« on: October 19, 2006, 07:06:50 AM »
Well, the moment I have feared has finally come to pass. Let me explain via a brief history. I graduated undergrad magna cum laude. I took the LSAT without studying (I know, very stupid) and scored a 158. Instead of taking it again I decided to just go to school where I could get in (again, not so smart). I am currently a 3L at Suffulk University Law in Boston and desire to pursue a career as a constitutional scholar and hopefully law professor. Considering Suffolk Law is not a top 15 I am very aware that I will need a LL.M. from one of the top schools in order to make myself marketable. So, with my academic history in mind, are Yale and Harvard pretty much out of the question? I do know Professor Akhil Amar of Yale fame and might be able to get a good rec from him. Could this possibly counteract my lack of an Ivy J.D.? Finally, I would prefer to go straight from law school to an LL.M. program, but am willing to work first; would my chances of admission be higher if I worked for a few years and then applied? As far as the schools I am interested in, it seems to me that only the top LL.M. programs would serve the dual purpose of education and upgrading my pedigree, but if I a wrong in this assumption let me know. Thanks for the help and any advice you can throw my way.