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lawschool812

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*For those that are in this special situation*
« on: December 11, 2006, 05:37:14 PM »
If anyone here knows of, heard of, or is one of those aspiring to continue law school after you have been academically dismissed from an ABA-accredited law school....please post your stories or experiences here. 

I know that 99% of those applying to law school have never been to law school and probably aren't interested in this post.  But there are students that have been academically dismissed and they are in a unique or interesting situation.  Hardly anything is written about this and so I wanted to make an effort to put this on the forefront in hopes of obtaining valuable and useful information and advice.  Thank you everyone! 

Questions:
1.   Do ABA-accredited law schools accept students that have been academically dismissed?  If so, do they have a special policy or process for admitting them?  What does that student have to do?
2.   How can a student in this situation can do in order to enhance his/her chances to be admitted back into an ABA-accredit law school?
3.       Do they have to re-take the LSATs?
4.       Does employment history help the application of the student?
5.       Does being a certified paralegal help?
6.   Any further recommendations or related experiences/stories that may help?

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Re: *For those that are in this special situation*
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2006, 06:05:50 PM »
And I'd imagine you'd need to go down a tier from wherever you were.

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Re: *For those that are in this special situation*
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006, 10:07:04 PM »
And I'd imagine you'd need to go down a tier from wherever you were.

What if you got kicked out of Cooley?

(Theoretically speaking, of course...)

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Re: *For those that are in this special situation*
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2006, 01:46:30 PM »
Got information from another student that recently visited law schools regarding this matter/situation.

- You guys are right, one heck of a personal statement is NEEDED!  It needs to address the problem that caused the dismissal and show how it has been resolve AND persuade the admissions committee why you will be successful in law school this time around.

- Letters of recomendations should also address this issue in some way.

- Applying to a lower tier CAN help.

- Employment history showing your maturity and responsibility.

- Paraelgal certificate showing your dedication and interest in the field of law and having a good GPA in the Paralegal Program should help.

- Depending on the school, applying to a PART-TIME DAY program showing the committee that you are willing to take it slow and to make sure the load of classes will not be overwhelming.

- Or wait 5 years and retake the LSATs and kick ass.

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Re: *For those that are in this special situation*
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2006, 01:50:35 PM »
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What if you got kicked out of Cooley?

Then you could go to Stanford! It's a tier lower!

Better take UChicago to be sure, since it's two tiers below. Better to be on the safe side I'd say.

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Re: *For those that are in this special situation*
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2006, 03:24:39 PM »
I agree, except no real need to wait 5 years on the LSAT test anymore. 
You could just kick its butt in a few months.

But time off in between failing out of law school and trying to get back in can do nothing but help, IMO.