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Law School Admissions / Re: Full time versus part time Law School
« on: March 19, 2004, 09:09:33 AM »
Thank you J,

I know ideally, it would be great to go full time, but I am open for whatever would get me into the law schools that I would want to go to.

I guess what I am really looking for is how do law schools decide between putting a student in full or part time? I have read that some people who apply for full time, get accepted part time and not full time. What is the real difference in the education, other than it taking a few years longer?

I do not know which to use in an application because I would not mind going full or part time. I just want to do whatever would give me better odds. I have heard that it is easier to go from full time to part time, but much harder to go from part time to full time. Is this true?


Law School Admissions / Re: Ques re: calling for status check
« on: March 19, 2004, 09:04:26 AM »
*69 gives you the last number that called your home.

*67 blocks your number from the people that you call. If you dial *67, and then someone dials *69 it will come up that your number is unlisted.

Atleast, I am pretty sure that is how it works :)

Law School Admissions / Full time versus part time Law School
« on: March 18, 2004, 01:16:55 PM »

I have a quick question that I have been tossing around for awhile. I have heard so many different opinions that I am starting to think that there is no definitive answer, but I thought it might be a help to hear some of your opinions or experiences.

I am currently working full time while going for my masters. I have established that I am a traditional student in the sense that I am 22, and would be starting my law school education a few weeks after I turn 24 (if all goes well). I am trying to stay very open about law school because I really want to get an education in law. With that in mind, I have been struggling to decide if I should apply for full or part time. I do not want to miss out on an opportunity because I slate myself one way or another. I would like to work while I go to school so that I could make money, but in the same respect I would love the full time law school experience...

I know that both options have their pros and cons, but how do you guys feel about full versus part time? Do you think it makes a difference if a student is full or part time?  I am just trying to get as much information as I can about the options that are out there.

Any opinions would be appreciated. It seems like this board has a good mix of educated people.


Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Needs a little help...
« on: March 18, 2004, 11:42:13 AM »

Thank you for setting some things straight for me. As I mentioned earlier, I never really had an advisor so things have been up in the air. I have tried to root through all of the information out there, to find the best ways to do things, but it is so hard not having someone to hash things out with. I appreciate your attempt to explain what traditional vs. nontraditional is.

Yes, I am 22 years old, was born August 18th. I managed to get through the double major in 4 years. I graduated in May, started my masters program in September. I am working full time and taking a full time load of night classes. I will graduate May 05 and want to start law school in September 05.

I might not have specified that I have done research into the schools that I would like to go to. I am looking to go to schools in NJ, NY, or PA. I have chosen about 7 schools that I would be interested in applying to. So I have an idea of the range of LSAT score I would need. I hope to get higher so that I could consider some other schools, but I figured that my score would give me an idea as to where I should apply.

I intend to get my all out of the Princeton Review. If they say people go up an average of 7 points I am definitely going to put in an effort to bring the score as high as I can. I would love to go up much more than 7 points (and hopefully I will) The prep course runs from the end of April to June 12th and I think the LSAT is June 14th. I think that this is the kind of course that I need. It is intensive study for about 2 months and then the test falls 2 days after my last class. With school at night and work during the day, I know this is the only way I can focus on doing the best I can.

I do agree that I might have done some things backwards, and in some areas I am already suffering from it. I know that many schools average the scores, but two of the schools that I am interested in take the highest score, so hopefully I will not be hurt to much by the fact that I took the test on a whim.

Thanks again for the information. You were most helpful


Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Needs a little help...
« on: March 18, 2004, 09:33:29 AM »
I am trying to improve the LSAT score. I start the Princeton Review in a week or two and then I will take the June LSAT.

The one person that I talked to about law school with when I was in my undergrad told me that nontraditional students are people who are not of political science/crim justice/history or english majors. I am guessing this is where I got confused as to what is traditional and what is not traditional.

Thanks for the info. :)

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Needs a little help...
« on: March 18, 2004, 08:36:40 AM »

I am new to the boards but I am very impressed with the amount of information that is listed here. I have a hundred questions, and for once I feel like I am not alone in being confused about law school.

I have read the previous post about the difference between traditional and non-traditional students. I am not sure whether or not I would fall into the traditional or nontraditional category. I know that when I told people I wanted to go to law school, no one could understand where that had come from. I am a 22 year old white woman.

I decided on the spur of the moment to take the LSAT. I never thought I would score anywhere near average without really trying, but I received a 150 on the test. This made me realize that if I had put some effort into the test and retook it, I would probably do well enough to get into a law school. I have signed up for a Princeton Review class and I figured that this would be a step in the right direction. They say that people who take their class go up an average of 7 points, so I figure that if that was true for me I would score a 157.

I graduated from my undergraduate in May with a 3.6. I was a double major in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and in Art with a concentration in graphic design. I worked 2 to 3 jobs through my entire 4-year stint as an undergrad. I was the president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and I was also the advertising manager for our school paper

After graduating I got a job as a marketing manager, but I was still not happy, so I started a masters program in Public and Corporate Communication. I should finish this up next May. I have hopes of going to law school that September. My current GPA for my masterís work is a 4.0. 

I am not sure that I am a traditional law school applicant because of the interests that I had and the path that I took in school. I would think that my perspective would be different than that of a prelaw or political science major. Also I think that having my masterís degree will make a difference. I am curious about this because I think it is important to stress how I would be different than other applicants, and if this does not make me different, I would have to think of something else that would make me stand out of the crowd.

Thanks in advance for the help because I do not have an advisor to go to with questions.


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