Hi Everyone. I will add a foreword to my question to put everything into context
1) I'm from Canada (but open to law school in Canada/US)
2) I am completing an Undergrad (Business if it matters - 4 year Honours Degree)
3) I have bad grades (a B? My school doesn't do the GPA thing. We have leter grades (A+,A,A-)
4) I have a strong LSAT (its about the median for say Cornell or Berkley)
5) I have been in a coop program at school. 4 months work/4 months schooling (for which I'll be graduating one semester later, finishing in August, 2007 and applying for Sept 2007). I have worked in a major international Bank on the trading floor (money markets). When I gradute, I will have 3 x 4 months of work experience (12 mos total) + my degree. Also a great deal of volunteer/extra curriculars.
So my questions
1) LLM or JD? Which do you need to write the bar/practise in the States? Which is recommended?
2) Good LSAT/Bad Grades. Should I still try somewhere where my LSAT matches or go by Grades?
3) What the heck is my GPA?
4) Any general advice?
Unfortunately I am not very acquainted with lawyers, nor is there anyone I can talk to especially in my school (which doesn't have law, or very many graduate prgorams besides an MBA)
Any words of wisdom/advice will be very greatly appreciated! Thanks!
LLM or JD, the JD is the base law degree, think of it as a phd and you're LLM as your post doc. You can not attend an LLM program with out some type of law degree in the US or oversees.
From what I've gathered a good LSAT will overshadow a poor GPA in most cases, all schools have a ratio of LSAT to GPA and you can see how important both are. When you register for LSDAS you can find information on their site.
If you have a B you have a 3.0 GPA by most standards
You need to figure out what region you want to work in and the school type you want to spend the next three years. Do you want to live in the northeast US or California. Also realize that there are tiers and different schools will be able to afford you more mobility when looking for your first job. For example, in Philly where I live, there are three differnt tiers of schools. Penn will get you a job anywhere in the US, Temple not so much as Penn but still relativly strong and Widener will get you a good job in Philly or Delaware, but outside of that it will be difficult. So you need to see where you want to practice and find a school accordingly. Go to their websites, visit schools, talk to your advisors in undergrad. You'll find a lot of people on this site are helpful and a lot are so insecure about themselves they will tear you down at every chance, don't let them affect you.
you can message me if you have any questions, I just finished the getting into law school game this year and will answer any questions you have.