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Applying to Law School => Law School Admissions => Topic started by: Dynasty on March 22, 2007, 03:42:57 PM

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Post by: Dynasty on March 22, 2007, 03:42:57 PM
Nevermind.  I should have known better.
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: katluva33 on March 22, 2007, 03:54:03 PM
lawschoolnumbers.com
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: katluva33 on March 22, 2007, 03:58:11 PM
lawschoolnumbers.com

Oh yes, sorry. Go to that website.

Katluva, I just laughed out loud at your sig....

Now, now...you should know better than to laugh at the decider!  It encourages terrorism  ;)
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: katluva33 on March 22, 2007, 04:24:58 PM
And as an aside: though possibily the best course of action, waiting a year isn't an option for me because I can't lose my status as a full time student.

It would jeopordize my health insurance (which someone in my position obviously needs to keep).

Have you submitted applications to any safeties?  I don't think anyone can guarantee your acceptances to either school, but if you want to be sure of keeping full time status, you should go to a lower-ranked school and try to transfer.  That's dangerous (since transerring can be tough) and less than ideal, but at this point, it's better than losing your insurance

Yes, I've applied to Wayne State and Thomas Cooley.

My father is actually a Cooley alumnus, and he's done fairly well for himself.  I really wouldn't mind following in his footsteps -- but he's the first to admit that many of my career goals might be (however unfairly) compromised if I do so.

That's a huge drop from HLS/UMich to Wayne State/Cooley.  Is there no school in between that is an option for you?
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: hereshopin on March 22, 2007, 04:28:15 PM
Hello, everyone.  I just discovered this website, and I was curious as to what everyone thinks my chances at Harvard are.

To begin, I've had a rocky application process.  I'm a type I diabetic and had some temporary medical hardships this fall which kept me from taking the LSAT until February.  I consequently didn't get my scores back until early March and couldn't apply to law schools until well after their early February deadlines (I'm just now going complete).  A few schools, namely Harvard and Michigan, agreed to accept my late application after I explained the situation, but I'm still at a competitive disadvantage because of their rolling admissions process.

That said, what does everyone think my chances might be?

172/~4.0 GPA @ the University of Michigan

(What I thought was a) strong personal statement about how my life experiences have pushed me toward my intended career (health-based public interest law in my poverty-stricken hometown - Flint, Michigan).

I should also have strong recs that exemplify both my academic prowess and why I want to go into this particular area of law.  The people I had write them are both familiar with me and my accomplishments.

A good deal of volunteer work (which I'm very passionate about) and work/internship experience that further demonstrate my commitment to helping those underserved by our current healthcare system.  (For example, I worked as a legislative intern for a U.S. Senator doing background research on healthcare reform and I'm a prolific volunteer in a local hospital).

My GPA is good, but my major might be considered weak if the admissions officers don't take the time to look at the actual courses I've taken.




So, any informed speculation on my chances at Harvard?  The resources they devote to training public interest lawyers makes them my #1 choice by a wide margin.

Don't know if you're interested, but if you really have to stay a student, have those interests, and would like a bit MORE education...

you could apply to mph programs (many of which accept applications until may or june, so you wouldnt be at such a time-wise disadvantage), and then during your first year, apply (early) to law schools for joint programs.

JD/MPH could be useful in your field.


edit: unless you're flame.
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: cassise on March 22, 2007, 04:31:36 PM
As an aside, have you considered throwing an application to a few public health/policy programs, that you could use to hang out for a year until next cycle when you should be a strong candidate?  Just a thought.

That said, I think even this late you have a solid shot at Michigan, Harvard isn't impossible, and I have heard some rumors about them being more GPA concious this year, but its still in the "reach" category, even if it isn't a huge one.
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: annita on March 22, 2007, 04:40:29 PM
Hello, everyone.  I just discovered this website, and I was curious as to what everyone thinks my chances at Harvard are.

To begin, I've had a rocky application process.  I'm a type I diabetic and had some temporary medical hardships this fall which kept me from taking the LSAT until February.  I consequently didn't get my scores back until early March and couldn't apply to law schools until well after their early February deadlines (I'm just now going complete).  A few schools, namely Harvard and Michigan, agreed to accept my late application after I explained the situation, but I'm still at a competitive disadvantage because of their rolling admissions process.

That said, what does everyone think my chances might be?

172/~4.0 GPA @ the University of Michigan

(What I thought was a) strong personal statement about how my life experiences have pushed me toward my intended career (health-based public interest law in my poverty-stricken hometown - Flint, Michigan).

I should also have strong recs that exemplify both my academic prowess and why I want to go into this particular area of law.  The people I had write them are both familiar with me and my accomplishments.

A good deal of volunteer work (which I'm very passionate about) and work/internship experience that further demonstrate my commitment to helping those underserved by our current healthcare system.  (For example, I worked as a legislative intern for a U.S. Senator doing background research on healthcare reform and I'm a prolific volunteer in a local hospital).

My GPA is good, but my major might be considered weak if the admissions officers don't take the time to look at the actual courses I've taken.




So, any informed speculation on my chances at Harvard?  The resources they devote to training public interest lawyers makes them my #1 choice by a wide margin.

Cooley and Wayne State as back-ups for Harvard and Michigan? Is this thread one big JOKE, or am I just horribly cynical?

[edited because I am apparently not yet fluent in the language of internet message boards.]
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: hereshopin on March 22, 2007, 04:45:32 PM
As an aside, have you considered throwing an application to a few public health/policy programs, that you could use to hang out for a year until next cycle when you should be a strong candidate?  Just a thought.

That said, I think even this late you have a solid shot at Michigan, Harvard isn't impossible, and I have heard some rumors about them being more GPA concious this year, but its still in the "reach" category, even if it isn't a huge one.

great minds, etc etc.
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: //// on March 22, 2007, 05:10:20 PM
I'd wait an hear from harvard an mich. If that doesn't work, I'm sure you could land a job with health insurance for a year. NGO/non-profits tend to be pretty good for health insurance and with your qualifications I'm sure you'll have no problem landing a job you'll like.

You're grades and lsat will open a lot of doors for you. Don't seal them shut too quickly.
Title: Re: Atypical application process -- Harvard chances?
Post by: //// on March 22, 2007, 05:16:36 PM
I thought a thread intended to provoke heated response was flame-bait, the response could be flaming (if it gets nasty) and the person who cruises forums looking to flame or leaves flame-bait is a troll. fanboy would be better for someone always shamelessly promoting their law school. I do love the "subtle x trolling" when applied well - however...
Title: Re: Disregard
Post by: Dynasty on March 22, 2007, 05:21:55 PM
Thanks for the advice, guys.  I'll def. look into MPH if H or M don't come through for me.
Title: Re: Disregard
Post by: //// on March 22, 2007, 05:25:55 PM
fixed!