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Congratulations!  :)


This is a good web site, but I get a little stressed reading it.  I need to cut back, I think.  Congrats on finishing/getting your undergrad drgrees.  :)  I am an older student (39) going to law school this fall.  It can be done.  My advice is:

1) take a class to prepare for the LSAT (I took Testmasters).  My mistake was that I took the class and then took the 10/04 LSAT and I bombed.  I think I over-prepared and was too nervous.  I don't usually don't get spun up about stuff but everyone was treating the test as a life or death situation.  Anyway - I should have waited.  I re-took the LSAT in 12/04 and my score went up 11 points from October.  So: prepare for the LSAT, don't over-prepare and only take it once! 

2) Also - try to apply early in the cycle (Oct./Nov.)  that was my plan until I had to re-do the LSAT.  But all my apps were done by 1/15.

3) Finally - get started early with LSAC.  It takes forever to get the transcripts and Letters of Recommendation processed by LSAC, and you want everything in order so the schools you apply to can get a conplete packet.

Good Luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Gonzaga $$ for everyone??
« on: March 30, 2005, 08:43:05 PM »
I've been admitted with $0.  I wrote a letter (a la ScurvyWench - thanks Scurvy for the GREAT ideas) requesting a re-evaluation and that got me nothing.  I have sent a follow-up e-mail to clarify one point (the response to my letter was clearly a form letter and did not address what I had specifically asked), but I don't think I'll be attending Gonzaga.

Hee hee.  ;D

One of my acceptance letters said: "...we are confident you will contribute to the intellectual and social life of out law school community."  (notice missing comment re: academics.)

My UGPA was low, but my Grad school grades were really good, and they are MUCH more recent.  My LSAT was ok.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Seattle University
« on: March 29, 2005, 10:52:55 PM »
What do you think will happen with SU's deferred/wait list people?  They didn't say "YES!" but they didn't say "no" either.  :)  I was invited to send in additional information/LOR which I have done.  Deposits not due until 4/15 - right?  I probably just have to wait (ugh!)  If SU doesn't come thru for me I am almost sure I will be at U Montana in Missoula.

I am interested to hear your thoughts - and congrats to you all!  You will LOVE Seattle and SU seems to be a great place.  Good luck to you.

I believe SU takes the higher/most recent LSAT score - can anyone confirm this?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Thoughts on buying a condo/house for LS?
« on: March 29, 2005, 10:46:25 PM »
We are planning on buying, but it will depend on where I end up.  Hubby will stay in his location so we will still have 2 households.  The interest/property tax write offs will be a HUGE benefit, even when you account for me not working from August on.  We have savings for the downpayment and the payments would by equal to or less than rent.  I'll be looking for a condo or townhouse so I won't have to deal with maint. issues.  We are looking at 3/1 ARMs and FIX30 loans with NO closing costs, generally this will make the interest rate a bit higher, but less cash out of pocket.  I've been in the mortgage business forever, so I think I can make this work.  I think it is a smart idea and even if we sell for what we paid after 2.5 - 3 years because of the tax benefits it will be worth it to us.  Maybe we'd even rent it out after school (to 1Ls of 2008) and become landlords - ha!

Real Estate, Tax, maybe Probate.  Your basic "transaction" attorney, I guess.

I have a Master's in Education (I could teach high school Social Studies).  I have never used the degree - it has been my back-up plan, in case we get transferred somewhere where a mortgage underwriting/banking job isn't available. 

I used my company tuition reimbursement plan to help pay for grad school.

Did the Master's help me?  Yes - since the grades were so much better, since it made me want to go back to school, since I have a good rapport with a Professor/Department Head who has become my mentor.  No - in that I am sure Education is not considered a "hard" course of study.

I am not T1 or T2 bound, and don't intend to do "big law".

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Seattle University
« on: March 28, 2005, 12:31:22 PM »
I live in lower QA and I love it.  Let me know if you have any questions.  :)  I am on the WL at Seattle U.  We'll see.....

I rec'd an e-mail on 3/23 stating that I did not get the Bakken Fellowship.  I wasn't too surprised, I think my topic was good and timely, but my proposal was poorly written.

I am having such a hard time deciding about schools.  I am from Minnesota and my grad and undergrad were done at 2 schools w/in 3-4 miles of the Hamline campus.  Going back to MN seems a little like going backwards.  I now live West and I want to work in the West when I am done.  No one else has offered me $.  That was such a surprise!  I really like all the admin/staff I've met at Hamline.

I am deferred at my top school, and WL and #2.  Right now it is between U of Montana and Hamline unless #1 or 2 comes through, however, both of those will be very expensive.

ARGHHH!  :-[

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