« on: September 13, 2008, 08:03:30 PM »
I am getting ready to apply and am trying to narrow down my choices to a reasonable spread. I have an approx. UGPA of 3.65 (philosophy major), and expect to score a 165 minimum on the LSAT in October. I am coming out of undergrad, but took a few years off, so I'm a good bit older than the average grad (31). To my credit I have (in the last 2 years): served on the Dean's Student Advisory Board; presented at 3 conferences (philosophy, literature, and sustainability); volunteered as an instructor teaching logic/critical analysis at a local prison; and am currently a legal intern at a small public interest firm. My letters of reference will be excellent, 2 from professor-mentors, and one from the Dean of my college. I have a draft of a PS but keep getting hung up on the angle I want to take.
I am almost settled on applying to Duke(probably the JD/MA Phil), Notre Dame, and Michigan, but I have a couple questions: 1) Are there other schools I should be considering/applying to? and 2) I am looking to get into the best school I can, but am also interested in a smaller, more collegial environment. I am interested in ethics and philosophy of law, so am looking for a school that supports additional study in that area. Legal interests are broad as of yet--international, human rights, property, public interest--but a strong desire to explore litigation, at which I believe I could excel.
Is there anything that might help me make a decision (that can't be found on their respective websites, or on the TopLawSchools site)?
Any thoughts/perspectives/information are much appreciated!