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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: PT vs. FT given my situation
« on: February 24, 2009, 06:23:50 AM »
Agreed with the above.  If you feel that you can handle working while doing part-time law school, then go for it. The law review/moot court thing is probably most important if you're looking for biglaw jobs...But in that case, the P/T degree is probably not the best idea. 

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: U.S. News may go under
« on: February 23, 2009, 07:59:39 PM »
Personally, I think that a better way to measure the ability of incoming students would be the writing of an argumentative essay....While it's not neat enough to include numbers, it does have some strong points.  It allows for more tailored responses to students and a more solid idea of who the person is individually.  These essays could be written in an LSAT-like setting, where the topic would be given to the writers that day and given a limited amount of time to write, to eliminate cheating.

Oddly enough, that's actually a fairly good selection, considering that you have no idea what your LSAT will be.  I'd still encourage you to branch out a bit more, though...Basically, when you get your LSAT, your score will lock you into one of the four, and that may not be a desirable outcome.

If donating the money to a particular school would get you admission, you need to think long and hard about whether or not you want to trust your legal education with that school.

Quite frankly, even if your diagnostic test says that you don't need LSAT prep, you NEED LSAT prep, regardless.  Your actual score will be around 5-10 points lower than your diagnostic, and even a few points can make a huge difference in scholarship potential.  After you get your LSAT, compare it with your target schools.  Personally, since I needed some large scholarships, I applied mainly to schools which I was above the 75th Percentile in both LSAT and GPA. Luckily for you, LSAT heavily outweighs GPA, so you have a huge opportunity to almost undo 3 years of not caring about school.  Then, start visiting, wait for the offers, and accept one.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: U.S. News may go under
« on: February 23, 2009, 05:53:44 PM »
Not necessarily.  One of the most successful public defenders in my hometown had a 142 LSAT and attended Cooley.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 23, 2009, 05:52:42 PM »
Well, as for diversity of opinion, most law schools are more on the extreme liberal side of things - isn't it possible that GMU is a form of diversity in and of itself? 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 23, 2009, 03:53:38 PM »
No, I didn't, because the link was broken.  I'm just saying that a conservative atmosphere does not mean that it's not diverse. (I am taking diverse to mean in the AA sense here, although I do think that the word as applied there is rather misleading)  You posted the racial status yourself - I'm not sure what else exactly that you want them to do....

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: App, OCU, or Miss College?
« on: February 23, 2009, 01:52:14 PM »
As someone who lives fairly close to Appalachian, I can testify to the fact that it is NOT well respected in this area.  Avoid it, if possible.  Where you should go instead depends on where you want to practice, of course..But avoid Appalachian.

All of those schools would probably be good for what you're wanting to do, although realize ahead of time that you should expect not to receive much in scholarships if you're in the mid 160s.  Of those schools that you mentioned, your best bet is probably Fordham, since it's in NYC anyway.  You should also realize that your score on practice tests, particularly internet ones, are probably going to be significantly higher than your real test score.  Whatever you do, don't skimp on LSAT prep.  You are going to NEED some high scores.

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