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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Texas Schools- 155LSAT/3.42GPA
« on: April 06, 2010, 01:03:21 PM »
Given the indicated numbers, this is how I see it.

Baylor - out
STCL - in
UH - out
St. Mary's - in

I agree that you should prep and retake the lsat. Getting at least a 160 or so would better your chances at baylor and UH, and you might be able to get a scholarship from baylor such that you can realistically consider both. Of course, if you can get into tech with those numbers, which is by no means a given, then that is a better (so says conventional wisdom) and more cost-effective path towards practicing in Texas. You say you won't apply until the next cycle:sounds like you have plenty of time to prepare. Who knows? You might do yourself some real good.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: April 06, 2010, 12:47:20 PM »
I attend school the University of Texas at Tyler.  Without exception all of the people I have met on campus that want to practice law, want to attend law school in Texas (approximately 10 students).  I personally did not consider attending law school outside of Texas until the pre law advisor encouraged me to look at colleges outside of Texas.  I was wondering if it is normal for most students to generally only consider law schools in their state, is it a phenomenon unique only to Texas, or is it just coincidental that I know 10 other people that only want to go to law school in Texas?

I dont think there is one simple response to your question. Im sure that some choose to stay in-state for economic and/or familial reasons or because of a strong desire to stay close to home while others simply want the opportunity to live in a new region. Still others, I think, dont fully understand how regional most law schools are, so they blindly enter any high ranked school they can. They see a school ranked in the low 50s and assume that its employment prospects are better through and through than a particular mainstay in a given region. Of course, this desire to stay in-state could also be a phenomenon peculiar to Texas (though I doubt it) that arose because Texas is, quite frankly, a badass place to live. I may be biased in this last regard...seriously though, I would wager that what is "normal" is relative to lsat/gpa. Students with high numbers will probably apply to the T14 along with a smattering of other, more local schools; students with low numbers will likely apply to nearby third tier schools.

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 I have heard many times during the application process that law school grades are in part the luck of the draw. Can this really be so? Is there a positive consensus about the truth of this assertion, and, if so, why is it true? I know nothing specific about law school grades or grading methods other than the general one exam-one grade concept and the existence of a sometimes harsh curve. It seems to me that such a method of handing out grades would favor those who write especially well and/or understand the pedagody and preference of the professor. Anybody care to set me straight on this matter?

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Law School Applications / Re: 162/3.2 gpa realistic chances
« on: December 14, 2009, 10:56:01 PM »
I replied with this similar post to another person that is in a similar situation as yours.

With your LSAT I suggest going to a low T3 or even T4 school, that is assuming you get a stellar scholarship from one of those schools. Seeing as you won't be getting into a T14 school with your scores (unless you have remarkable soft factors) and considering the dire job market out there, your best bet is to save a lot of law school tuition (pocket the cash and not worry about 30-40K in debt for that year) and at the same time hedge your bet on whooping butt in your first year against those who obviously do not have the innate capacity to be outstanding students of the law.  I know a lot of people say that the LSAT doesn't predict anything, but I disagree with someone in your situation.  That is because there is such a wide disparity (10+ points) between your ability and their abilities, that chances are very high you'll do extremely well against them come finals time. Just my two cents.
FYI: I transferred up from a T3 to a high T2 (did pretty good) but my girl friend, who was on scholarship making her first year practically free- did so well she transferred up to NYU.  So for her it was like 10K of 1st year debt, 160K summer Associate job, NYU scholarship and degree.  She bragged that she did so well partly b/c of her much higher LSAT score against much lower scoring LSAT folks that made up like 90% of the class, lol.

Are you just cutting-and-pasting these remarks? Im pretty sure I saw these words verbatim in response to another post...not unethical or anything but kind of cheesy. Also, your advice sucks.

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Roger Williams / Re: The WORST law shool for employment
« on: December 12, 2009, 11:00:29 PM »
So you admit that you were dumb enough to fall for the scam? And now you've the wisdom to instruct other people?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Better to not study??
« on: December 04, 2009, 10:33:53 PM »
Either your friend is a liar and thinks you're a total idiot or you are a liar and think we are total idiots. 185? I'm laughing my fu#@ing ass off and so genuinely that I had to type it out.

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Looking at schools with less competitive markets than LA is a very good idea.  I think University of Houston and Richmond are solid bets with your numbers.  Houston only competes with UT in Houston which is the country's 5th largest legal market.  Richmond competes heavily in DC, but puts a large number of students into clerkships as it is the capitol.  Colorado is also a good bet if you would enjoy Denver. 
While I agree that Houston would be a good school for the OP to look at considering his numbers, Houston competes not only with UT but also South Texas and, to an extent, SMU and Texas Tech. Still, it's a good idea to consider.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 168 with a 2.88 GPA?
« on: November 21, 2009, 08:27:23 PM »
If I don't get into UT, my big decision will be weighing the rest of the lawschools in Texas versus higher ranked schools elsewhere. My father (attorney) recommends I stay in Texas if I want to practice in Texas, but I can definitely see the advantages of going to a higher ranked law school up north somewhere as opposed to the SMU/Baylor/South Texas type schools down here.

Conventional wisdom is on your father's side. If you do plan on working in Texas, you should definitely go to a school here. Tulane and Oklahoma U also place in Texas, so you might consider those though I don't know why anyone would choose any place in Oklahoma over any place in Texas. This is a great state, and you can make good connections by remaining here. If you get an excellent lsat score all Texas schools aside from UT should be in play.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 168 with a 2.88 GPA?
« on: November 21, 2009, 06:59:00 PM »
I think your gpa will keep you out of UT-Austin. Check this out.

http://texas.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats

  Someone else will have to comment on the t14. I was under the impression that they were more selective than Texas but don't know that as fact.
  As for you other questions, your lsdas gpa shuold be the same as your cum. gpa if the schools you attended use a 4.0 system. Keep in mind that lsdas will count every grade that you ever received even if these grades were made up or the classes retaken or whatever. This includes  withdrawal-fails. If you have any of these, just add up all your hours and all your grade points and divide. This is what I did, and my calculation was accurate to the tenths.
  You should get your lsat score right around the date that lsac posts. Typically, they come out a day or so earlier, but don't quote me on that.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Salary of lawyers
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:12:13 PM »
That's a good link, EarlCat.

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