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If I were going to guess, I'd say Accepted everywhere but Chicago.
(But you might get in there)

URMs are tricky, though.  You'll probably have a couple surprise rejects.

Oh, and also I would apply to the entire T14 besides Yale.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Emory 1L Taking Questions
« on: October 07, 2008, 05:11:30 PM »
^^ Good to see you, buddy.  I hope things work out great for ya this year.  I thought Chicago was definitely the place for you.

I plan to take the LSAT in December 08. Is this too late to possibly get a scholarship from Emory?

No, it's not too late.  Nor is it anywhere close to too late.  People got $$ that applied in January last year I think.  I believe most everyone got their $$ mid-March last year.

What factors (other than GPA/LSAT score) are important to be considered for the Woodruff scholarship?

I would guess that all the over-the-top humanitarian stuff counts as a lot, but I'm not really sure.

Would you classify Emory as a school, which is primarily interested in GPA/LSAT score?

For non-URMs, yes, definitely (although, that said, most of my classmates have really cool life experiences).  The Woodruff Scholarships may be an exception to this.

What LSAT score do you think I need to get into Emory with a GPA of 3.71 (LSAC GPA)?

Probably 166 as a minimum, although possibly 165 or 167.  The cut-off will probably be very clear, though -- either all 166/3.7+'s get in, or all of them get rejected, for example.

I also have degree from my home university in addition to my US Bachelor's, will this help at all?

Only if you are a URM.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Emory 1L Taking Questions
« on: October 07, 2008, 05:04:30 PM »
Where do most Emory student say they want to go?

Atlanta for the slight majority.  A lot of people also want to go back to NYC and I've heard some mentions of Miami and DC. We have a geographically diverse student body, but a lot of people really like Atlanta and are going to want to stay.  It's an awesome city with a whole lot to offer.

Also, does Emory offer anything above full tuition scholarships (such as a stipend) and if so, what kind of numbers do you need to get it (or, selfishly I'll cut to the chase and say will my numbers make me competitive for it?)

We give 5(?) Woodruff Scholarships each year.  I believe these are full tuition (~120k) + 15k stipend over 3 years (I thought I remembered 154k total being the number, but I could be wrong).  I believe your numbers would put you in the running, but I really don't know what the criteria is for these scholarships.  It may be that they are looking for really high numbers, or it might be crazy life experiences.  I'm not really sure.

Finally, could you justify going to Emory over a better school (let's say 11-16 range) if it saved you $40,000+?
Well, I put a lot of thought into this, and it turned out to be a lot of wasted time!  I got into USC with no money, and it was a very easy decision not to go.  My straight-mathematics formula suggested I would need 30-60k from USC to make it an equal/better offer.

You will have some better choices than I did.  I would consider 90k from Emory to be equivalent to an Acceptance from Duke/Cornell/GULC and 30-60k from USC/Vandy/UCLA/Texas/GWU.  I think Emory is a school that is going to move up (our endowment is enormous and the law school is getting a lot of cash) in a city that, compared to the rest of the country, is growing rapidly.  It is also worth considering that you'll probably do better against the students at Emory than the students at Duke, for example.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Emory 1L Taking Questions
« on: October 07, 2008, 03:02:43 PM »
What are the scholarship cutoffs?

It's going to change every year, and the GPA/LSAT scores are most likely going to go up a little every year.

Last year, with only a very few exceptions, it went:

165-166, 3.5-3.75 = $90k
165-166, 3.75+    = $96k
167+, >3.5        = $75k
167=, <3.5        = Accept
165-166, <3.5     = Accept
>164              = Reject
This doesn't count URMs.  Things are more volatile for them and soft factors seem to be more important.  I think there's a few people that got in with 155 and a good GPA, but I'd say you need a 159 to be pretty confident.  Most URMs got a $54k scholarship.

And yeah, some of that seems a little counter-intuitive.  They obviously played the "boost our medians" game, although I'm not sure how much of an effect this had on our 25-75 rankings.  Also, before someone asks, I don't know much about this year's numbers other than that our median GPA is about 3.55 and LSAT is "92%" (my LSAT was 166 and I was 93%, FWIW).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Emory 1L Taking Questions
« on: October 07, 2008, 02:46:18 PM »
Based on some of the common questions/discussions last year, here's a few words of advice..  I'm writing this here since I'm sure I'll come back to these points...

(1) Don't pick a school because you think it will have an awesome student body
This is going to differ every year for your school.  Our 1L class is markedly different from our 2L class socially.  I understand the idea that certain types of people are going to be more attracted to cities/rural areas or certain regions of the country or whatever, but I absolutely do not think you will notice all that much of a difference between the schools.

(2) Keep in mind that people on here are unique and have different perspectives
The second day of school some of my classmates were stressing.  At week 7, I am not stressed at all.  Some people think the people at the school are total alcoholics and not serious.  Some others think we don't go out enough.  It's all about where you come from and what your personality is like.

(3) I wouldn't look much into what the undergrad population of various schools is like, nor the general population of the surrounding city.  I'm pretty outgoing, but neither I nor really any of my classmates has a real group of friends outside the law school.

(4) Don't rule out any of the top-30 schools without looking into them pretty closely.  I almost ruled out Emory entirely at first.  I'm very glad I didn't do that.


I'm a 1L at Emory.  I was one of the more active members on this board last year.  I put a lot of thought into where I was going to go to school, I visited a few other places, and I have friends (both online and real haha) at various other schools.  We've discussed similarities/differences and stuff.  I'd like to answer any questions you guys have in regards to Emory...

LSN is in my profile if you want some background on me.  I'm basically straight from UG and interested in making money.  I got a 90k scholarship from Emory.

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