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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Employment, background checks, etc...
« on: March 01, 2004, 06:14:32 PM »
Each state bar is different.

My husband joined the Indiana bar and he was required to submit along with his bar application a fingerprint card (for an NCIC background check) as well as driving records, and copies of any arrest records (he had a slight run in with the law when he was 18 years old). 

The state bars generally don't have the time to check out every reference on your bar application, but they will check out your law school application.  If you purposely leave something off of one or both, chances are, you'll get caught.  Indiana also has character and fitness personal interviews that require the applicant meet with a representative of the fitness committe personally and review all items on the bar application.

As for actual employment dates, they generally don't verify that. If it comes down to it, list only approximate years. That's what he did and it wasn't a problem.

Criminal/court records though, you don't have that luxury. YOU MUST go to the individual courts and get exact dates/dispositions/etc. if that's what they're asking for. Otherwise, it appears as though you're trying to 'hedge' the facts.  If the records are no longer available, you still should list the incident and make mention that you attempted to get the information from the court, but there was no record. You should then also include a statement from the court indicating that they show no record.

Something else to remember - you're not going to be precluded from a law school just because of past indiscretions, unless they are so absolutely horrible, that the school has no choice. The purpose of them asking those questions is to make sure there is nothing in your past that will come out to haunt the school later. They need to be prepared up front.

Hope that helps.

Karen W.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
« on: March 01, 2004, 06:10:47 PM »
I too am a mid-30's and from what I've seen, returning non-traditional students are given a slight advantage, assuming they have the same LSAT, etc.  This is because law schools are looking for diverse classes and the experience that older students can bring to the classroom is desired.

Again, that doesn't mean you're guaranteed, but if comes down to you and a 23 year old with no real practical life experience, I'm willing to bet that you'll get the nod.

Karen W.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 28, 2004, 07:27:29 PM »
Scores are up...not as high as I would've liked, but it's the exact same score/percentile as I got in December.  Guess that shows consistency, eh?

Karen W.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 26, 2004, 10:51:45 PM »
[quote author=kslaw link=topic=772.msg3487#msg3487 date=1077817981

the bright side to this...the more time that goes on, the more my expectations drop. At first, I was hoping for a 171 (my highest practice test), within a day, that dropped to 169 (second highest practice score). by yesterday, I'd decided I'd be ecstatic if I just got a 165. Today, I'm just praying I got at least one point over 120.
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LOL! I think I'd hate to see the dark side of this issue, if that's your bright side!!  ;D

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: JUNE or OCTOBER LSAT?
« on: February 26, 2004, 10:50:32 PM »
If you're wanting to apply early, you should take it in June. It may be difficult to study and prep for the LSAT, but if your score is not where you'd like it to be, you can retake in October and still be able to submit for early consideration. 

I understand your advisor's point of view, but if it were me, I'd definitely leave me options open to retake.

Karen W.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Any advice for a college senior?
« on: February 25, 2004, 07:04:25 PM »
My husband went to Ohio Northern.  He was wait listed at Indiana Bloomington.

ONU was a nice - very small school so there is a lot of personal attention there, something you won't find at other larger schools. Many of his instructors even knew me by name is passing, which was kind of neat.

Ada, the community where ONU is, is a very nice little Midwestern town.  I actually was a police dispatcher for the local police department while my husband attended school there.  Population is 3000 during summer, 6000+ when school's in. 

Scholarships are handed out pretty readily there, because they are not a state school (I know, it's grad school, that doesn't matter), but I think that it does, because they are a private undergradudate school.  Scholarships are not fixed - do well and you get upped as my husband did each year he was there.

Great opportunities for internship/externship.  Andy did a summer externship with a State Supreme Court Justice in Columbus, quite unexpected from such a small law school.  I think it's quite interesting that ONU also (at the time) had the only moot courtroom in Ohio large enough to hold all of the Ohio Supreme Court sitting justices and court was occasionally called in Ada. 

I'm rambling on, trying to give as much info about ONU as I can.  Let me know if there is anything more I can tell you.

Karen W.

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LSAT horror stories / Re:LSAT TAKERS! DO NOT USE KAPLAN
« on: February 25, 2004, 06:56:03 PM »
Best way to practice for the LSAT is study hard, 'breath the LSAT' as some have put it, and take as many pre-administered LSATs.  Bottom line, STUDY STUDY STUDY!

   

Excellent point. If I remember correctly, Kaplan is one that doesn't use actual LSAT questions for their diagnostics; rather they used their own questions from their own writers. This could really explain the score difference.

Someone please correct me if I have Kaplan confused with another...

Karen W.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: Highlighter, or just a pencil?
« on: February 25, 2004, 06:52:39 PM »
Unless you routinely used a highlighter while you were studying, don't even think about using one on the LSAT.  This sounds really stupid, but you have to practice using it. Fumbling between the highlighter and the pencil to darken the bubbles is a nightmare. Talk about a time waster.

I thought I might use a highlighter so when I sutdied and practed and timed myself, I tried it...NOT!  Stick with the pencil, unless you have some obsessive compulsion with that yellow marker being in your hand.

Karen W.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 25, 2004, 06:47:55 PM »
December's were posted a little over a week early...

Not looking good for this time though, eh?

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