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I would like to hear the story of some other "non traditional" students and why you are choosing to go to law school.

For myself I have been working for a large regional medical laboratory for the past 4 years.  I work in the finance department as a Special Projects Manager.  My project you ask?  Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

In 2003 the CEO of this company (and my immediate superior I should add) was indicted and convicted of bank fraud.  Turns out he had forged loan documents, etc.  He is now in Federal Prison, and I have been stuck trying to fix the mess he made for nearly 2 years.

I have had the opportunity to interact with many lawyers and bankers and a court appointed trustee.  I have also been involved in the day-to-day operation of the business side of the company (not the scientific side).

All together my work experience is an intangible that might be worth a point or two towards an otherwise average LSAT/GPA combo.  Seems that Chapter 11 is just unusual enough that only lawyers seem to know much about it, and it is somewhat lucrative.  The more complicated, the better.

I am going to law school because I will likely be unemployed by summer (we are very close to emerging from Chapter 11 via a business sale), I am debt free, and I don't want to end up in a "career" that will ultimately lead to being downsized by a souless corporation to fend for myself in the world of laboratory consulting.

BTW I am 34, married, no kids, and live in Tennessee.

So far I have applied to University of Tennessee, Memphis, LSU, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky, and Loyola New Orleans.
Are you working in NOLA? That is terrible about your company. If it makes you feel any better, at my last job I was sure they were a mob front and they were def. laundering money there. Good thing I am out of there. My story is that I am 26ish..graduated college in 99 (finished in three years) and had no f**** clue what to do with my life. I did high tech sales, started a masters in public health but finally wound up in Accounting/Finance. I always thought about law school but my dad told me the night before I started college that I can do anything I wanted to do but become a lawyer so I didn't really put much weight on my thoughts until recent years. I don't know what got into me but I would dig up city ordinances to deal with my evil Cable Company (my city has laws that forbid them from scheduling customers in more than four hour blocks etc..) just to stick up for my rights that nobody really knew we even had as everyday Joes. Further, I had the awesome exp. of my former boss trying to ass grab me and I really can't believe that still goes on in the workplace. Anyway, as cliche as it may be, I want to make the world a better place. Ok mostly the workplace for women but you get my drift. Ok back to work and good luck on your law school applications.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Non-Trad Dec. LSAT call-out
« on: December 29, 2004, 02:15:57 PM »
So bad that I really thought they sent me somebody else's score. I tested about 158-162 on about 36 timed practice tests and well...let's just say my BA II Calc could have taken the LCraps for me and scored better. Maybe some adcomms will throw me a bone plus I applied to schools that haven't had any students from my undergrad (Toolane) and the great state of Illinois (in recent classes). Plus, I'm old (ok not really but by law school admissions, I fall into the 24-50 bracket at some schools) I also have 6 years WE in Finance/Accounting and a 3.89 in a masters. Sigh....can't wait for those reject letters to roll in. Thanks LSAT for crushing my self-esteem.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: what if i can't do well
« on: December 29, 2004, 02:09:42 PM »
Sugar, I had the same sinking feeling and worked my big butt off and to no avail. I spent hours bawling over my score but I am going to send yet another adenda to my applications and present my application as a whole rather than a stupid number. I know people with 180's that went to Harvard Law and can't find his (ok not really people) way out of a wet paper bag and someone with a 156 that transfered to GT that is bloody brillant and has been such a professional success. Try not to get discouraged! Its a pain in ass test and some people test much better than others. If you really want to go to law school, there will be a law school for you. Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Poor LSAT/GPA -Need Advice
« on: December 29, 2004, 02:03:23 PM »
I didn't do so hot either and have a crappy gpa from my first semester which was almost ten years ago. I think you have a great p.s and don't give up!! Sadly, we're 'older' applicants so that is at least one advantage and you have an unique story which adds to any class. Good luck!!!!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Northwestern
« on: October 08, 2004, 06:19:52 AM »
NU prefers two years of work exp. I was told this at the law school forum.

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