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Law School Admissions / Best Law School Campus...
« on: August 19, 2008, 08:03:06 AM »
How about two separate lists, top 5 T-14, and top 5 (15-50).

1. Stanford
2. Yale
4. Berk

1. Tulane
2. William & Mary
4. Emory
5. Notre Dame

Law School Admissions / Re: Do I have a chance?
« on: August 15, 2008, 09:38:54 AM »
I would think you will def get into some 25-50 schools willing to take a chance, but top 25 is real dicey.  I am thinking a school like Emory may give you a shot, but again MASSIVE splitters are hard to tell.  The more apps, the better your chances.

Law School Admissions / Re: Do I have a chance?
« on: August 15, 2008, 07:55:47 AM »
If you think you are going to enjoy law school, and pursuing a career in law, GO FOR IT!.... But as far as where you would get in, you just have to apply to more schools than most applicants, and really address that GPA.  You cant really say well, "I just wasnt trying."  But anything positive from that you can take, maybe how you did not like what you were doing but you have learned from your mistakes.......etc. 

I would figure out the region you are looking to work in and really just blanket that section of states with 15 or so schools.

"Indeed you are wise to consider transferring law schools. It is quite common and most top law schools will accept approximately 10-25 transfer students to add to their second year class. Generally, these transfer students were from schools that were 1 or 2 tiers below these top law schools, with the transfer students having excelled (ranked in the top 5% generally) in their first-year classes. Occasionally, you get students who transfer from relatively equal schools (such as from NYU to U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall) just because they want a different experience. In that case, the need to be in the top of your class is somewhat minimized.

While your first-year grades will be first and foremost in determining whether your transfer application is accepted, having a good personal statement can also be important. Show them that your marginal undergrad grades are no longer a reflection of your academic potential due to some reason such as time away from school, finding your focus, or not having to work frequently as you did during your undergrad years. Convey that your high-first year grades are reflective of your potential now and what you will achieve in their law school."

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Admission Chances at William & Mary
« on: August 12, 2008, 08:22:53 AM »
Hey maybe SoDak residency will help, probably a bit more unusual than most applicants, and schools are always looking to be geographically diverse. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Admission Chances at William & Mary
« on: August 11, 2008, 09:48:59 AM »
I believe your chances at W & M might be a bit higher...around 35% I would say.  But Boston College, W&M, and Washington and LEE would probably all be good semi-reaches for yah.  The lsat is good, depends if they are going to weigh your relatively lower gpa heavily. 

Then if you are looking in NY you have Cardozo and Fordham, or Emory in Atlanta and maybe Wake Forest in North Carolina which would be more of a safe. 

Law School Admissions / The "crazy" Personal Statement
« on: July 22, 2008, 07:59:07 AM »
What are the craziest, most out there, cheesiest personal statements you have written or heard that people have used?  And do you think if someone is applying to a "super-reach" they would benefit from a PS so distinct and outlandish that the adcomms can not help but notice the uniqueness of the applicant. 

** I have heard of a PS in the form of a poem, entirely in iambic pentameter. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Double Major
« on: July 21, 2008, 08:17:34 AM »
Thanks for the help, hopefully I can keep the numbers up.

Law School Admissions / Double Major
« on: July 18, 2008, 12:47:35 PM »
Another soft question....

How do schools look at double majors?  I will be graduating with both a B.A. and a B.S.  Is this only another soft, or when adcoms are looking at GPA will this be a factor? 

I had a couple questions on how various law schools will view these activities.

I have recently been accepted into a Congressional Fellowship program, and everything sounds like it will be pretty exciting and worthwhile experience while I am in D.C.  What I was wondering is, how is this E.C. viewed by law schools.  I know it is just a soft, but I could imagine that schools in D.C. get this kind of stuff all the time.  Would midwest schools or schools out west value this experience more? less?

Also I have been interning with a firm in chicago for the past three summers.  I have worked about 4 months each time, and have logged in more meaningful minutes every time I have come back.  Do schools only value this as another soft?  Or will some see this as legitimate work experience.  Technically I have worked for over a year for this firm, just not in one lump sum.  How will they view this?  Thanks the help and input!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Environmental Law - Where to Go?
« on: July 01, 2008, 01:00:23 PM »
Would it be better for someone to attend a school like Vermont or Oregon, or a top tier school if they were intent on studying enviro law. 

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