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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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