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 on: Yesterday at 09:29:38 PM 
Started by almighty - Last post by @_@
consider military, you can enlist as a paralegal as an officer in JAG even with just undergrad

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 on: Yesterday at 09:28:13 PM 
Started by Rafiki88 - Last post by @_@
Depends on the school, I knew guys with felonies so factor that in.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:26:48 PM 
Started by ssppiikkeerr - Last post by @_@
W beats F any day of the week

Its the GPA that matters. If your school makes the W into an Incomplete and that becomes adverse to GPA, freak out. If not, don't sweat it.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:36:11 PM 
Started by ssppiikkeerr - Last post by Citylaw
Miami is right on point.

I had three W's nobody really cared.

Believe it or not admissions committees do not look at every detail of an application. They are human beings and when a few people have to review between 3,000 and 10,000 applications in a few month period they don't review the transcript, personal statement etc in great detail.

For the most part you will either you go in the reject or accept pile based on your numbers, and a 3.7 GPA and 168 LSAT are pretty solid.

If you are really on the fence they might actually read your personal statement and decide to accept or reject you based on that. If after the personal statement your still on the fence they may actually read your letter's of recommendation and make a decision based on that. If your still on the fence they might review your major and the difficult of courses you took to obtain a 3.7 GPA. If your still on the fence after that they might look for W's and an upward or downward trend.

So basically what I am trying to say is more likely than not no admissions officer will even notice the W's.


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 on: Yesterday at 07:06:38 PM 
Started by passaroa25 - Last post by vanceap3
I guess you are right Delta!

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 on: Yesterday at 02:29:14 PM 
Started by ssppiikkeerr - Last post by ssppiikkeerr
Thank you for replying! That makes sense, I will use it as a tool to grow. Great way to express the upward trend from my first semester to now as well.

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 on: Yesterday at 02:23:21 PM 
Started by ssppiikkeerr - Last post by Miami88
I wouldn't stress out over it. It may warrant a brief addendum - but it won't break your app. This is a very minor flaw... if you were expelled, that's a major flaw... withdrawing from a course your first semester... please. Everyone, including those that get accepted to these top schools, has something in their app that isn't perfect. Which makes sense... we are all human. The difference in those who get accepted v those who don't is probably the way they present those flaws. Do they talk down about themselves? Do they disrespectfully and smugly shrug it off? Or do they accept it and use it as a vehicle to learn from - to grow. Go for the latter.

Good luck! And congrats on your high academic achievements thus far. :)

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 on: Yesterday at 01:31:10 PM 
Started by ssppiikkeerr - Last post by ssppiikkeerr
I am wondering how my 2 W's will play into my Law school admissions. preferably to top 20 schools. The W's are non-punitive and are not in my major. One was a class that I had already had credits for, (math) and the other was a Chem course that was going downhill. My current GPA is a 3.7  and right now my score is a 168. I do plan to retake my lsats; just giving a general idea of where I am coming from.  The W's came in my first semester of freshman year.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:55:38 AM 
Started by Rafiki88 - Last post by Maintain FL 350
The key is full, complete disclosure. Be completely honest, and you should be alright.

I don't know if you obtained your J.D. in the U.S., but if you did then you have already reported this to your law school and state bar (hopefully). I imagine the process is similar for LL.M programs.

Definitely check out the rules for admission to each individual state bar you plan on applying to, however. Some states are much stricter than others and you don't want to spend a couple of years on an LL.M only to be denied admission to the bar. Be sure to look into this.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:13:13 AM 
Started by yingjiangjp - Last post by Citylaw
Good post by Robert and many undergraduate universities have a pre-law advisor so you may want to see if your undergrad has one and see if they can put you in touch with someone studying for the LSAT. Or contact local universities i.e. Santa Clara, San Jose State, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State, Cal State Monterey etc and see if they have pre-law advisors.

The Dean of Monterey College of Law is also a frequent poster on this site and may be aware of LSAT study groups in the Bay Area.

Good luck with the LSAT.

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