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I'm graduating college this Spring, but I've been working full time as a computer technician/network engineer for the last 5 years, and in the IT field for the last 8.  Should the résumé I send the law schools I apply to focus more on my school, or more on my professional life?  Granted, I got 2 scholarships, and was admitted to 3 honor societies at my school, in addition to presenting a paper at the Michigan Academy, but all this is included in my professional résumé.  It's just not elaborated on very much.  Any help would be appreciated.

Well, there's one law school I'm applying to regardless of my LSAT, so I want to submit the app soon, but I need help with the PS.  I've got a first draft of it.  Would anyone here be willing to take a look at it and tell me what they think?  Thanks for your help!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: I'm starting to get really depressed...
« on: January 07, 2006, 04:14:47 PM »
I have to go for February... My economic situation makes it such that waiting another year is not much of an option.  I guess the good news is that the October 2004 test is pretty indicative of the current difficulty level of these tests.  Given that 7 wrong on the reading comprehension section is totally unheard of for me, I can probably assume it's an outlier and that I'll do better on the next practice test I take.  LSAC puts my index scoreband for Wayne at somewhere near between 85% and 95%, but that doesn't take into account rolling admissions, which generally throws percentages down by anywhere from 25-35%.

Studying for the LSAT / I'm starting to get really depressed...
« on: January 07, 2006, 03:57:51 PM »
I was doing really well using the Next 10 Actual Official... I was scoring between 159-160 and starting to feel more comfortable and confident.  Then I took test 44 from LSAC and my whole world turned upside down.  It seems the bar has been significantly raised over the last 2 years for every score.  Furthermore, I got 7 wrong on the reading comprehension section.  That's COMPLETELY unheard of for me.  THe most I've EVER gotten wrong on that section is 3 before.  The logical reasoning I did about the same on.  The logic games section I did horrible as usual (I'm lucky if I can get half of them done, much less right).  In the end, I scored a 156.

I feel like all the work I've done for the last 2 months has been for nothing.  Granted a 156 is still in Wayne State's range (152-158), but I can't afford to go anywhere else, so if I don't get in there, my hopes are sunk.  I've given up a lot in the last few months to pursue my goals of law school (a 4.5 year relationship, quite a bit of money, more sleep than I can even quantify, etc.) and now I feel like it's hopeless.  Because I didn't apply early to Wayne, I need probably a 158 minimum to get in there.  If I had applied early with a 156, I might have gotten in, but so much for that now.  I've got 7 years of full-time work experience (not in a law-related field though, so it's worthless), a 3.89 GPA, glowing letters of recommendation from the chair of the economics department, and my econometrics professor, and quite a bit of knowledge about law in general, and I feel like it's not enough.

Because I'm not rich, I have to go to a state school, and the only one I had a chance of getting into, is seeming more and more remote now.  I could easily get into U of D or Cooley, but U of D is $35k a year, which I couldn't even hope to get enough loans for, and Cooley is not even a law school in my opinion.  I could get a 3/4 ride through there, but the degree is worthless because no one will hire you with it.  This is just really frustrating and upsetting for me.  I HATE rolling admissions, and I REALLY HATE the LSAT!

The vast majority of the attorneys I know are from third or fourth tier law schools.  Brian McKeen, one of Michigan's top malpractice lawyers, is a Cooley graduate.  I also know several people from Wayne State, and my professor is a practicing attorney from U of D.  By far, the most common degrees I see on people's walls are Wayne State, Cooley, DCL (now MSU).  I rarely ever see any one of my clients with a degree from U of M, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.  I know that it has to be possible to be successful with a degree from a third tier or fourth tier college because I have around 100 clients that are.

I want to attend Wayne State Law School next year.  My GPA is a 3.87, plus I have a nice academic and career resume of scholarships, honor society memberships, and an officer's position in my school's economics club.  My practice LSAT scores are around the 156-158 range, which is the upper bound for their acceptance range.  The problem is that I'm not taking the actual LSAT until February of 06, which is right near the deadline.  The LSAC calculator calculates my chances of getting accepted to be 90-100%, but with the way rolling admissions works I'm really fearing that I couldn't get in even if I had a 180.  How much of an issue is this likely to become?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When should I start and with what?
« on: August 20, 2004, 05:20:49 PM »
Well, I'd like a 180, but that's not going to happen.  If I can get high 160s or even 170 I think I could be satisfied with that.  My GPA is no problem as it's high 3.8s and will be about 3.9 by the time I graduate.  I just want to get into the best law school I can.

Studying for the LSAT / When should I start and with what?
« on: August 20, 2004, 04:55:21 PM »
I plan on taking the LSAT in spring/summer of next year.  When should I start studying for it, and what should I start with?  I don't know what first step to take.  I took one practice LSAT awhile back and  I scored a 160 on it.  The logic games are what tore me up the worst.  Any advice you can give will be appreciated!

I've heard that it helps to spend time in the workforce, and of course, military service is usually looked favorably upon by colleges as well because it shows dedication, self-discipline, and good core values.  Of course, since I'm not in law school myself I can't say this with any large degree of accuracy except that I've heard that the more prestigious law schools like to see some good life experiences in addition to high scores and GPAs.

One of my professors, specifically my Microeconomics professor is a practicing attorney in my state, would it be better to obtain a letter of recommendation from him even though he doesn't have a PhD?  Will any colleges care?

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