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Law School Admissions / Re: Should I disclose speeding tickets?
« on: June 27, 2007, 10:06:13 PM »
I don't know why everyone is saying that speeding tickets don't matter. 

I have a friend who had a 10 mph speeding ticket.  He had a 167 LSAT, 3.6 GPA, and was the President of three different campus organizations.  Anyway the best school he was accepted to was Cooley.  He thought he had a chance at a decent T1 school... so that's all he applied to but had Cooley as a safety.  He asked the law school at our university why he was rejected everywhere else and they said that if the speeding ticket is 10 miles per hour or more that law schools take that very seriously because it is so reckless. 

So hopefully you didn't speed more than 10 mph... if you did (no offense or anything) but I would get your Cooley application ready.

soooooooooooooooooooooo no true...i was cited (and found guilty...i pled not guilty..shoulda seen the judge's face when i said "not guilty") for a ticket years ago for "speeding over 100 mph" (111 to be exact)...a lot of the schools i disclosed it to (since i was supposed to) not only offered me admission, but a scholarship along with the admission...so, if true, your friend's either lying to you about their numbers or they have something far worse on their apps that you weren't told about...oh, and it was a 70 zone (tho at 111, i don't think that matters)

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Law School Admissions / Re: Should I disclose speeding tickets?
« on: June 27, 2007, 12:18:57 PM »
if there's a law that says "you can't do x" and the remedy is not through another individual (e.g. civil), then it's a crime...if you can be fined where the organization that benefits is the government or if you can be jailed, then it is a crime. it may be an infraction, but that's a crime nonetheless...as far as disclosure, if you don't think the school asks for it (namely, they say "disclose any crime except for minor traffic offenses" or something) then don't bother disclosing it, but if they just ask for you to disclose any crime, then you might as well disclose it...a traffic ticket won't affect your admission, but not disclosing may (though i believe unlikely) affect your admission to the bar later

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go to pepperdine...their jump in the rankings really doesn't mean anything, but loyola is not $25k a year better than pepperdine...what counts, no matter the rank, is the rep of the school and how easily you can get a job out of there...t14, yes, they're ranked high, but why do you think that is? because of their rep which ultimately leads to an easier time getting a job out of them...yes, pepperdine is "ranked" the same as loyola, but loyola has a better rep...i just don't think their rep is so much better that it's worth passing up on potentially $75k (i'm assuming renewable and that you can hold on to it)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How much is too much?
« on: June 26, 2007, 11:58:28 AM »
Take the average starting salary for private sector jobs and subtract taxes.  Then subtract the estimated yearly loan repayment.  If the resulting number is negative--probably not worth it. If the resulting number is enough to live on...why not?  Does CW have a loan repayment program?  Some schools have programs that repay all or part of your loans depending on how much money you make, even if you job is in the private sector. 

i think this is a great way to do it if you don't expect your income to ever increase over what you would earn your first year

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in the admittedly little i've learned in professional responsibility thus far, i wouldn't worry about it...basically what they look for is whether or not your character is fit to sit for the bar...usually that involves did you commit fraud, kill someone, constantly violate the law as to look like you don't care about the law or maybe you did something and chose to cover it up...mostly they're going to be criminal issues...i don't think this is something that will affect you...first the schools aren't asking for it so you don't need to list it...not doing so when they don't ask is not covering it up, it's just not answering something you weren't asked...i honestly doubt this is even something you'll need to disclose when the bar comes into play...it really says nothing about how ethical you would be as an attorney...for them to say "you can't sit for the bar" because of this is like saying if you've cheated on someone then you can't sit for the bar...it's more of a personal issue than a professional one...i don't think this will ever affect you...just don't go killing her now...

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i find it EXTREMELY unlikely that the fact that it's geographically closer will make any difference in terms of how well you have to do...at all...i mean, why do they care how close you are to the school? look at it this way...you're top 25% at scu, there's someone top 5% at, oh, i don't know...loyola...i'm going to say (and assume) the top 5% guy at loyola is at least a better law student than the top 25% guy at scu, at least in the eyes of admissions...better law student = maybe better lawyer (at least safer bet) so why would i pass on the safer bet because you happen to go to a school that's closer?

ultimately, i think it's WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too early to be asking this question...unless it's an issue of "where should i go now b/t x and y?"...and if that's the case, go to the school you'd rather have a degree from since if you don't you're basically betting that you'll be able to transfer and no matter how brilliant you are, that's a hell of a gamble

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USD + 20,000.00/yr or Loyola?
« on: June 19, 2007, 05:22:48 PM »
received 15k per yr. renewable scholarship from Loyola (need to keep a 2.6 gpa), but think I'm gonna stay with the 20k USD scholarship.....

hopefully Iget off of the UCLA waitlist.............

either way, it's a good choice...the only question is which school/city you like better as i think your final cost of attendance would be about the same...

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ok...here's my question...isn't an iq test just another standardized test? i mean, i would think that to demonstrate that you don't do well on standardized tests you would use your gpa (or something) instead of another standardized test (which i assume an iq test is? i've never actually taken one)...

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if you're not taking a course, i'll say the bibles, no question

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UC Irvine Law 2009
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:29:27 AM »
pros? i got none...

cons:

no alumni base

new program may be sketchy

no aba...well, no different than any other school w/o aba approval (meaning can't take bar/practice in other states)

and whatever other problems a new school may face...

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