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Law School Applications / los angeles
« on: April 17, 2014, 02:29:16 PM »
New forum for folks looking to apply to law schools in Los Angeles, if interested: http://lalawschool.freeforums.net/

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Law School Applications / steps
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:09:53 PM »
Is there a general timetable for when the study, take lsat then apply should take place? I mean, is there a standard timetable of all events leading up to accepting admission into LS. I'm looking to plan out the entire process from beginning to end but can't seem to find a good breakdown of when certain steps should take place (in general). Thanks.

I want to start with 3 months of intensive LSAT study, so when should that start ideally? Considering I also want to make sure I have the ability to do the 3 months of study again for a re-take if needed? beginning of Junior year?

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Law School Applications / Credit check
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:22:39 PM »
Anyone ever run into problems when it came to the credit check during your background check? I have a 540 credit score which is abysmal. However I'm working on it now and will be able to show the payments I'm making to pay it off.

Have any of you had problems with the bar, the school or LSAC when it came to your credit? Thanks!

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Law School Applications / old transcripts?
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:16:15 AM »
Will LSAC request transcripts from a junior college I attended over 15 years ago? I mean, it was only for two semesters and I did terribly there so I would much rather keep it from them and just give them the junior college and university I did well at later in my life.

I assume there's no getting around this? Do they automatically get those transcripts or is there a way to "hide" them? I'm NOT trying to be unethical here, I will do whatever they require. If they must see them, then I will send them. Just trying to figure out if I absolutely have to share those.

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Minority Topics / Proof?
« on: March 02, 2014, 07:05:30 PM »
Sorry if this is a silly question. So how am I supposed to prove my minority status when the time comes? And who do I need to prove it to, LSAC, the law school, both?

Also, my Dad was 100% white. My mother however is 3/4 Mexican but 3rd generation here in America. She doesn't speak Spanish and neither do my grandparents, that's how "Americanized" we are. My great-grandfather on my mom's side was German, so there is some white mixed in there on her side hence her 3/4 mexican status.

So what % Mexican do I need to be exactly? I'm 3/8ths, I just need to know if I qualify for URM status.

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Law School Applications / W's question
« on: March 02, 2014, 06:12:52 PM »
I will have a 3.5+ when I graduate, however I have old junior college transcripts that have 8 W's on them, so I plan to get killed when LSAC does their conversion. My question is, I went to the link below to see if these W's were punitive. I entered both junior colleges, San Diego City College and West Los Angeles College. W's were listed as "omitted", however the W's were not in the "non-punitive" section. What do you think the difference is? If they are omitted does this mean LSAC will not count them, or am I still screwed?

I did call both colleges and both told me I had to contact LSAC to see if the W's would be punitive or not. Still waiting for a response from them and figured while I waited I would get your thoughts.

Link: http://www.lsac.org/transcriptkeys/igugs-search.aspx

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Non-Traditional Students / What are my chances?
« on: March 02, 2014, 05:17:22 PM »
Hi everyone, I'm considering law school and want to get your opinion on my chances of making a go of this.

My reach would be: UCLA
Targets: LMU, USD, UH, Pepperdine
Would still consider: Santa Clara, Chapman, Southwestern, McGeorge or even BYU if I had to.

As you can see, I'm in Southern California and would prefer a school close to L.A. if possible but willing to travel anywhere in California or to BYU if needed.

Current GPA is 2.8, only because I had 8 W's from junior college over 15 years ago that still haunt me. Or I would have a 3.5+. I will be graduating from CSULA. Also, I only attained a GED 20 years ago, not an HS diploma. I have not taken the LSAT yet but I have taken a preliminary one and scored a 155. I plan to spend a couple grand in LSAT prep. Willing to spend an entire year studying if I need to, whatever it takes to jump 7-10 points.

So let's say I end up with a 2.8/163

Am I screwed on all of these schools? Lastly, I will be 45 when I enter Law School. I own a home but my wife makes enough money to support me while I go to LS full-time and I'm hoping for some scholarship money if possible, but I can also weather $100K of debt upon graduating LS considering my wife can help and we have no other debts. What kind of scholarship money, if any can I expect considering the schools I want?

I will most likely hang my own shingle in criminal defense, personal injury, family law. Or at least that's what I would like to do.  I'd of course take a decent firm position, but I already know the odds of that are stacked against me. I'd be willing to bust my hump the first few years on my own with making less than 50K/year while I establish a client list and build a business.

Sock it to me! Do I have a shot at this?

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