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Law School Admissions / Re: The Thread for Applicants With Criminal Records
« on: December 17, 2004, 04:05:58 PM »
Interesting topic.  I was quite a troublemaker as a teenager, but my only offense as an adult was a fight with a security guard in 1990, when I was a mere 18.  Now that I'm 32, I suppose I can simply write that I sowed my wild oats and now they're behind me, but I wonder if this sort of conviction can be expunged from my record- a minor misdemeanor over 10 years ago?  And what of that... if you have a crime that's "expunged" from your record, I wonder if you should disclose that?  Now we really COULD use a Dean...  ;)

Thanks for the responses, that helped clear up the non-issue.

And no, I wasn't planning on taking the SAT, I just wanted to avoid making a silly mistake that would screw me in the application process- I'm hoping to only go through one application cycle (As I said, I'm older than a lot of pre-laws, so I'm trying to accelerate the process where I can), so I want everything to be "correct" from the get go.

In my high school years in Ohio, neither the SAT nor the ACT were pushed with any preference, so I took the ACT and did pretty well, but not spectacular (28).  I had rollercoaster grades (literally, all A's to mostly D's, back to all A's) in high school, and didn't motivate myself for college until I was 30.  Now, as I sit on a 3.6 GPA and study for my LSAT, I wonder if any of that high school stuff even matters.  I was able to get into a University, and I've proven myself at that level, so does it?

I guess my main question is, should I go back and take the SAT?  Will a very good SAT score (which should be expected from a 32-year old professional with a good college GPA) impact the decision at all?  Additionally, should I address my crappy High School numbers, or does a 15-year old high school transcript even matter?

Alright, it's looking incredibly likely that I'll posses a 3.69-3.72 GPA following the Spring semester (giving myself leeway for 1 B and the remaining classes, A's).  Additionally, I'm figuring a likely 160-165 on the LSAT (162-165 is the range I've been testing in, but who knows, when test day comes), and I'm going to apply to some LA colleges (UCLA, USC) and other fairly highly ranked schools. 

My question is simple- would it benefit me to delay applying until after the Fall semester, as my likely fall performance will place me at 3.75-3.78?  I've noticed that many ABA rankings list 3.50-3.75, then 3.75-4.0... is 3.75 some sort of magical cut-off, or just a convenient delineation point?  I'd like to apply sooner than later, but every semester has improved since I achieved 10 2.0 units in 2002-3, and I'd like to distance myself from my past mediocrity as much as possible (Thanks, 2 C's in Italian, my only college C's... and I really wanted to LEARN that language!)  Straight A's the past 2 semesters have encouraged me greatly. 

Opinions?  Is the distinction between 3.69-3.72 and 3.75-3.78 major enough to warrant waiting through the early application phase?

I'm killing myself with practice tests, but the method I've been using for Logic Games works a lot better if I can diagram with a PEN the permanent factors, then erase the temporary, pencil-written factors.  Will they allow me to bring a pen in on test day, or should I start working out a new diagram system that doesn't revolve around ink?

Also, how much scrap paper do they give you to work these things out?  I don't want to become accustomed to wildly diagramming, then get a 3"x5" card on test day...  Thanks in advance.

Law School Admissions / Re: Why do YOU want to go to law school?
« on: December 10, 2004, 11:44:21 AM »
Personally, I've worked for 10 years in my field, and 5 years at a high level in the most competitive environment... but I still don't garner the respect I feel I deserve from friends, family, and folks on the street.

That is to say- I'm a Systems Admin at a Hollywood studio, and I've been doing that since '99, but to my friends and family I'm still "the computer guy" who just happens to be working on TV and film.  Somehow, I expected to have a little more prestige associated with my (such as they are) accomplishments.  So, I have the mental, verbal, and argumentation ability to give law a try, at least... so I might as well do it.  You never hear a lawyer referred to as the "law guy".  Additionally, while computers (and Sys Admins) are the wave of the future, there will always be laws, law breakers, and folks whose livelihood depends on interpreting or establishing law.

Oh, and I do acknowledge that I'm shooting for more respect by joining a field that garners so little respect it's ridiculous, at least in terms of one-liners.

Hiey everybody.

Just starting out here, found this discussion board very recently, and taking my LSAT in February, but I'm not certain if I'd rather be a lawyer or a professor.  However, being a "make what you can out of what you have" kind of guy, I'm really into the idea of law school.  This leads to my question:

Knowing that most PT college teaching gigs require a Master's degree, and most tenured professorships require a PhD, where does the JD fit in this relationship?  In other words, does the JD make the Master's moot, and should it benefit the aspiring PhD candidate?  Does the existence of the JD Allow you to become a Prof without a PhD?  In the final estimation, does the JD advance the possibility of becoming a college professor any more or less than a Master's degree that could be obtained much quicker and cheaper?

Any wisdom on this question is greatly appreciated!

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