I am seriously considering debunking this whole elitist notion of top law school this, top law school that. Don't call me a hater either cause I have not even applied to any law schools yet, nor taken the LSAT. I have taken some Kaplan and ARCO practice tests and the problems seem too easy -- I was expecting more of a challenge. Sad to say, but one of my hobbies is doing those brain-teaser, logic problems you buy at the book store and they are way harder.
Anyway, I am a senior at UCLA set to graduate with either a PoliSci or Socio major, with 6 more classes to go. My GPA is currently 3.85. I got this UNLV idea from the sitcom FRASER. Anyone who is a FRASER fan will know what I am talking about -- Daphne's former fiance and Miles' lawyer is depicted as the best divorce attorney money can buy, but happens to be a UNLV law school grad. There was a whole bit on that in one episode that stuck with me. Truth be told, UNLV didn't open its law school until Fall of 1998 and that episode was around that time so it isn't even a theoretical possibility. FYI -- UNLV Law School just got its full ABA accreditation Feb 2003, and receive both provisional and full ABA blessings at the earliest possible time schedule.
My letters of recommendations are set; my personal statement is kickass (trust me! A true story that will provide shock, awe, inspiration, drama and tears); I'll bring diversity to any school (whatever that means?! :-); and my GPA won't be any lower that a 3.6 even if I slack off the next two quarters. BTW, I am not Hispanic, not white, nor black. The only question is how high my graduating GPA will be and how good my LSAT ends up being. Oh, and my work experience: I have been a mortgage underwriter for two Fortune 500 banks the last two years and will be a licensed California real estate broker by next summer. One question for anyone reading this: I am originally a PoliSci and Sociology double major, but my current timeline only allows me to pick one (both requires the same amount of courses to graduate so remaining course load is not a consideration), so which one do I pick -- Poli Sci or Sociology??? I do equally well in both disciplines.
I will be applying to UC Hastings, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Loyola, USD, and of course, UNLV. I would like to stay in California, preferably going to USD since my girlfriend lives in Tijuana. I will do what I can, but the rest is in God's hands. Good luck to one and all in all your plans and endevours.