Grunt2Grad wrote:Just a few quick tips/experiences from Voc Rehab because I have got a couple of questions.
-Voc Rehab is not uniform across the board so no two vets have identical experiences. There are a lot of factors that come in to play (in my experience the most important being a solid counselor)
-While you technically probably need to be accepted into law school to get an IWRP that says Lawyer/Attorney etc. you do not have to be accepted for your counselor to approve the overall process of becoming an attorney. I was approved before I even took the LSAT. I have just rewritten an IWRP for each step of the way with the condition "Plan will be updated and modified once veteran has been admitted to ABA accredited school".
-Do your best to not sell the idea of going to law school to your counselor; sell practicing law. In my personal experience the counselors were extremely adamant about Voc Rehab not being an education benefit extension for you to go to grad school but a program to get you placed in your approved vocation (Lawyer).
-I was extremely lucky and my counselor had zero issues approving me and the process took about 10 minutes (after the little assessment and group introduction to the program) but if you get a no, appeal the decision. Free law school with a housing allowance is worth putting up a fight for. (I am 80% combat related, not sure if that plays a role in how willing they were to approve).
-If you have any questions or want information I am more than willing to help with what I know through my experiences so PM.
My councilor was also very willing to help out. My rating is lower and is service connected (back, knees, hearing), but she has placed clients in law schools before. At least one other Marine I deployed with was going to/completed law school on voc-rehab with a back injury as well so he was helpful in explaining the overview of the process.
I suppose if a councilor offered opposition there could be issues, but that never came up for me. I have been accepted to some schools thus far, but I have not been accepted to my top choices yet (BC, BU), though I hope to be shortly. That said, the program still covered my Kaplan LSAT course, my enrollment in LSAC, and one of my LSATs. I am hoping to get it to cover the Patent Bar and a prep course prior to starting school, but I will be meeting with my councilor upon hearing back from BC/BU.
Does anyone have any experience with changing councilors? I live in western Massachusetts and will be shifted to a councilor wherever I go to school, presumably boston... I assume at that point the overall plan will already be approved.
As far as my plan goes, I paid for my first 2 years of undergrad out of pocket (well grandparents had a college fund for me at that time), served overseas, got the GI bill at 60% for one year, and then was able to enroll in voc-rehab with the plan of becoming a lawyer, shifting from following a field biology track. So far it's been smooth sailing but as the vet I make sure I am constantly emailing my councilor to keep her informed, even if she says its not necessary. I just want to make sure we are consistently on the same page.
I wonder if where you live/where you get in matters. She told me they wouldn't cover bad law programs, and that I'll need to satisfy them that the program meets their criteria. So for Massachusetts I guess that's Suffolk on up.
As to the question on studying for the LSAT. I would take a class, and then take the good from that class and apply it to your learning style. My PTs went from about a 152ish to a 162ish with the Kaplan course, I bombed my first LSAT with a 158, and basically went back to the drawing board. Took a ton of practice tests and carefully analyzed what I got wrong and got my PT averages into the low 170s pretty consistently. Only pulled off a 165 for the real deal, but I hope that will be enough to overcome my 3.2 GPA for BC and BU.