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Law School Admissions / California schools reported bar passage rates
« on: April 27, 2006, 07:43:16 AM »
Quick question (and forgive me if its been asked before):  When the California ABA approved schools report first time bar passage rates, are they including only California Bar Exam takers, or all Bar exams from all states?  The Cal Bar is arguably one of the most difficult to pass.  In looking at this important statistic, it is possible that regional schools, such as Golden Gate, suffer from the fact that most students remain in California after graduation and attempt the Cal-Bar; whereas a certain percentage of Stanford grads, as an example,  leave California and attempt exams from other states, of which the pass rates may be significantly higher.

Law School Admissions / Re: Validity of LSAT as a gauge of success
« on: April 27, 2006, 07:37:32 AM »
An interesting statistic would be a measure of LSAT scores of students who took the LSAT after successful completion of 1L studies (if you think about it, there may be compelling reasons to do is, e.g. transfers and schlorship enhancement.  If LSAT is a factor in LS success, one could argue that the curriculum of 1L would give a student the skills to perform better on the LSAT.  Perhaps law school itself, is the best prep course one could take for the LSAT.

Law School Admissions / Re: Rudest Admissions Offices
« on: April 14, 2006, 04:20:46 PM »
at Starbucks, complaign to the manager.  With admissions people, of course, just grit my teeth and take it.  I'm only saying the way we should be treated -- but alas, the world of LS admissions is quite different from the retail world, so I suppose the Starbucks analogy was a poor one.

Law School Admissions / Re: Rudest Admissions Offices
« on: April 14, 2006, 04:09:10 PM »
what bugs me about reading all this is that most of us (at least us low LSATers) have to pay application fees.  In my mind that makes us paying customers to these people, and they need to, at a minium, treat us with some respect and answer our questions with timely and accurate information.  If someone is rude to you at Starbucks after paying $3 for a latte, are you going to put up with it? 

don't get snipped!  I went through hell with pain afterwards.  It took me several years to get over...

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Do we get a break?
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:48:03 AM »
JVAN2619 - thank you for the compliment about my son.  I wish he (his name is Ethan) was on an Ad Committee -- I'm sure he would accept me  ::)

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Do we get a break?
« on: April 07, 2006, 12:24:29 AM »
I am very frustrated.  I have 20 years work experience in management, certified in a highly tech field, had good grades in a difficult Chemistry major at UC Berkeley, got an MBA later (3.87) but that's not enough to counter a rather bad LSAT.  One school that rejected me said -- there are just too many excellent applicants to fill the limited seats available -- form letter mumbo jumbo -- I could have told them that and saved $75.  Anyway, all I can hope for now is the Tier 4 school my Dad went too and that's not a guareetee.  I have been accepted to a good Calfornia Non-ABA, but you know how that goes... :'(  Eventhough a school may say in its literature that LSAT/GPA are not determinative, I think they all are.  There just isn't enough time to properly evaluate the unique contributions that a non-trad can make.

Law School Admissions / cure for waiting
« on: March 26, 2006, 11:46:32 AM »
I leave tomorrow for Japan for 10 days on business.  I've had my mail stopped because I was worried a letter might fall out of the box, or get ripped off.  I even thought about asking my ex-wife to check on my mail, but decided against it.  I think getting away for a few weeks will help my anxiety.  But, how long, typically, do the schools give you to make a decision and send in your check??  I suppose it varies.  Don't want to miss out on a seat just because I am a way for awhile...

Law School Admissions / Re: Part Time Programs
« on: March 25, 2006, 01:32:08 PM »
thanks for the clarification; that is something to consider.  My father actually went to GGU when he was about my age (39).  It took him three tries to pass the bar, but when on to have an awesome career in intellectual property law for the biotech industry.  I always thought his difficulty in passing the bar was related to personal problems (he had a few) going on in his life... ;)...but maybe it was the school

Law School Admissions / Re: Part Time Programs
« on: March 25, 2006, 11:51:29 AM »
according to Golden Gate's website, "all students who enter and/or graduate during the (two year) probationary period are considered to have graduated from an ABA accredited school".  Does this mean that if I start in Fall 2006 and they lose accreditation in 2007, even if I graduate in 2010, I will have graduated from an ABA school???

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