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Current Law Students / For those who need a break...
« on: October 30, 2006, 12:01:51 PM »
Here's an article from one of the deans at my law school (BYU)'s a bit outdated from 1991, but I found it amusing nonetheless.

100 Yale L.J. 1679

Enjoy!  ;D

Law School Admissions / They wanted my fall grades...
« on: March 06, 2006, 09:20:53 AM »
My top school asked for my fall this a good thing or a bad thing?  I would think it means I'm borderline admit/waitlist as opposed to borderline reject/waitlist (I'd assume in the latter case they'd just waitlist me).  My grades were poor, but just slightly below my overall GPA (I'm a splitter).....any thoughts on whether this is all good or bad?  what are they looking for?  How much will this influence them?

Financial Aid / Financial Aid Questions
« on: February 07, 2006, 08:13:07 AM »
Any knowledge regarding the following questions would be very helpful:

1) I'm married w/ a child.  My wife is a stay-at-home mom.  I am going into law school straight out of undergrad (read: no savings).  Has anybody else been in this (or a similar) situation before?  Do you think my family and I can squeeze by on the budget the law school gives me, or will we have to find other sources of income?  If the latter is the case, will it all be private loans...and could I even get additional "student" loans, or would they be higher-rate private loans?

2) My EFC is 0...what kind of need-based aid can I get?  In CA as an undergrad last year I received ~13k in grants from the state...will I see anything like that in law school?

3) When do schools usually give you a full financial aid proposal?  Will I not see that until I accept?  Is there any chance I'll hear about need-based aid before the decision deadline?

4) Since my EFC is 0, does this mean that every school will find some way for me to pay for their budgeted amount in some way other than private loans?  I know this is the case for undergrad.  For law school the budget is usually ~45k.  18.5k in federal loans still leaves 25k+ to pay will this be made up in their financial aid package?  Do they sometimes offer loans from the school?  Will it all be scholarships/grants?

Any help is greatly appreciated...thanks.

Law School Admissions / James E. Rogers....
« on: February 06, 2006, 03:30:49 PM »
Here's an e-mail they sent me today....kinda funny I thought.


Law Admissions

As with everybody else, I'm looking for people to read my PS.  I just finished the first draft, but am hoping to get it done by early next week (ie 1/2-3/05).  I'm usually a decent writer, but I'm somewhat writing in a style that is atypical for me, and I really have no idea if my topic is good, if I'm approaching it correctly, if my style is good, if it's all bad, if it's organized well, if I'm emphasising the right get the picture.

Looking for good authors who can be blunt, and can get back to me within 24 hours of reading or so.  If interested, PM me.  I'll gladly read yours and be as blunt or un-blunt as you'd like me to be.

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / What to do...
« on: December 30, 2005, 02:07:22 PM »
I should have my apps totally ready to turn in by early next week at the latest.  I am having 3 recommenders - 2 profs, 1 non-prof.  Two of the three letters have been turned in, but one prof hasn't turned hers in and hasn't responded to my e-mail from a week ago.  Should I got ahead and turn in my apps anyways?  If I do, will ALL the schools FOR SURE still get her letter once she sends it in?  Is there a chance schools will just see my two letters, only one of them being academic, and think bad thoughts about me?

Any info appreciated...thanks.

Choosing the Right Law School / West Coast Splitter....where to?
« on: December 30, 2005, 02:00:52 PM »
I'm a true splitter...2.88/170.  I have a few excuses for the GPA (Computer Engineering major at UCLA, married with a daughter), but it's still a 2.88 in the end.  I'm looking to get into Intellectual Property Law (to become a patent attorney).  I'm from Southern California and would like to stay in the area...preferably Southern California or Utah.  However, I'd consider anywhere if I got into a T14.  My number one choice is probably BYU, where I have about a 50/50 shot.  I'll also definitely be applying to USD (where I should be gauranteed in) and Santa Clara (where I should get in, and they have a good IP program).

Looking for suggestions for other schools...looking for top schools that place a heavy emphasis on LSAT, or lower schools on the west coast with good IP programs.

Thanks in advance.

« on: December 22, 2005, 02:48:21 PM »
Use this thread to post if you received your score and when

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Topic Ideas
« on: December 16, 2005, 10:09:38 AM »
So my life for the month of November was all LSAT, then I had finals and whatnot, and I'm just now going to get started with my PS.  I haven't really had a serious brainstorming session yet, but I've thought of two ideas so far and wanted some feedback (ie both horrible, one has potential, both have potential, why, etc.).

Idea #1: Talk about what it's like to work at Best Buy selling computers.  I'm a Computer Engineering major (read: nerdling), so I figure I could play up the sales part of it, which would address my people skills, etc. (a different side of me from my major).  I could also relate selling a computer to making arguments as an attorney, etc...but I want to do patent law, so that doesn't necessarily apply....lastly, I could throw some humor in w/ funny stories.

Idea #2: Talk about my struggle with my parents when I joined the LDS (Mormon) Church a few years ago.  They were very much against it, which led to lots of drama that should be interesting to read about.  I ended up joining, despite the threats, and everything is hunky-dory this would show character/stick-to-itiveness and have a happy ending.

I have a horrible GPA (LSAC = 2.88) but will hopefully have 172-178 LSAT (waiting on Dec '05), so I REALLY need a rock solid PS, as they'll be relying on it heavily.  Be blunt!

Studying for the LSAT / Working for testmasters (or someplace else)
« on: December 13, 2005, 12:47:38 AM »
I took the December LSAT and I felt pretty good about it...I'd say I'm reasonably confident that I'll get in the 99th percentile.  If that is the case, I'd like to work for testmasters or some other prep company.  I know there are some people on here who do just that, and I was wondering if you could tell me a little about the application process - how long it takes, what it involves, etc...  Also, how long does it usually take from the time you apply until you start working?  Any other tips/stories/experiences/etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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