jared6180 wrote:I am 31, married, 1 child and a dog I adore and would not want to have to get rid of to be close to school, I will graduate UG in Fall 2013/Spring 2014 depending on how many classes i take, but with the timing of law school decisions i think my GPA will benefit from the Spring graduation.I haven't taken the LSAT yet, but with a 3.3-3.4 GPA I should be good in the T20 schools. My school list is the following: Dream School- Cornell, Reach School- WUSTL or Fordham, Safety School- University of Kansas or Washburn Law, which is literally 3 minutes from my house. I would like to go to work in NYC BigLaw or Kansas City BigLaw...if you can call it that based on KC's lower population, I usually call KC MidLaw.
My problem, I would probably be considered a bum compared to some of you guys, I came from a radical religious background where the pastor's kids were told to go to college, and have good lives, while virtually everyone in the congregation was told that getting a job, getting married, and having children was the way we should live life, and my parents, and I believed it. I spent my life from 18-28 working jobs, not careers, fast food, cell phone sales, meaning less jobs. I went way out on a limb and joined the Army, only to become disabled 2.5 years into it, so from 21-23 I feel I had a career, but obviously that was squelched by my disability. From 26-28 I worked for a financial firm that laid everybody off, so that career failed. Now I am unemployed, but have been in school full time for 1.5 years, and I know I want to be an attorney, but how do I explain my poor work record?
FYI, for you conservative right wingers, don't worry I did not claim unemployment after my lay off from my last job, my disability pay gets me by ok, I try not to just take from the government unless it is a need. Yes I am probably a little defensive, but I used to be an extreme right winger, and I really don't care for the Glenn Becks, Sean Hannitys and Bill Oriellys of the world, Rush Limbaugh I will say is at least entertaining.
As someone (well, probably most people in the thread are like this) who took a major leap off of one path into law school, I wish you the best.
First of all, I don't know that your career record is necessarily a poor one. But even if it is, you're stuck with it, so there isn't much to address. When you apply to school, they care mainly about your numbers, so there's little that an employment gap should affect you, and if I were hiring a lawyer from a T1 school, I would not check into the duration of each fast food job before law school. You seem to have a pretty compelling story, so that should help for admissions and possibly interviews, as long as you are unapologetic and approach it all as positive.
The one thing that you should be aware of is that since you are somewhat unimpressed with your resume, you should be even more dedicated than most to making sure that your numbers are competitive. If you are sure that you want to go to law school, now is the time to start taking underwater basket weaving so that you can get the absolute highest GPA possible. You should also study as hard as you can for the LSAT. On both numbers, don't aim for what you need - aim for the highest possible. Aim for a 4.0 and a 180, not whatever numbers you need for Fordham. Good Luck!
(Oh, and BTW - take the damn unemployment. Nobody knows you're a hero and you need the money.)