I'm in a lynch mob? I had no idea. This is really worrying; I really don't have time for another extra-curricular activity.
Got a first-hand answer today from a friend who is a prof at a Tier 2 LS. Definite bump. Said schools want diversity, and very few people over 35 even apply, so good ones generally get an edge. Can easily overcome a mediocre GPA. Yay for us old fogies.
I'd like to see how you manage to make an argument for admission to law school on the basis of home-ownership or marriage status. Though I don't deny that it probably can be done, I think it's going to take a great deal of mental gymnastics, and probably a real ferretting out of some of your own assumptions.A woman in my Kaplan class is a real heartbreaker to me. She claims that all her life she's been desperate to be a lawyer. But she's bad at standardized tests, her LSAT's are in the 140s. I think it's mostly panic, but some of it is probably "inability to cogitate in a straightforward manner because of a lifetime of success with associative rather than rational thinking." Or some similar diagnosis. She's a near straight-A student, very dedicated. Probably make a better lawyer than me, definitely will get promoted faster, since she's eager to please, and wants to work for large corporate-like organizations, and looks damn hot in a business suit. She wants to make a case for her "dedication" and "desire" to be a lawyer being something the admissions committees should take into account. Should they? How is she going to convince them to? Is it the right plan?
Home ownership isn't a bump on applications.Home ownership doesn't necessarily mean that you know anything about real estate law. And the in-depth study of real estate law is not that central to core/mandatory law school curricula. (Also, law schools care about your life experiences - not possessions - to create a diverse class. Law school classes/profs usually don't really care about either.)Non-trads have some advantages (like putting some distance on bad GPAs), but don't overestimate the non-trad bump in your applications... keep at least one "safety" based on your numbers (as reported by LSDAS) where you're above the 75th in both LSAT and GPA.
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