« on: September 03, 2008, 08:03:35 PM »
Though I had never considered applying anywhere Early Decision before, it seems as though this is now a feasible option for me. Common wisdom here seems to suggest that you should go to the best-ranked law school you can attend (within reason). So, to take advantage of ED, should I only be considering rankings?
Ideally, before committing to attending a school I'd like to get a vibe of what its like to be a student there and if students are happy, etc. The schools I would consider applying ED to are Columbia and NYU (both if my LSAT comes out better than expected) or Penn and Georgetown (which I'm considering more realistic). My LSDAS GPA is a 3.4 (with some extenuating circumstances that will be explained in other parts of my application) and my practice tests are typically averaging around 171-2.
I realize that my only chance of getting into most of these schools will come from getting a little ED boost. I wouldn't expect to get any merit aid from these schools, so I'm too concerned about my financial aid award. I'm pretty resigned to the idea that I will have to take out loans for whatever need-based aid doesn't cover. So, I don't need to be thinking about that aspect, correct?
Any advice is welcome! Thank you!