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Law School Admissions / Re: Would REALLY appreciate you chancing me!
« on: March 07, 2009, 04:52:57 PM »
Pepper anywhere in the T14 where you would be willing to go, just in case (especially if you get a lot of fee waivers).  Yale is a huge crapshoot, as the above poster indicated, as are Harvard and Stanford to a marginally lesser extent.  Five will get you ten, you'll probably get in at Columbia.

I'd hit the remaining T14 as indicated above for two reasons: (1) just in case (lawyers/law students are risk averse by nature) and (2) to leverage scholarship money.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: ohio state or wisconsin madison
« on: February 28, 2009, 09:53:15 PM »
I'd lean towards Wisconsin, if only for the bar waiver perk and the fact that I've heard pretty good things about Madison.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: The Best School For Academia
« on: February 28, 2009, 08:56:54 PM »
Top student at FSU is definitely better than below median at Yale

Probable flame.  If not, for academia, LOL.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU ($$) v. UT ($)
« on: February 28, 2009, 08:53:37 PM »
Go to UT.  I'd wager your chances of getting any more money then you already have are to anticipate the second question, even if they don't give you more money, still go to UT.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted 08/09
« on: February 27, 2009, 02:00:27 PM »
acceptances are completely unhelpful if not attached to stats...

or at least an LSD link...

but congrats anyway.

My stats are better than yours..but thanks anyway.

Ladies, ladies:  You are both pretty.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: The REAL Michigan?
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:41:44 PM »
Most of my friends/acquaintances here are actually doing government work and I've gotten the impression that getting those positions, so long as you have the right kind of resume and have a genuine interest, isn't frighteningly difficult.  Academia is just as competitive here as it is at the other mid to lower T14's.

With respect to getting a biglaw job in a major market, I do have one friend this year who is having some problems.  Everyone else I know (with wide ranging grades) got V100 with ease and several of them went to DC.  Using Vault as a ranking scheme is problematic, but I'm just doing it for ease.  In short, big firm work didn't seem to be a problem.

I'm happy with my grades and my Journal involvement and have been told that I definitely have a good shot at clerkships.  I have a few 3L friends who have similar high grades and/or are up there on Journals and they don't seem to be having problems tapping into some amazing opportunities.

Michigan isn't Harvard or anything, but out of that list, I think you'll have similar opportunities at Michigan.  Out of the schools you listed, the only real standout for your goals would be Chicago for its clerkships/academia potential.  Even then, becoming a professor is tough out of most schools and, if you were deferred with a good scholarship offer, I don't know if it'd be worth turning it down to try again with Chicago and the others you listed. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: OCU vs. St Louis -- with a twist!
« on: February 24, 2009, 07:53:34 AM »
If you don't want to retake and you want to work in STL, go to SLU and withdraw after a year if your grades aren't reasonably good.  If they are good, SLU will reassess your scholarship availability at the end of that year.  If you are okay working in OK and are fine with taking a pretty big risk, take the money at OCU and run...but realize that, in STL, SLU and then Mizzou dominate behind WUSTL (and WUSTL's placement in STL is often anomalous). 

Nevertheless, though, I'd recommend waiting a year and retaking.  If your LSAT was too low to get money at SLU, I'd wager you are in the range that, with a great deal of additional study, you could raise it significantly.  If you can hit 160+, you'll get significant money from SLU, especially if your GPA is 3.4+.

Pre-law students are generally more clueless, but 1Ls aren't on this forum.  We're special a dime a dozen, yo.  We post from school computers.


With a few exceptions, credited.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: February 13, 2009, 10:02:44 AM »
The bolded part didn't show up too well...I was referencing 8:45AM.  I know it's not real life early, but it's early for me :)

Oh god, yeah, I agree.  I hate early classes.  I just really like this professor and needed to take the class.  Depending on the day, he'd be a good one to see.  If I had to pick any professor for you to see, though, it'd be Brensike.  I love her to death.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: February 13, 2009, 09:53:31 AM »
March on into Evidence with Niehoff.  I guarantee he'll make you snicker at least once.  Tuesday through Thursday, 8:45 AM to 10 AM.

 :'( :'(


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