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Law School Admissions / Re: weight of wrongdoing
« on: January 26, 2004, 10:54:18 AM »
it weighs a hell of a lot more if you dont tell them, and then they find out later. 

the point of disclosing the information serves two purposes.  First, its to see if the American bar association will even LET you sit for the bar exam.  The second is to get an insight into your charecter and what you will be like at their institution.  If you incorporate what you learned from those experiences into your personal statement, the law school may jsut view it as youthful indescretions that you learned from and overcame, which actually could be a small bonus in your favor and may negate the actual act. 

But do not under any circumstances leave the information out.  That will not only nullify your application, but they could revoke your degree if they find out about it after the fact.  I know someone that had that happen to them.  they are now waiting tables 6 nights a week.

but i wish you all the luck in the world, and i truley hope you get into your first choice.  unless, of course, thats my first choice, cause you might be taking my spot  :P just kiddin

Law School Admissions / Re: importance of typing applications?
« on: January 24, 2004, 08:05:41 AM »
i guess the answer to this would depend on your handwriting.  One thing that i KNOW is important is that if the application specifically says "PRINT" your information, then you better make sure you print it and not in script.  Admissions looks at this as a way of following directions.  I know its elementary, but all the same, is it an indication of your charecter, i guess.

Good Luck.

i was wondering if anyone was a current student at any of the following schools.  These are the schools that I applied to, and I wanted to know how the students who go there feel.  How is your library, class size, faculty, facilities?  Do you live on campus, or do you commute?  what is the campus like?  what is the area like?   Is there anything you feel that I should know that may influence my decision to go there?  anything you could tell me will be great. If you do not go to taht school, but know something that think may help me, please let me know.  It's one thing seeing a pretty brochure and seeing the school ranked on a list.  It's another thing to hear about the school from the people who know the best: the students. So here's where i applied:

Denver law school, Seattle law school, Syracuse Law School, Marquette Law School, Michigan DSL, Vermont Law School, Maine Law School, Catholic University of America, Penn State, University of North Dakota, villanova, and the University of Wyoming.

and on a final note, i am now extremely poor because of the application fees :-D 

thanks for your help!   

Law School Admissions / Ideas to make your application stand out
« on: January 20, 2004, 01:45:25 PM »
I was just wondering if anyone used any unique ideas to make their application stand out.  For example, a video plea or a video application, or anything of the sort.

if so, do those actually work?


Law School Admissions / Re: felony conviction?
« on: January 20, 2004, 09:23:49 AM »
alot of the schools weigh felony convictions based upon whether or not the bar association will allow you to sit for the bar based upon your charecter. 

Contact the ABA and the bar associations in the state you plan to practice in to see how it would affect their decision to let you sit on the bar.  then you would have a better idea of how the school will feel.  If the association says it's not a huge deal, maybe asking them to put it in writing and sending it to the school's you are applying to wouldnt hurt.

just a suggestion.

i applied to both those schools last year.  I have a 151 lsat and a 3.56 gpa.... not quite as high of a GPA as you.

But i also was an undergrad RA, in lots of organizations, including Phi Zetta Kappa, did lots of community activities, many of which i organized myself, great essay, and two stellar letters of recomendation.

and i got rejected from both, according to them, on the basis of my lsat.

Im sorry to burst your bubble, but I felt like i sorta had to reply as I was in a similar situation as you.  I only applied to NY and NJ schools last year.

What I was told later was that NY and NJ schools are the hardest to get into in the whole country, because unemployment is the highest here, and all of those that are unemployed are trying to further their education.  The big problem is that the schools arn't accepting more applicants, making the application pool in this region that much more competitive.

But do not get discouraged if your fate turns out to be the same as mine!  There are alot of law schools out there that WILL accept your scores, you just have to do some research and find them.  I suggest you do that now and send out your applications ASAP.  Someone above suggested State Schools, which is true.  They do not tend to weigh the LSAT quite as much. 

Then again, who knows, maybe my personal statement wasn't as wonderful as I thought, or maybe they were looking for someone with a slightly higher GPA such as yours.  Don't get discouraged over something that happened to me, but do be prepared just in case.

I truley hope you get into the law school you want to get into.  I think we all deserve it, or we wouldnt be on this discussion board giving ourselves ulcers.  Keep us updated on your status.  Good luck. ;D

thank you so much!  i am very interested in La Verne, but I am not interested in only taking the bar in California, as Im a New Jersian at heart and plan to practice there.  If you hadn't told me about their lack of ABA approval, then with my luck i would have gone there and been in quite a bind.  Thanks!

Does anyone know the answer to my question regarding which law schools do not average LSAT scores?  Thanks, and good luck everyone!   ;D

someone answer her cause it's my question too!!!!!!!  ;D


hi there.  this board is great.  glad to know there are other people like me out there getting ulcers over law school admissions.

I have a few questions.  Does anyone know if La Verne Law School in California is an ABA accredited school?  I looked on the ABA's web site, and they didnt have the school listed.  I looked on La Verne's, and they say they are accredited.  If a law school is not accredited by ABA, what exactly does that entail? 

Second question... i read someplace on this message board that the University of Colorado ran into some problems with the ABA a few years ago... does anyone know what problems?

And finally, I cannot for the life of me find the list that has been mentioned previously in this board of the law schools that only take the highest LSAT score.  Can someone PLEASE tell me?

I really do appreciate it, and good luck to all of you who are applying along with me during this extremely competive application process.  I wish you all the best, and hope you get into your first choice school. 

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