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How I Got Into A Top Law School

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There are many ways to get into law school. But I thought I’d share my journey from undergrad to UCLA Law; everything from getting good grades in college, to taking the LSAT, to playing the waitlist game over the summer. I call my story "Legally Brunette." I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an attorney. Seeing the dramatizations of trial lawyers on TV made me want to get into a courtroom myself. So I did my best to get good grades throughout high school and college. I studied hard and participated in mock trial. When the time came, I studied the LSAT for months. I studied the crap out of the strategies and tactics in order to get a good score on the LSAT. A good LSAT score is the single most important thing you can do to get into law school. Eventually, I applied to the top 20 law schools in the country. I was accepted into some, rejected by others, and waitlisted at a few. But I got into the school of my choice (UCLA) and did pretty well (mostly A’s). I got the job of my dreams and am a practicing attorney to this day. In my spare time, I teach current law students how to kick ass in law school. Here’s my prior video on the best major for law school: https://youtu.be/nnfJEHRDmg0 ======================================================== Get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school, and more . . . ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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Sergio Rocha (4 hours ago)
Did my undergrad at UCLA, hopefully I get into UCLA's school of law
CJA Mayo (1 day ago)
Philosophy with an emphasis on logic is probably the best and most helpful degree for law school
Big Joe (1 day ago)
I’m 14 and already learning as much as I can. Your videos help. Thank you.
Jerry Wang (1 day ago)
I'm a freshman in highschool right now, however i'm interested in going to law school in the future. Is there anything you can do in high school (extracurricular/certain classes)?
Luis Velasco (1 day ago)
What about students who are currently working full time jobs, would you recommend they attend law school or would you imagine that working and being successful in law school is an impossibility or so incredibly difficult that it might as well be an impossibility?
sudokuzcalkami (1 day ago)
Hey James, I have a question about mock trials. I am not from the US and I know only basic things about law and judicial system in America but I know that every state has different laws and rules for lawyers. I was wondering how mock trials are conducted if you are studying law in California and competition is held in Vegas with Nevadan judge. I'm not sure if it's just in my brain but I feel like going from Californian law to Nevadan judge is like going from German law to French judge. Please correct me if I'm wrong and I would really appreciate the answer. Sorry for any language mistakes, I'm not native English speaker.
T9 Wurd (2 days ago)
Could you give some good reading recommendations for people not in law who want to understand it more
Tom Breedveld (2 days ago)
Objection! ‘Brunette’ is a French female word, so this technically doesn’t apply to you. You would be Legally Brown-Haired, or Legally Brunet, if you wish to poetically adhere to French grammar rules. Love the videos btw, keep it up!
Alchemist1330 (5 days ago)
Is a Law school outside of the T14 really a top law school...
Blake Stone (9 days ago)
Objection! A male brunette is a brunet!
Anne Reilley (10 days ago)
Saying "ah" in every sentence is distracting. It's easy to edit it out or just be careful and not say it.
Thatsprettiemuchit (11 days ago)
NYT Crossword love putting LSAT as an answer
Dr Shyho (12 days ago)
klo
mirasga (12 days ago)
I got good grades and aced the law school entrance exam. During the interview the Asst. Dean asked me why I wanted to be a lawyer and I replied "I want to be different from the rest of my family who are into engineering and medical fields." He then told me: "You want to be different? Well, you can become acrobat instead."
Sam (14 days ago)
v Dcraft2900
daniel (15 days ago)
170 = 97% percentile not 99%
Amazingly Awkward (15 days ago)
Can you not just do a law degree in the US then? Just confused as a Brit why you did a Politic Sci degree then went to Law School? I mean in the UK you have to do a couple of things before you have the chance to be on the bar but Id wager 95% have a law degree. This is just based on my year of law study in high school and what my teacher said who was an ex barrister so idk
Amazingly Awkward (8 days ago)
+杨凯琳 ah OK
杨凯琳 (8 days ago)
in lots of countries you need a 4-year undergrad degree before law school. it's a post-graduate degree in the US.
Siene (16 days ago)
If you look at this guy for a while, he starts to look like a simulation
Kenzie H. (16 days ago)
Do you recommend officially retaking the LSAT? Knowing that law schools can see every time you take it, is it worth the risk of retaking it?
Mr Charles (17 days ago)
Cool story. Do you still enjoy watching the old Law and Order? Have you seen Damages with Glen CLose? It's​ probably my favorite law tv show. Just discovered your channel today, great stuff.
Honey Sirachi (17 days ago)
I have no interest in law but I find your videos fascinating, thank you for telling us your experience
Honk Honk (17 days ago)
I got a 157 on my first practice LSAT. Near perfect on the logical games, meh on logical reasoning, but pretty shitty on the reading comprehension. How do I do better on the reading comprehension part? Also, how do I write a good writing sample?
Honk Honk (17 days ago)
OBJECTION at 6:55 your discussion of the LSAT is inaccurate.
SearlsTech (18 days ago)
If I score a 170+ on an LSAT does it matter that I have a 2.5 GPA in undergrad if I want to go to Ivy League Law program?
tbird dontshoot (6 days ago)
SearlsTech I don’t know what to say here.
Zalika Issiakou (18 days ago)
I have no interest in becoming a lawyer but really love your videos!
Anthea Johnson (18 days ago)
I'm not even in law school, but this is interesting!
Softy (19 days ago)
I wanted to be either a lawyer or a scientist as a kid. Sadly I also hate paperwork and reading walls of jargon. So I became a computer scientist.
Elenora Daimio (20 days ago)
tl;dr : studied to death.
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Caio Almeida (21 days ago)
Honestly, if the major you choose won't help you at all in law school, why do they require it? I'm from Brazil and here we don't the undergraduate and graduate system, you just leave high school and choose whatever faculty suits you best, and if you score high enough on your exams you get in. Also, I've studied in Europe as an exchange student and it works like that there too, except for England.
John R Watters II (22 days ago)
To everyone thinking of majoring in poly sci in order to go to law school, you should know that he's absolutely right about the lack of preparation for law school, and also, in my experience, a fair number of poly sci students are f*cking unbearable. Study what you love, but Logic, Ethics, Philosophy, English Composition, there's your sweet spot if you want some electives. Imho. Full Disclosure: I had a 3.8 and my sights on Cornell, then I re-evaluated, had some drama (and a child), relaxed a little, graduated with a  3.4 and took a 157 LSAT to a regional with a sweet scholarship, happy af. So, take it how you will. Also: "Best law school" is subjective. I encourage all of you to truly understand this concept. With all of the above, I was able to join a nationally-respected, championship-caliber trial team, because that's what I was personally concerned with. Another example: When was the last time you were talking about the best law schools and someone said Stetson? Yet, they are destroying schools in tournaments across the nation. I've witnessed it. And I have seen Harvard barely show up. "Best law school" is subjective.
Victor Lopez (22 days ago)
I’m not even a pre-law student and I’m subbed! Good stuff!
Harpo Mason (22 days ago)
So much discrimination in the judicial has transformed it from a system of Justice into an incredible accusation industry where the monetary bottom line has become more important than finding the truth. Most (not all) Police, prosecutors, Jails and jailers care not about the guilt or innocence of those they lock up. Their budgets are determined by body counts. The poor and ignorant are constantly sheared like sheep through uncivil theft made legal by calling it civil forfeiture. The indigent are considered the ineffective and un-resourceful. Easy targets for those who police for profit. Overstepping constitutional boundaries is commonplace and not even hidden anymore. Arrogance backed by color of law running ruck-shod over the rights of the private people. They are doing all they can to outlaw having a private identity and therefor being able to claim any private rights at all. I am told to identify myself but also told to go to a government agency (department of public safety) to get the only identity document they will accept. No one at that agency building knows who I am. I cannot be accurately identified by people who do not know me. I have walked into the public safety office and asked to be identified and no one could even tell me my name, much less where i live or what my occupation is. Statutory law is nothing more than the will of the tyrants who do not want you to identify yourself. They want to coerce you into letting them identify you as a slave who consented to all the unlawful actions they wish to use in order to legalize their tyrannical actions against you. A fine is a tax on the product of your future time of life. Can you agree to give them something that does not yet exist? You may be hit by a bus and not have a tomorrow. This would eliminate your compensation for your future work. That is what the accusation industry is after. your future before it exist or they take the product of your past. Taking the present is done by placing you in jail. That covers the evil nature of the injustice system. The Judicial is an incredible accusation industry designed to steal your past, present and future time of life and the product thereof. This experiment in civil self governance needs a reset button. Because the reasonable expectation of privacy in this day and age has been eliminated by immoral public policy. Blessings, love and respect without prejudice sent from the exclusively private political asylum of The Honorable Lord Winston McKinney's Kingdom of Heaven on earth. A legal jurisdiction outside of every lawless earthly societies subject matter jurisdiction. The only lawful place I feel safe is under the protective custody of my father in heaven.
Speciosa (23 days ago)
OBJECTION! You sir are mistaking about when you said police are not allowed to carry machine guns. That all depends on what state you work in. Here in Alaska our local PD issues a colt M4A1 to every officer. Fun rifles to shoot I'll say that. Little late now but still thought it was revelant. Great video!
Jemma Hall (23 days ago)
Billy Flynn made me wanna be a lawyer
Jemma Hall (23 days ago)
so did elle woods
Bob Crane (23 days ago)
Review the TV show Boston Legal
Adam Rassi (23 days ago)
You're a Bruin... boooooo 👎👎👎 fight on, Trojans ✌and yes, I did go to SC for grad school. Kidding aside, what they dont know is that UCLA was my first choice for undergrad. UCLA Law and Medical are as good as you can get. Happy I stumbled upon your channel and even though, technically, you're the enemy, Ill keep watching.
Kundai Gotore (23 days ago)
Sounds like a character from American Psycho
Quantumly (25 days ago)
OMG!!! I'm a Freshman at UCLA as well! 😂😂😂 I literally just started watching your channel after the fall quarter instruction begins (today)
Islam is cancer (25 days ago)
LSAT doesn't require months of practice to pass. It's an IQ test which doesn't require any prior knowledge and unfortunately two months of practice aren't enough to significantly alter your IQ. Some practice is necessary to become familiar with the format of the test but two months every day seems excessive. After some practice the score will plateau at your IQ level. Anyway, your score was quite impressive, measuring your IQ at over 130. As a side note, top schools aren't at the top because they're the best. They're at the top because they select only the most brilliant of minds.
Chuckwagon 524 (25 days ago)
Not quite an objection but seems to me the best undergrad major would be something in relation to the type of law you want to pursue. Accident attorneys may want a pre-med background, copyright attorneys maybe engineering, contrsct lawyers maybe business. Since a lot of lawyers might end up on their own, some marketing knowledge might be helpful, but obviously there are people you can pay to do that.
Matthew Nicholson (26 days ago)
Add-on (not objection)- It was TNT.. this was back when TBS showed 007 marathons on many holiday weekends. (we affectionately called them 'The Bond Station'..! )
Randage (26 days ago)
I don't even know how I got in Yale LS
sw0rdz (26 days ago)
I have a degree in Computer Science & Mathematics. Some of the LSAT questions remind me of the logic courses I took. Some of them can even be answered using a truth table.
Kronus (3 days ago)
Majored in statistics, and now thinking of going into law school, andand yes a lot of the logic is similar
A Williams (15 days ago)
I loved all of that mathematical logic stuff in CS and maths. If p and not q implies bla blah blah. I haven't tried an LSAT test though - in my country a law degree is 4 years (instead of doing the LSAT plus 3 years like in the US). Having a degree already doesn't shorten the 4 year duration.
hajira zia. (27 days ago)
Right here from a lawyer in Pakistan- enjoy watching these videos! thank you for uploading👍
Adam Ryan (28 days ago)
Why are there barristers and solicitors in UK/Ireland and not in US?
Sheriff Industries (28 days ago)
Adam Ryan Barristers deal in open court while solicitors are not permitted to plead cases in open court. Barristers deal with clients through their solicitors.
Rafael Cabrera (29 days ago)
NIGGA i live in a THIRD WORLD country, damn i hate living here
Personally, I don't think UCLA is “one of the best law schools in the country”
Jacqueline (28 days ago)
I'll give you credit; at least you refined your original comment ("UCLA is not one of the top law schools by any stretch of the imagination") and qualified it by editing it as, "Personally, I don't think..." I'm curious -- are you a law student or are you just an outsider to the legal field? I must imagine it is the latter. Also, do you understand that every year, a third of UCLA Law students are recruited by big law firms (i.e. firms that pay $190,000 starting salaries)? Why would they recruit from UCLA to such a proportion if UCLA is not a top law school? The way you phrased your explanation makes me think you must be joking or trolling me.
USNR ranked it number 16, which means that it's not one of the bests. It doesn't matter if it's ranked number 15 or number 500. The cutoff is at T14. You can't claim to be one of the bests if there is an entire league above you.
Jacqueline (28 days ago)
Uhh...Dude, UCLA Law is ranked between 15 to 17 consistently each year by US News & World Report. Last year, it was tied with Georgetown Law. There are over 200 ABA-accredited law schools, so of course UCLA is a top law school. It's not T-14, but it's a Top 20 law school.
Joshua Flashman (1 month ago)
Cops actually are allowed to carry machine guns. Depends entirely on the department and unit.
markus mechner (1 month ago)
Did you went to gender studies in UCLA?
Corrie De Beer (1 month ago)
why dont you do a video on what the difference between a lawyer and an attorney.
Tyler Channell (1 month ago)
Question: if every law school teaches the same thing essentially, why does the ranking matter?
Tyler Channell (28 days ago)
+Jacqueline thank you
Jacqueline (28 days ago)
Because law firms (the top ones, at least) are extremely elitist. They only recruit from 1) top law schools and 2) top students from those top law schools. For instance, about a third of UCLA Law students go into big law compared to a lower-ranked school in LA (e.g. Southwestern Law) where only 1-2 percent are recruited into big law. Big law jobs currently start at $190,000 whereas a lot of small firms only pay $50,000 to $65,000 initially.
Tyler Channell (1 month ago)
+The Zen Show Understandable. Like I'm trying to go to law school now and I scored in the mid 140s twice. My friend, who is currently in law school, wants me to apply to like Thomas Jefferson, La Verne, etc. But I dont want to go there... I guess she thinks I'm being snobby because I at least want to go somewhere with some "credibility" if that makes sense. But she keeps telling me it doesnt matter since I want to be a public defender.
The Zen Show (1 month ago)
A few reasons. Exclusivity, Alumni, History etc Harvard has graduated tons of presidents and is considered one of the hardest law schools to get into. You also need to have TOP stats. That is why its ranked top 5.
UltimateAveda (1 month ago)
How do you not have millions of views?! This is really a great video. Thumbs up! :)
Christian Romano (1 month ago)
Objection: a paralegal degree from a community college will teach you essentially everything you learn in the first year of law school, plus you can work in a firm earning yourself some great experience!
Stephanie Parra (4 hours ago)
Paralegal degree (2yrs) then complete a bachelors (2 more years) in legal studies should be a great plan. Then of to law school and by then you should have at least 3 years experience in the field. Seems like a great plan to me.
Amazingly Awkward (15 days ago)
I agree with this, did a lot of research about becoming a paralegal myself
Denise Crane (28 days ago)
Excellent point! I have a paralegal degree and it gives you a fundamental understanding of what you'd learn in law school. Of course, you will go much more in-depth and paralegals are not lawyers, but going into law school with a great grasp on the different types of law and how to do briefs, legal research, arguments, etc. will do nothing but help you and put you ahead of your peers.
Christian Romano (28 days ago)
Obviously, but you could also say that a paralegal who spent a few years working in a specialized field of law will know more about that particular area than a recent graduate ( because you learn the actual practice instead of hypothetical theory). And so if you already know what area of law you want to practice in working as a paralegal in that field can certainty give you a comparative advantage over your peers. Furthermore, don't quote me on this, but if you work as a paralegal for x amount of years you can become eligible to take the bar exam.
Ini Ade (29 days ago)
long run though u can't compare lawyers to paralegals
Amer (1 month ago)
Great video! I’m glad I came across your channel! If I were to attend a regional law school ranked in the 90s but landed a job at DLA Piper or Cooley llp, would the lower tier school still be a hurdle if I moved to LA a couple years later and applied to another big firm? Thank you.
Johnny6767g (1 month ago)
Lawyers can carry machine guns?!
Obesno0 (1 month ago)
If anyone tries to tell them they can't they would make a 7 hour explanation that doesn't really prove their point but causes the opposite party to agree with them anyway.
Darren Shebell (1 month ago)
You didn't make it into Harvard!!!! No Pearson, Specter & Litt law firm practicing for you!!!!!
Islam is cancer (21 days ago)
They're a bunch of hacks anyway.
Giulia Zanini (1 month ago)
Can you do a video explaining how law school works in USA? I’m from Brazil and I attend law school here. I assume it’s very different since we follow the civil law and you guys the common law.
Kale Perrien (1 month ago)
I really wanted to be an architect, but turns out they aren’t allowed to carry machine guns either.
Matt F (6 days ago)
I always wanted to pretend to be an architect
Mikus (1 month ago)
I have a degree in Paralegal Studies. I know you said no major helps that much in law school, but do you think that a Paralegal degree might help a bit more than others?
Aradio (1 month ago)
What if you have an average gpa and a very high LSAT ? Would u still get accepted to good law school?
foreverbrit97 (14 days ago)
Define average gpa? If you're a splitter with a 168+ I think you should get in at least a T20
Benjamin Kimberlin (1 month ago)
My brother was an instructor for Test Master! He got a perfect score on the LSAT
Jess.D.M (1 month ago)
You have a face over your face
No one likes to talk about this but could you please explain what law school cost you? At the end of the day, that is what is stoping most of us. I am an international student (Bulgarian) currently in my third year of my LLB at Coventry. I would really like to study law in the United States but it almost seems impossible if you are not a multi millionaire.
TomSam (1 month ago)
Look on his channel he has a video about, is it worth it, talking about the costs.
prachya bhattacharya (1 month ago)
Here in India it gets so much more tougher due to the population . Around 90000 law students appear and only 200 get in top 5 law colleges . And unlike USA here there is a huge disparity between the top 5 and the other colleges .
MMOInformers (1 month ago)
I understand that feeling, where you study so hard, get really high averages in practice test, but get significantly lower on the real exam... fortunately for me, the opposite happened, I averaged 94% on my math exam on my own and scored 99% on the actual one. It is really difficult to prepare well for every single question, so maybe you got dealt a bad hand.
Maths for morons Karni (1 month ago)
Why do African Americans score so badly on the LSAT?
simon sun (1 month ago)
Thank you for sharing your journey to UCLA LAW. What are your thoughts on the Entertainment law program of UCLA~
Reagan Van Lemuos (1 month ago)
I get you. I wanted to be a policeman too. Not for the machine guns. I just thought they sounded so cool reading people their Miranda rights.
AfterSchoolKillTime (1 month ago)
I came for the legally blonde reference
Jacqueline (1 month ago)
Wow, what a coincidence...my path to law school was extremely similar to D. James Stone. I also majored in poli sci at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude, and then took a TestMasters course. I was waitlisted at UCLA Law but was accepted around late spring -- probably because I was an "Early Decision Program" applicant, meaning the admissions office prioritized my application and, in return, I was contractually committed to UCLA Law if accepted. (For reference, my LSAC GPA was a 3.95 and my LSAT score was a mediocre 163). It seems like a large chunk of UCLA Law students are "Double Bruins" (i.e. attended UCLA for undergrad), which is cool. I hope my litigation career eventually flourishes like D. James Stone's...as of now, I'm in bar exam limbo, waiting for results :(
The Zen Show (1 month ago)
Awesome!
Hashem (1 month ago)
Great video. I take breaks from studying for my USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) to watch your videos. I find it very inspiring and motivational to hear other people's hard work and success stories. Even if it's in other fields! :D Big fan and subscriber from Saudi Arabia!
John Luu (1 month ago)
0:48 wait, are lawyers in the states allowed to carry machine guns?^^
Kate Tsai (1 month ago)
Hello form Taiwanese lawyer ~~
ted myrick (1 month ago)
D. your life is so interesting I wish I had your drive. It goes to show if you want to be successful you have work super hard.
Louis E. Romet (1 month ago)
One year ago I got into Panthéon-Assas Law School (Paris II) which is France’s top law school and top 3 in Europe. My goal is now to get into a top American law school after completing my current law degree here (which is an undergrad degree). Any advice or things I should know?
Rick O'Shay (1 month ago)
As you spoke, I couldn't help but being reminded of an alternative path, the legal training of Father William: “In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law, And argued each case with my wife; And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw, Has lasted the rest of my life.”
LeverUp (1 month ago)
Also, undergrad school prestige matters too. A 3.5 from Cornell is better than a 3.95 from a non ranked state school
Jacqueline (1 month ago)
Undergrad school prestige only really matters when the statistics between two qualified candidates are very close (e.g. 3.95 from Cornell University > 3.95 from Podunk State). However, because of the way the US News & World Report law school ranking system works, law schools have an incentive to accept the 3.95 from the less-prestigious schools because it ups their ranking. Undergrad school prestige isn't factored into law school rankings so only super elite law schools (e.g. top 6) take it into consideration.
LifeOfTheParty (1 month ago)
The real question...why UCLA Law over Berkeley Law? 🤔
Will Chen (1 month ago)
lol i mean i like that you thought you had a loophole into the TV watching system But i guess if your parents only let you watch Law and Order and you thought it was entertainment - there's a chance they wanted you to appreciate, or associate being a lawyer as being fun and exciting? I guess there's a high chance that they knew what you were doing and they allowed it (I might even say they knew you excelled at lawyering at a young age and didn't want to impede that talent by banning the lawyer shows)
Des Alys (1 month ago)
I got into the top law school in my country and I'm terrified.
WHATEVER GOES FOR ME (1 month ago)
A lawyer once told me that a good pre-law degree is BA in English Literature.
The Zen Show (8 days ago)
杨凯琳 any undergrad is ok but if you want top scores in LSAT look to the highest scorers lol
杨凯琳 (8 days ago)
my pre law was development communication with focus on sci/tech. i think any undergrad degree is OK.
The Zen Show (1 month ago)
Philosophy major score some of the highest in LSAT along with Physics
سارة (1 month ago)
If he didn’t like his LSAT score, why didn’t he take it again?
Janese (1 month ago)
Because his score was still high enough to get into great schools. Plus the test is 180 bucks and nobody has time for that lol
AgainstAllOdds96 (1 month ago)
I had a really bad experience with my testmaster instructor, he was a horrible instructor he barely taught and flirted with some students
Tasty Trees (23 days ago)
Was he hot?
AgainstAllOdds96 (1 month ago)
I carried a "machine gun" as a police officer.... then again I was military police 😂
Mona Miller (1 month ago)
OBJECTION! A philosphy major will greatly help you with the path of becoming a lawyer. I took like 3 logic classes alone!
Tony Corral (1 month ago)
I wonder if he knows Ben Shapiro. He was also a poli-sci major at UCLA (and you two look around the same age) but he went to Harvard Law.
Joshua Eleko (1 month ago)
Johnny Sins???? :O
Oliver S (1 month ago)
Joshua Eleko I see it now
Armando Angeles (1 month ago)
After watching a few of your videos you've convinced me to start preparing for the LSAT on my 2nd year of college. Thank you.
LadyLal (1 month ago)
Armando Angeles don’t let it distract you from your classes though! You have plenty of time!
Kat Mansaray (1 month ago)
what is his name? thanks for the info btw
LegalEagle (1 month ago)
Eagle.  Legal, Eagle.
zhihao li (1 month ago)
you would’ve been lucky to be a lawyer instead of an architect, which is low paid and difficult career .
Isaac MacDonald (2 months ago)
For some of us, the absurd overweighting of LSAT is a tremendous benefit and can practically give you a clean slate, provided you score high enough. I literally failed UG classes and managed to get into a top 6 law school. Key was several months of practice LSATs.
Sergio Rocha (4 hours ago)
Excellent [Mr. Burns voice]
CJA Mayo (1 day ago)
Yep. I had terrible high school and undergraduate records but got in to a great undergrad program on the strength of a 1600 SAT (also an IQ test) and then in to a master's program on the strength of a GRE 169/161, and then in to a good law school on the strength of decent performance in my master's program and a 179 LSAT. All of them are IQ tests which are rather heavily g-loaded (to greater and lesser degrees) and all will make up having nothing but test scores in your favor. IQ really is everything.
Islam is cancer (21 days ago)
LSAT is an IQ test. Also, congratulations.
Exceed (2 months ago)
What turned you away from Architecture? Because I’m looking to major into it.
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
Mainly I just became more interested in law. I dabble with architecture in the "renovation" sense on the side.
Lotus (2 months ago)
Wait cops CANT use machine guns?? Damn, guess I'll scratch that one off the list then.
Jon Ashley (2 months ago)
Do you have to be good looking to be a lawyer? Can you discuss becoming a patent lawyer?
Abbey Johnston (2 months ago)
I want to be a lawyer as well but the process in order to become a lawyer in Australia is quite different
Sydni Taylor (2 months ago)
Surprised you didn't go to uc Berkley or university of southern California law school those are in the top 10 best law schools.
Sydni Taylor (2 months ago)
LegalEagle oh lol, I thought it was tied with other law schools as the top ten because I googled top ten law school and on 1 website UC Berkeley came up
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
USC isn't in the top 10. It's ranked below UCLA. BOOM.
Mjoelnir95 (2 months ago)
Why do you need another degree for going to law school? Is it not possible to study it directly?
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
Correct, in the US.
imnotdavid (2 months ago)
I didn't take an LSAT prep course and managed to barely get into UC Davis. But what I didn't get with my crappy score were substantial scholarships. Looking at my student loans now, I can't kick myself enough for not taking a prep course. Now that I think of it, I didn't study at all really. I took a single practice exam online. Very stupid. $2,000 for a prep course could easily save you tens of thousands of dollars. My point is, the score isn't just about getting into the school you want...it's also about not being so in debt after you graduate.
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
Not to mention the lifetime salary benefits of potentially going to a better law school and potentially getting a higher paying job.
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
That is such a great insight. It's hard to pay up front (and out of pocket) but one scholarship could pay for the whole thing.
Lisa Simpson Rules (2 months ago)
Outrageous! Police officers cannot carry machine guns, or granades, or drive a tank. The injustice of it all!
Lisa Simpson Rules (22 days ago)
In Spain we have "La Guardia Civil". They are militarized and live in army buildings. I am from a semi-rural place where population is widely scattered among mountain ranges. Some towns/villages may be ten families living in a town, which may get doubled during patron's holidays, and that's it. City halls are so small they cannot afford to have local/comunitarian/national police, so the Guardia Civil does the job. The Guardia Civil are the ones doing traffic control - they will show up at car accidents and they are the ones controlling that people don't drink and drive. The rest of police groups (local at city & community level or the one at the national level) do carry guns.
Speciosa (23 days ago)
Do you want militarization of the police? Cause thats how you get militarization of the police.
Lisa Simpson Rules (26 days ago)
+Joshua Flashman I know. I was cynical / sarcastic.
Joshua Flashman (1 month ago)
Lisa Simpson Rules they actually can carry machine guns, depending on the department and unit

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