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Law School Applications / Best Law School Campus...
« on: August 19, 2008, 11:03:06 AM »
How about two separate lists, top 5 T-14, and top 5 (15-50).


T-14
1. Stanford
2. Yale
3. UMICH
4. Berk
5. UPENN

15-50
1. Tulane
2. William & Mary
3. UCLA
4. Emory
5. Notre Dame


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Law School Applications / Re: Do I have a chance?
« on: August 15, 2008, 12:38:54 PM »
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.

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Law School Applications / Re: Do I have a chance?
« on: August 15, 2008, 10:55:47 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."

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Law schools may take socioeconomic status into account, but when it comes to measuring diversity, various publications do not care about that status.  A schools diversity will be measured by the number of x race, y race, and z race in each class.  Thus, one cannot help but assume that race is going to be weighted far more heavily(and unfairly) than socioeconomic status and so forth. 

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Right. And that's all fine. The point, though, is that in my hypo...it has nothing to do with the qualifications of the applicants. Simply because there are vast more whites in the applicant pool than Blacks, it makes the chances than a Black applicant is selecteed for admission exceedingly small.


OK, your point is well taken, but just because their is small chance that a black applicant will be chosen, it does not illustrate the system's flaws.  It merely represents the fact that there are more white applicants to the school and the school will probably be represented as such(under a race-blind system)...We also must take into account that 40 whites will be denied admission while only three blacks will be denied admission.

Now I understand the point revolves around deciding if a minority applicant deserves a boost because of the inhibiting environment he/she grew up in....But the fact remains that the number of minority applicants will be smaller no matter the circumstances, and thus majority acceptances higher. 

In the end I believe there is nothing wrong with AA, but it must be used with more discretion.  It only takes a bit more work to determing if a minority truly suffered from a lack of resources, poor school districts, etc.....or if a applicant is simply using his race to garner an acceptance. 

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Emory / Re: Current Emory Student
« on: August 12, 2008, 11:27:51 AM »
What is the Emory social scene like, what about the area? Is it a real suburban feel...or is it integrated with ATL?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Admission Chances at William & Mary
« on: August 12, 2008, 11:22:53 AM »
Hey maybe SoDak residency will help, probably a bit more unusual than most applicants, and schools are always looking to be geographically diverse. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Admission Chances at William & Mary
« on: August 11, 2008, 12:48:59 PM »
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. 

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Law School Applications / The "crazy" Personal Statement
« on: July 22, 2008, 10:59:07 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. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Double Major
« on: July 21, 2008, 11:17:34 AM »
Thanks for the help, hopefully I can keep the numbers up.

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