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Messages - David Bakody

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I am in my mid 30's, three small children and a wife.  I've applied to about 15 law schools.  I haven't heard from a single one yet, so I honestly can't say "Go for it!  It's do-able!"

So, I'll just say this - I'm going for it myself and am very happy about it.  I always felt if I didn't at least try, I would regret it for the rest of my life, and I really hate having regrets...

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A non-ABA school should be a last resort - that thing that you do when all else fails and you are determined to practice law no matter what.

Certain states will recognize non-ABA graduates from other states non-ABA schools, but overall graduating from a non-ABA school will limit your career.  One exception to this might be if you are going to practice law exclusively in the state you graduate from.  A fair number of lawyers come out of Mass School of Law and also Southeastern Law in Mass and do fine.  It really all depends though on what you want to do long-term and your location.

California has LOTS of non-ABA schools, some of which are actually pretty good (La Verne being one example).  Massachusetts also has a couple of fairly respectable non-ABA schools that will let you sit for the bar in that state as well as a few others.

A non-ABA school can limit you, but it need not eliminate you completely from your dreams.  It just makes things a lot tougher.
 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
« on: February 11, 2004, 05:02:55 PM »
Not that you asked me, but... my LSAT is 151 and my GPA is 3.53 (from www.regis.edu).  I applied to TJSL about two weeks ago.  I'm hoping to hear something one way or the other by the end of March.

My personal statement was about how I rescued two babies from a collapsing burning building and subsequently performed an in-field emergency kidney transplant on a wounded fire fighter, ripping out one of my own kidneys in the process with my bare hands to save her life.  Although it caused me a bit of personal discomfort, overall I felt it was also worth it.  I explained all of this in a gripping, fantastic page and half essay that I hope will also help explain my ho-hum LSAT score (gave up kidney day earlier - loss of blood made me groggy during the exam).

If your stats compare to the above - you should have no problem. ;-)



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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: How Many Years...
« on: February 06, 2004, 01:42:08 PM »
I go into a local espresso bar to buy a Mocha.  Very cute girls work behind the counter (I might be married, but I'm not dead).  I order my Mocha and sit down by a window.

A few minutes later I hear the one cute girl say to the other cute girl - "Where's this go?" and the response is "It's for that old guy by the window..."

I'm the OLD guy by the window!

I knew then I was a non-traditional student, plus that being in your mid 30's is old.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Another frantic applicant.
« on: February 06, 2004, 01:37:08 PM »
If I were to bet, just based on your numbers, I think Texas Tech might happen for you and probably STCL.  Your LSAT is  good (wish I had it), but your GPA holds you back a bit.


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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Fast pull of my LSAC file? Does it mean anything?
« on: February 06, 2004, 11:04:22 AM »
That's sort-of good news as I think everyone in this forum cna attest that waiting is the hardest part.  Naturally, I don't want a mailbox full of rejections, but I'd much rather get rejected quickly than have it drawn out through July.


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Incoming 1Ls / Fast pull of my LSAC file? Does it mean anything?
« on: February 06, 2004, 10:03:53 AM »
Sorry.  I had a hard time explaining this post in the subject header.

I'm wondering about something.

I've applied to several law schools over the past month.  Four of them I applied to on January 31st (over the Internet).  Two days later I see all four of them requested my file/report from LSAC.  Ok, that's good, since these are four of the five schools I am the most interested in attending.

Here's what I dont' understand - the other 10 or so law schools I applied at earlier in the month have yet to request my file.  At first, I figured it was because they hadn't put through my check, but the four schools that pulled my file right away didn't even have TIME to get my application payment.

Does this mean anything?  If a school gets your application and then a couple days later requests your report - is that a good sign, or is it just a coincidence?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Rejected from Widener
« on: February 04, 2004, 06:05:21 PM »
When did you apply and how quick did they reject you?

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Law School Admissions / Re: i cant take this suspense.
« on: February 03, 2004, 05:23:28 PM »
If you are not picky about law schools - Your 141 LSAT and 3.4 GPA stand a fair chance of getting you into Thomas Cooley in Michigan.  Have you considered applying to that school?  Also, I think your numbers might work for Thurgood Marshall in Texas.

You might also consider exploring some non-ABA law schools.  I think this is better than forgetting about law school outright, but a fair number of people will probably disagree.

Two non-ABA law schools I considered in the northeast:

http://www.mslaw.edu/

and

http://www.snesl.edu/newsite/Index1.html

MSLAW doesn't use the LSAT and they will also interview you, possibly in person depending upon your location.  Keep in mind that graduating from a non-ABA school can limit your career options, but for a lot of people stuck with low LSAT scores it's an option.

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It could take as long as 3 months.  Yes.  Three months.  Painful, I know.  Now, with that said, I talked with an admissions person at Marquette (my long shot school) and he indicated that turn around times were running about 3 to 5 weeks.

I think 8 weeks is about the norm from what I've heard, but some schools are faster than others.  I've heard somewhere else on this board that the schools in California are famous for being slow... very, very slow.

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