and go to the PS or TM weekend course or will the teachinbg methods clash?

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LSAC and LSDAS / LONG LSAC delays...normal at this time of year?
« on: October 26, 2004, 06:39:42 PM »
The woman I've been dealing with at LASC finally acknowledged that she personally got my last transcript, but said it could take 4-5 days before it's processed by the appropriate people. Also, my second letter of rec hasn't been acknowledged yet; I had to have my old boss send it again just in case. She first sent it in September...it's been about 4 weeks. The other one I sent in Sept. was posted on their site quickly. This begs 2 questions: (1) Are all of these delays normal?
(2) Will this affect my applications once my Dec. score comes out?

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Law School Applications / Long LSAC Processing delays ... should I worry
« on: October 26, 2004, 07:23:31 AM »
The woman I've been dealing with at LASC finally acknowledged that she personally got my last transcript, but said it could take 4-5 days before it's processed by the appropriate people.  Also, my second letter of rec hasn't been acknowledged yet; I had to have my old boss send it again just in case.  She first sent it in September...it's been about 4 weeks.  The other one I sent in Sept. was posted on their site quickly.  This begs 2 questions: (1) Are all of these delays normal?
(2) Will this affect my applications once my Dec. score comes out?

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