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cbq
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work experience

Postby cbq » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:49 pm

how much weight does this have in an application? i am a non-traditional applicant. 23 yrs experience.

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eliekedourie
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Re: work experience

Postby eliekedourie » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:56 pm

For a one year paralegal? A little.

For you? Probably quite a bit presuming that your LSAT and GPA are competitive. You'll also want to show management experience and a sterling professional record.

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Re: work experience

Postby tourdeforcex » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:57 pm

well for a non-traditional... it's really hard to say generally b/c it's usually case by case.

and 23 years is very different

if your WE is definitively law related and respectable, it will be a huge plus but i don't think it can outweight LSAT or GPA

maybe 10% at a max? complete opinion, might be completely wrong

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Re: work experience

Postby cbq » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:52 pm

thank you for the responses. the WE has been engineering (aerospace) and business ownership (construction). 120 employees. nope not a paralegal. sorry. my UG was below 3.0 and i don't know where my lsat is going to come in.. looking at Stetson in florida... will retake lsat in feb if the scores are not good..

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merichard87
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Re: work experience

Postby merichard87 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:53 pm

Why Stetson?

cbq
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Re: work experience

Postby cbq » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:46 am

i live in florida and have a family that i don't want to move.

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Re: work experience

Postby nygrrrl » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:48 am

I think it very much depends on where you're applying and how that WE fits in with the rest of your application (including GPA/LSAT). Depending on where you apply, it could well outweigh your GPA (which schools will tend to discount, knowing that it's over 20 years old!)

I was a similar nontrad candidate with nearly 20 years of WE; in my case, it mattered a great deal (and my job was almost completely NOT law-related.) Feel free to PM me if you have questions and best of luck to you!




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