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Law School Applications / What Should I Do?
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:47:55 PM »
Ok here is my situation...

I'm 21 in I'm finishing up a science degree in one of the best undergrad schools in Eastern Canada (we think we're the best, and we're always ranked pretty high in Mcleans). I want to go to law school in the US for sure, and eventually I want to wind up in Texas (most of my cousins live in either Dallas or Houston, and I love the Cowboys...Dat Nguyen was the best linebacker ever!!!). Anyways, on June 07 Lsat I got a 164, and in Sep07 a 169. I was postponing my application to get my next semester grades to bring my GPA to between a 3.5 and 3.6. Unfortunately I never got them in time, and so I have decided not to apply this year but to wait until next year. Finally, I got my grades and needless to say I'm going to be between 3.3 and 3.4 by the end of my degree, not 3.5+. The other part of this equation is I have a 33R MCAT score (95th percentile), and could go to medical school, but I really want to be a lawyer, and I get sad when I think about being a doctor.

(By the way, I took powerscore in Toronto and studied my ass off for the Lsat, and did the MCAT with only a minimal amount of prep with a Kaplan book, so contrary to what many people say, I think the LSAT is harder. The MCAT is all the stuff you have already learnt, and if you are good at memorizing it is mostly a refresher in a way. It is still tough, but there is nothing like logic games on it...logic games are my downfall.)

So why I'm really disappointed is because I had my heart set on going to a t14 school, and with a 169/3.3ish I'm not going to make it. Even at the lower t14 schools like G-town I think I would have probably been rejected this year. Next year will not be any easier, I'm sure. Now, at first I was thinking UT, and when I visited it I liked it (well, sort of, the building isn't what I was expecting), but at the same time all my research tells me that they are not the best place for me to go for what I want to do. What I want to do long term is pharmaceutical patent law I think. It fits in with my undergrad, and from what I heard it pays well.

So what should I do:
Option #1: Re-take the Lsat for the third time in June 08 and hopefully hit the 170's
Option #2: Apply as is, and hopefully get into one of the t14, but likely have to settle for UT or one of the lower schools.
Option #3: Go to a medical school up here in Canada, and die a slow death on the inside (this option is why I changed my name because I am not Going South for sure anymore....I would do medical school up here.)

So what would you do if you were me??? I honestly am at a loss here.

Other factor:
Parents are typically cheap (the stereotype is true  ;)), but the one exception is my education. They are paying for everything so I don't really have to worry about the cost of either US law vs medical school.

Law School Applications / Is there a D-DAY for each school?
« on: February 05, 2008, 11:56:05 PM »
What I mean by this there a date based (or week) for each school, that if you aren't accepted by that date, then you are probably waitlisted?

Law School Applications / If Obama wins will he be good for the economy?
« on: February 05, 2008, 10:56:18 PM »
In my opinion both McCain, and Clinton would be a disaster for the current economic trials in the US...and it looks like Romney and Huckabee are out...

So let's assume Obama wins, how will that affect the economy?

Where should I go next fall? / USC vs UCLA
« on: January 30, 2008, 03:57:44 PM »
Other than the fact that they are going to fall into the ocean, both schools are pretty good for work in southern california. Which would you take if you wanted to live in that region? (Also assume no in-state)

My mindset is that UCLA is USC's poor cousin, and is a cut below. I know the us rankings say otherwise this year, but that still hasn't revamped UCLA's image in my mind.

Oh Canada! / Where in the US do you hope to land and why?
« on: January 18, 2008, 11:19:01 PM »
I'm wanting to wind up in Texas...cost of living is cheap and I have a ton of reatives there. I also like Chicago and NYC though. One thing is for sure...I'm not staying in Canada. I'm not even applying to any Canadian schools....burning the ships...going south! Maybe California. We'll see

Of the top schools, which will have the most girls with southern accents...(this is my biggest consideration in choosing a law school ;D)

As a Canadian I'm thinking it is probably:

1. Virginia
2. Vanderbilt
3. Duke
4. Texas
5. Georgetown

Am I close???

Law School Applications / Question about going complete...
« on: January 18, 2008, 10:10:05 PM »
What is the significance of going complete and why does it take so long?

Where should I go next fall? / Which law school has the best QOL?
« on: January 17, 2008, 12:15:53 AM »
Your opinion and why?

If I'm correct the general rule of thumb is that the higher up the rankings you go the less you have to worry about your class ranking, because in the top schools most of the students get big law if they want it.

"Most get big law" is pretty broad though, and so what I want to know is what the minimum ranking is for big law in the t14 (all other factors aside).

Eg. Maybe Harvard? = everyone, even the lowest ranked individual at Harvard can get biglaw???
Duke? = top 90%
Cornell? = top 75% gets biglaw, bottom 25% are out...

Where should I go next fall? / Hurt or help chances???
« on: January 16, 2008, 11:48:26 PM »
Does being a Canadian hurt or help one's chances....

I've heard some people say it adds to diversity (I don't buy it...I'm a white male). I've also heard that it helps, because schools like to advertise that they have a large geographical area from which they draw students (my guess is this applies more to lower ranked schools).

I've also heard it hurts you, because schools assume that you'll drop out to go to a Canadian school... or if accepted you'll eventually drop out because you can not get the finances.

Right now I'm thinking it is neutral at best...sort of like being from Alaska.

Any thoughts???

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