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My 146 & My Dilemma

My 146 & My Dilemma
« on: May 20, 2006, 03:56:40 PM »
ok so here it goes. I always wanted to do law. Went to a decent private business school in NYC. But then came the LSAT and almost shattered my dreams. I scored a 146 and still feel awful about it. Got rejected by 9 schools as expected but just got my acceptance at Touro. Now i am not sure if i should do law at a school such as Touro which obviously has the lowest rating in the NY region. Is it worth getting a law degre from such a school or should i just go with the MBA option. I am pretty sure i can do well on the GMAT. But i want to make sure that i did not make the wrong decision. This is such an important time of our lives and i would appreciate if i could get honest responses. Thanks a lot in advance.

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Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2006, 04:07:10 PM »
If you still want to go to a law school with better job prospect than Touro, I would suggest that you might want to retake the LSAT and apply again next cycle.  You have all summer to study for the Sept 30th exam.  If you're not disciplined enough to study on your own, then you could take a prep course.  And to answer your question "if it's worth it to get a law degree from Touro" that is a question only you can answer. 

Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2006, 04:17:26 PM »
I agree with the two above posters who reccomend retaking the LSAT. I retook it, and did 7 points better on my second try. If you live close to a testmasters(which I took) or powerscore, take that. If not, I would reccomend the powerscore books.

If you are deadset against taking the LSAT, nothing wrong with going to Touro, Don't get to caught up in the rankings.  Most tier 3 schools place well regionally, and have decent bar passage rates, although I don't know the details about Touro. 

As far as going the MBA route, it sounds to me like(although I could be wrong) you don't really want to get an MBA, but what is leading you in that directions is that you could get into a higher ranked mba program then Law program. Sounds to me like you would be making a mistake ditching law for an MBA IMO.

Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006, 12:20:10 AM »
If you still want to go to a law school with better job prospect than Touro, I would suggest that you might want to retake the LSAT and apply again next cycle.  You have all summer to study for the Sept 30th exam.  If you're not disciplined enough to study on your own, then you could take a prep course.  And to answer your question "if it's worth it to get a law degree from Touro" that is a question only you can answer. 

titcr. i think this is one of the most reasoned answers i have read here that didnt involve calling ppl idiots and demeaning their existence/school.

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Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2006, 12:51:16 AM »
You might consider Northwestern's JD/MBA program.  When applying to the joint degree program, a LSAT score is not required.  Instead, you'll need to submit a GMAT score but, trust me (I'm a LSAT and GMAT prep instructor), the GMAT is far easier than the LSAT.

Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2006, 08:28:57 AM »
You might consider Northwestern's JD/MBA program.  When applying to the joint degree program, a LSAT score is not required.  Instead, you'll need to submit a GMAT score but, trust me (I'm a LSAT and GMAT prep instructor), the GMAT is far easier than the LSAT.

Thats a great recommendation. Could you shed more light on it. Also after getting this joint degree can you practice law like you would after graduating with a law degree.

terpsichore

Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006, 08:40:30 AM »

Thats a great recommendation. Could you shed more light on it. Also after getting this joint degree can you practice law like you would after graduating with a law degree.

Here is the link to the JD/MBA Admissions page: http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/jdmba/

Yes, you earn a "real" JD and MBA.  To practice law, of course, you'll need to pass the bar like everyone else who goes to law school.  Northwestern's JD/MBA program is also unique in that it only takes 3 years to complete the program (most JD/MBAs take 4 yrs)... but check out the link above it has all the particulars you'll need.

Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2006, 08:56:06 AM »

Thats a great recommendation. Could you shed more light on it. Also after getting this joint degree can you practice law like you would after graduating with a law degree.

Here is the link to the JD/MBA Admissions page: http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/jdmba/

Yes, you earn a "real" JD and MBA.  To practice law, of course, you'll need to pass the bar like everyone else who goes to law school.  Northwestern's JD/MBA program is also unique in that it only takes 3 years to complete the program (most JD/MBAs take 4 yrs)... but check out the link above it has all the particulars you'll need.

What kind of GMAT score does northwestern need? I have a 3.50 Undergrad from a private business school in NYC. Do you think i can get in at northwestern?

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Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2006, 10:43:28 AM »
I think work experience is going to be a big factor here.  Unlike law school, top MBA programs want solid work experience, usually two years minimum. 

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Re: My 146 & My Dilemma
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2006, 12:00:25 PM »
I hear that Northwestern biz (kellogg) school values extensive work experience (longer than most, something like 5 years) but I could be wrong...