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Law School Admissions / Re: HIGH LSAT/LOW GPA SPLITTERS UNITE!!!!
« on: February 10, 2006, 02:08:40 PM »
How about HIGH GPA/LOW LSAT?  Does anyone else fit into that category?

I don't know what is wrong with me - I graduated magna cum laude (while working full time), but after taking the LSAT 3 times, my average is only 142.  I know, I'm embarrassed to admit it.  I was rejected from 5 out of 6 schools, and this time around I'm only applying to one...and doing lots of praying.

There are a ton of you. Perfect GPA, low LSAT. There are like 50 people in America with my LSAT score and less than a 3.5 GPA. So there are few *rules* that apply and our admission to any school is uncertain.

Before you all go off on why I amnot a splitter, I agree with this dude:
Isn't a "split" when one of your numbers says one thing about you and the other number says something very different?  My 3.39 says I'm an average student, but my 174 says I'm a 99th percentile guy.  So I consider myself a splitter.

And for what it's worth, Toby Stock wanted to know why my GPA was so low and why I have errant grades.

Thanks OOC and asdf1234. I know you are right. I want the "study abroad" experience of moving to Boston;  I think I just want to know why it HYS and not HY and then Stanford.

After talking to some of the attorneys I work for, they've all said that Harvard will be better for me long term, that Stanford grads have an attitude problem that Harvard doesn't breed (maybe the bigger class size forces you to know you still have to perform to stand out?), and I'm really excited to know that a few of the law firms I'm interested in here in LA recruit 1L summer associates from Harvard.

So I am in Stanford purgatory, waiting to hear if they will bend the rules and let me in. Meanwhile, I've been contemplating: is there any real chance I will actually go to Stanford given that I have been accepted to Harvard? Somebody tell me why STanford is great, or why Stanford is not great.

Keep in mind: I currently live in LA, will return to California after law school, and I have always lived in one part of CA or another... this translates to a complete and total hate for all things snowy and cold.

Law School Admissions / Re: Vigil: Big Four in California
« on: February 08, 2006, 03:14:19 PM »
I've heard from UCLA and Boalt, but not from USC or Stanford. I just don't get why USC hasn't at least talked to me as I submitted my applications in November... but what can you do?

I'm still in Stanford purgatory, waiting for my rejection letter.

I think the attrition method actually makes a ton of sense and is fair given that with a tiny bit of research, any student attending one of these law schools knows what they are getting into. The attrition method gives the schools the opportunity to accept people they aren't sure about, and gives the student the opportunity to attend law school when they otherwise would not be able to. Culling the student population ensures that even though Cooley accepts most people who apply, they still graduate people who can pass the bar 1/2 the time.

Yes, Cooley and schools that drop a certain percentage of their students make money off of thier "dropees," and that is arguably unfair. But nobody lies to the students up front,  every student has the same chance of staying on, and if someone is willing tot ake that risk, so be it. Apparently lots of people are willing to attend.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is this a record?
« on: February 06, 2006, 07:54:18 PM »
You're awesome. How many different essays?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: YALE DING!
« on: February 06, 2006, 07:49:23 PM »
Count me in kids. Surprisingly not that painful. good luck to those who are still in the races.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is this a record?
« on: February 06, 2006, 05:50:33 PM »

Law School Admissions / Re: Post-Law School Options
« on: February 06, 2006, 05:32:20 PM »
I've gone through the same thought process, and I'm still nowhere. I know there are "medium" choices out there for qualified candidates, but I don't think that there are a lot of "public interest" options that pay very much. A buddy of mine is an ambulance chaser: he works 45-50 hours a week, and makes aprox 70k, but it's not particularly fulfilling work.

Some City Attorneys offices (ie, Los Angeles) eventually pay you 80k for 40 hours a week, but it is really hard to get a job there and you atart out at 50k or 60k.

I have a question for you: What is Public Interest law, and where are these Public Service jobs? I know about the ACLU, MALDEF, and a few others, but it seems like a ton of the people I know who go to law school say they are going to do public interest law, but in the end they do whatever they can get paid for. And the brouchures from schools always play up their dedication to public service... but it seems to me nobody actually does it.

Personally, I've worked in politics and government for 3 years now, and I don't really feel the need to return to public service except as a candidate myself.

Law School Admissions / Re: HIGH LSAT/LOW GPA SPLITTERS UNITE!!!!
« on: February 01, 2006, 01:06:30 PM »

totally true.

That's why I'velurked here for weeks, but no posts. Didn't want to piss yall off


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