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Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!

Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« on: June 20, 2009, 11:07:26 AM »
Someone help chance me please.....

LSAT 163
GPA 3.6
URM (Mexican Male)
Softs: have worked full time for State of CA working construction in semi-leadership position, some volunteer work at local Legal Aid society
PS: about being homeless during a time in junior high and how it's helped me grow
DS: First in family to go to college, second to graduate high school, mother did drugs and father was alcoholic, very poor
Addendum: First semester of college 2.2 gpa cuz playing intercollegiate sports and working FT, all grades after that 3.85
LOR 1: From professor attesting to how I'm very active, good writer, excel above classmates, etc;
LOR 2: from employer, work ethic, kept job despite state cut backs, given increased responsibilities

Schools:
Notre Dame
Vanderbilt
Indiana Bloomington
U Texas

Thanks!!

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Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2009, 11:50:56 AM »
Solid shot at all three, but URM admissions can be a crapshoot. I would apply to a wide range of T14 schools as well.

Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2009, 12:54:59 PM »
I wish I could apply to all T14, but My wife and I decided that there aren't too many places we want to live, especially with a baby on the way.  We're applying to those four schools, including USC and UCLA.  We'd both be way excited to get into any of these schools!!! 
Thanks.

Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2009, 01:05:00 PM »
Any particular reason why you have Indiana and not Illinois?  Personally, I think I'd swap the two.  If we're talking other T30 schools, I'd add:

Emory
BC
BU

Are there certain criteria you have about the area you'd like to live?  There are, perhaps, T14 schools you could apply to that fit your desired traits.  You may want to consider adding in:

Duke
Cornell
Michigan
Virginia

Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2009, 01:17:54 PM »
Any particular reason why you have Indiana and not Illinois?  The wife, she likes Indiana, not so much Illinois


Are there certain criteria you have about the area you'd like to live?  There are, perhaps, T14 schools you could apply to that fit your desired traits.  You may want to consider adding in:

Duke
Cornell: Don't like NY
Michigan: crappy weather
Virginia

Maybe I'll add Duke and Virginia on.  To be honest I never even considered the two because I thought with my LSAT I could have very little chance at any schools in the T20, but with my softs and URM status I guess I was wrong. 

Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2009, 03:35:40 PM »
Any particular reason why you have Indiana and not Illinois?  The wife, she likes Indiana, not so much Illinois


Are there certain criteria you have about the area you'd like to live?  There are, perhaps, T14 schools you could apply to that fit your desired traits.  You may want to consider adding in:

Duke
Cornell: Don't like NY
Michigan: crappy weather
Virginia

Maybe I'll add Duke and Virginia on.  To be honest I never even considered the two because I thought with my LSAT I could have very little chance at any schools in the T20, but with my softs and URM status I guess I was wrong. 

Definately add Duke and Emory. 

What does your wife do?  Is she educated?  (just curious   ;D )

Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2009, 04:12:52 PM »
Blanket the top 25. URM admissions and scholly offers ARE unpredictable and you owe it to yourself to see who bites and what kind of offers are on the table.

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Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2009, 04:35:22 PM »
Apply to Cornell.  Seriously.  I expect that not only will you get in, you'll get aid, and Ithaca is a great place for families (I already know of two other non-trads in my class, each with three kids, and I have four.)  My LSAT was higher (165), but my GPA was considerably lower at 2.85 (though with a decent addendum.)

Also, Minnesota is a great school for non-trads.  However, I think you'll get into Cornell w/ $$.

ETA:  Ithaca is not NYC - it's more like Big Bear Lake, but with a huge university in the middle.  Perhaps San Luis Obispo.

Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2009, 06:02:20 PM »
Any particular reason why you have Indiana and not Illinois?  The wife, she likes Indiana, not so much Illinois


Are there certain criteria you have about the area you'd like to live?  There are, perhaps, T14 schools you could apply to that fit your desired traits.  You may want to consider adding in:

Duke
Cornell: Don't like NY
Michigan: crappy weather
Virginia

Maybe I'll add Duke and Virginia on.  To be honest I never even considered the two because I thought with my LSAT I could have very little chance at any schools in the T20, but with my softs and URM status I guess I was wrong. 

Definately add Duke and Emory. 

What does your wife do?  Is she educated?  (just curious   ;D )

No, not really.  She is a Spa Director, and she'd like to keep that job where we go, but if she can't she'd settle for something else.

Re: Chance me? (163 3.6 URM) Lots of Details!
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2009, 11:19:16 PM »
Any particular reason why you have Indiana and not Illinois?  The wife, she likes Indiana, not so much Illinois


Are there certain criteria you have about the area you'd like to live?  There are, perhaps, T14 schools you could apply to that fit your desired traits.  You may want to consider adding in:

Duke
Cornell: Don't like NY
Michigan: crappy weather
Virginia

Maybe I'll add Duke and Virginia on.  To be honest I never even considered the two because I thought with my LSAT I could have very little chance at any schools in the T20, but with my softs and URM status I guess I was wrong. 

Definately add Duke and Emory. 

What does your wife do?  Is she educated?  (just curious   ;D )

No, not really.  She is a Spa Director, and she'd like to keep that job where we go, but if she can't she'd settle for something else.

How did you two meet?  Does the educational difference between the two of you add challenges to the relationship?  Are you intellectually and emotionally compatible?