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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Several questions from a n00b..
« on: September 28, 2009, 10:12:44 AM »
With the stats I have (factoring in that I am your average middle class WASP demographically), what chance do I have of getting into a Harvard or Stanford? I've kind of been approaching my research into law school under the premise that I would be very, very unlikely to gain admittance to the top 3 schools, but obviously I'd be thrilled to have a chance to attend them, and your post got me thinking about it, BikePilot.

Is there anything I could do to boost my chances at those schools, or should I be concentrating on schools outside of the highest echelon?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Several questions from a n00b..
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:35:34 AM »
"Initial question: if you graduated last spring, how did you opt to work for a couple of years?  Unless of course you mean you graduated in Spring '08 and will attend law school in Fall '10, which is what makes sense to me."

Actually what I meant was, I just graduated ('09) and have decided that I will work for a couple years before law school...I intend to enroll in fall of 2011 or 2012 at the latest. Sorry for the non-clarity.

And I actually already have recommendation letters taken care of - I had three professors write them during my senior year. On a related note, should I be thinking about having someone from the workplace write one for me, or are the academic references sufficient?

Thanks for the help, all...I imagine I'll probably consult this forum several times in the next couple years.

Choosing the Right Law School / Several questions from a n00b..
« on: September 24, 2009, 04:11:58 PM »
First, some basic info. LSAT=172, GPA=4.0 (graduated last spring). I opted to work for a couple of years before attending law school, and I'm currently employed by a large global firm as a consultant. Well-rounded college activities list, I think (hope?).

Now, several questions that, quite frankly, I just don't have much of a clue on and I would love some opinions. Feel free to answer any or all of them.

1. All else equal, would it be better to attend a highly-ranked school and rank, say, in the top third, or to attend a tier twoish school and rank very highly? Or does it kind of depend on where you want to work and the nature of the work you want to do?

2. Does anybody get scholarships for law school that aren't need-based? The one conversation I ever had with a law advisor during undergrad made it sound like the prospects for merit-based scholarships are slim to none.

3. I'm working 60-70 hours a week...should I be expecting to ramp up that time committment for law school?

4. Would attending law school part-time be looked upon poorly?

As I said, any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

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