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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How tough was your undergrad?
« on: October 30, 2005, 12:10:02 PM »
i'm 3.96, which puts me at the 98th percentile at my college. the college mean is somewhere around 3.02. no idea if it helps me (i.e. i'm at the top of my class and there's not much grade inflation), or hurts me (i.e. i go to a university of slackers!).

i go to uc davis, if that makes any difference.

Choosing the Right Law School / high gpa and mid-range lsat...
« on: October 30, 2005, 11:44:17 AM »
so in the process of reading a few other posters, i realize that i am not the only one with a high gpa and decent lsat. i have a 3.96 from a large california public school and a 168, which is good, but pretty much knocks my application out of the range of h/y/s. anyway, what schools are typically gpa whores? i've heard boalt hall is....any other possibilities?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: School Possibilities
« on: October 26, 2005, 03:37:20 PM »
it doesn't really seem like it's worth taking the lsat again for those two extra averaged points (though it's up to you in the end). you still have a shot at most of those schools, so i would work my ass off on recs and personal statements, but wouldn't bother with the test again unless you can pull your average up by 5 points or so.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hastings and Davis
« on: October 25, 2005, 07:14:12 PM »
i agree. i know that davis is well-regarded regionally just because i know some davis law grads that have really spectacular jobs in sac (and a lot of the DA prosecutors here graduated from mcgeorge, which is lower-tier than davis). at the same time, it's a really good public school, and i'm sure that davis grads are recruited all over the place.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.8/164
« on: October 25, 2005, 07:06:14 PM »
hey kids,
i am also a ucd senior...i've been told that davis is regarded highly by law schools, especially because there isn't a lot of grade inflation here. i'm 168 lsat, 3.96 lsdas gpa...and my list so far is: boalt, stanford, chicago (reaches); notre dame, duke, william and marry(targets); and uc davis, uc hastings, boston college, and vanderbilt (safeties). you might have a shot as usc, but i think ucla is a a bit of a reach for you. still apply to both if you can. let me know where you guys decide to apply and how you do!

good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where in Cali should/could I go?
« on: October 24, 2005, 03:41:07 PM »
it looks like you have a good shot at uc davis and uc hastings. i go to uc davis undergrad and know that the law school is VERY respected regionally; if you get decent grades you should get a great job anywhere around california (especially northern).

Law School Admissions / Re: my very very very very sad chances
« on: October 22, 2005, 10:26:13 PM »
can you retake the lsat? 157 is lower than the 25th percentile at UCLA, Davis and Hastings so it won't help you there. but with your gpa, it seems almost a waste to leave your lsat at 157.

you can still easily get in to cal northern, cal western, empire, golden gate, monterey college, new college, san francisco, san joaquin, santa barbara/ventura, thomas jefferson, and probably southwestern and santa clara. if you can't take the lsat again, i would say shoot for santa clara, since it's probably the most highly regarded.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Reach/Target/Safety List
« on: October 22, 2005, 06:23:48 PM »
your numbers are really similar to mine: i feel like your list looks really solid, but i could just be in delusion myself. i've heard that law schools make a big deal about grade inflation (i.e. make sure that your gpa puts you in a really high percentage of your class, otherwise they won't really care that it's so high).

good luck with everything!

sooooo just got lsat results back and wanted some feedback on school choice:

Large California public school (UC Davis)
LSDAS GPA: 3.96 (top 2% of students in my class)
LSAT: 168 (slightly below the 170 I was hoping for, but solid nonetheless)
Phi Beta Kappa, Regents Scholar, Political Science Honors Program and Scholarship winner plus various other stuff
Three internships: U.S. Senator, Local District Attorney, American Bar Association while studying in Washington DC, plus I've performed in local community theater productions consistently throughout my four years
Very strong personal statement and strong recs (one might be exceptionally strong)

sooooo here's my list so far:

insane reaches: harvard, stanford, chicago, uc berkeley
reaches/decent possibility: duke, vanderbilt, notre dame
safeties: uc davis, uc hastings, boston university, santa clara university

any comments? should i even bother with harvard at this point?

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