Law School Discussion

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 on: July 24, 2014, 07:42:55 PM 
Started by silverdoe91 - Last post by silverdoe91
It may be possible to get a 170+, but as you said it takes a ton of work. So does having 6 pack abs, learning a language, etc all of us are capable of doing all of these things, but we often do not accomplish it. I have known many people in my life that were studying for the LSAT and continually put it off for years waiting for everything to be perfect. Years passed and they never took the LSAT or attended law school. I took the LSAT and did not score a 170, but I was accepted into an ABA law school; passed the bar; and love my job as an attorney.

You love your job as an attorney? That is sincerely the first time I've heard that, in a really long time. So far everyone I've met working in law offices absolutely despises their job. And then there's all those statistics about how depressed lawyers are, and their astonishingly high suicide rates. I would love to hear a differing opinion on this matter. Would it be alright if I PM'd you? I'd like to find out more about the satisfying aspects of having a legal career.

 on: July 24, 2014, 07:39:05 PM 
Started by silverdoe91 - Last post by silverdoe91
sooner vs later
you can always repeat

But if I repeat, law schools will be able to see my test scores--even if they're really bad!

 on: July 24, 2014, 07:36:52 PM 
Started by silverdoe91 - Last post by silverdoe91
A big part of my desire to retake the exam is to get scholarship money. Going to a top-notch school would also be great, too, because graduates of such universities are more likely to get jobs in their field. Or at least that's what the statistics on Above The Law say. I don't know how much of it is true. But if I do go to law school, I want to minimize my risk of doing so as much as possible. Which means not graduating with debt, and going to a respectable school, that will not ostracize me from the market. I am hoping that getting a higher score will help me do that.

 on: July 24, 2014, 07:22:59 PM 
Started by silverdoe91 - Last post by silverdoe91
I understand that I won't be qualified for Affirmative Action (since it's made specifically to correct historical inequalities in the admissions process) but I know that law schools generally try to have a diverse student body, and I've heard they like to accept people from diverse backgrounds into their schools, just so they could boast about the diversity of their school, even if that diversity is negligible. For example, I hear some schools like to accept people from different states, just to increase their level of inter-state diversity. Or accept a student from a country that is underrepresented in their college. Does any of that hold true? If so, would I be considered one of these "diversity" targets?

My ethnic group is Bukharian.

 on: July 24, 2014, 05:49:41 PM 
Started by boomboom - Last post by Miami88
Where do you want to practice and in what capacity?

If you are planning to have your own practice in Naples, then I would just stay at Ave Maria. Anything else and I would recommend strongly considering the transfer.

I personally really like FIU. They have competitive employment prospects and for a fraction of the cost compared to FSU. FIU is also picking up traction. My hunch is they will be in the Top 50 within the next 10 years or so.

If you are dead set to work anywhere in North Florida or even in the South, I would say FSU. If you want to work in South Florida (other than the Naples area), I would say FIU. And if you are not sure of your future but want the best bang for your buck, I would also say FIU.

But those are just my gut reactions to a very general question. You need to think long and hard about your realistic goals and future needs. I would also recommend calling the schools up and speaking to them candidly about whatever your situation is. They may be able to shed light on the decision that we might not be able to.

 on: July 24, 2014, 04:48:13 PM 
Started by boomboom - Last post by boomboom
So i need to choose which law school to transfer to. I have a full scholarship at Ave Maria, but have no scholarships at FIU & FSU. I'm in the top 10% at Ave Maria and will lose my ranking when i transfer. Help please!

 on: July 23, 2014, 10:32:17 PM 
Started by silverdoe91 - Last post by Citylaw
Agree with both follow-up posts and particularly. Newlyminted's as I have seen that as well. I literally took the LSAT only, because I a girl I was dating in college  had flaked on it four times and I just said I would take it as support. We both went, but she cancelled her score this occurred eight years ago last time I talked with her I was a 2L and she was still studying for the LSAT.

She was a smart girl and probably would have done fine and hopefully she eventually did, but if OP got a 159 why not apply to some law schools and see what happens. If he/she is admitted with scholarships to several schools they can consider it, if everything is a disaster retake.

There are economic realities to delaying as well. The longer you wait to attend law school the less time you have to recoup your investment saving $10,000 on a scholarship is nothing when compared to using  two full years of employment as an attorney.

 on: July 23, 2014, 05:37:49 PM 
Started by silverdoe91 - Last post by NewlyMinted
I've seen people worry about admissions so long that others are worrying about the bar while they are still worried about admissions

At a certain point, you have to live your life.

 on: July 23, 2014, 04:08:22 PM 
Started by silverdoe91 - Last post by Odyssey
I completely agree with your main point of not waiting for everything to be perfect, I've seen the same thing happen to many people as well. The advice about motivation is spot on as well, half of my job is motivating students to do more work than they thought was possible. A 159 is a respectable score and could definitely get the OP into some good schools, but a 163 could get them into those same schools with scholarship money and the OP has demonstrated that they can achieve higher than that. I've seen a lot of students raise they're score the second time around without much prep because the anxiety isn't getting in their way as much. I would say definitely don't wait for everything to be perfect (because it probably never will be), but do be deliberate in your plan going forward.

 on: July 23, 2014, 12:13:49 PM 
Started by here4 - Last post by Groundhog
Good work!

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