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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where can I get in with a 3.5 / 157?
« on: October 13, 2009, 04:27:29 AM »
I have very similar numbers (3.2 159) and from what I gather, the only GA school that either of us would have a good shot at is Mercer.  GA State is a bit of a reach.  The good thing for us is that living in the southeast with these numbers gives us access to good schools that allow nearly unrivaled access to decent markets (Jackson, Little Rock, Columbia, Charleston, etc.).  This is my ranking of schools that I (and you) have a legit shot at that have large alumni networks, solid regional reputation, and good placement in decent markets.

Target:
1. Tennessee
2. LSU
3. South Carolina
4. Ole Miss
5. Arkansas

Safety-ish:
6. Loyola New Orleans
7. Samford
8. Mercer (Nancy Grace on the board and no Atlanta put this pretty low on my list)

Reach (if i significantly improve my lsat over the next year):
Wake
Tulane
SMU (FT or PT)
UGA

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Come on....surely one of the 25 people who have read this have some sort of opinion to share.  One word responses will work too (good, bad, decent, etc.)

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Alright I sat down last night and churned out the opening paragraphs of what could ultimately become my PS. I'm going to copy and paste what I have so far and then summarize the rest of the PS because I might need to tweak the format or change topics completely. I'd love to get some honest yet constructive feedback.

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It was 9:30 pm in a small classroom at the University of X. Octafinal rounds of the prestigious X debate tournament had just concluded and the 3-2 decision rendered by the judges could have come as no greater a surprise. During the five hour drive to X in the cramped, deteriorating school van, I never would have dreamt that I would outlast more than one hundred competitors from every corner of the United States to speak in the quarterfinal round.
As I packed up my research and fervently prepared my case for the next round, my debate partner and long-time friend John burst into the room and nervously extended a piece of paper to me (I'm going to reword this)). I immediately recognized the look of trepidation on his face and as I looked down at the tournament schematic, my worst fears were confirmed: we were set to face the top policy debate team in the nation in the tournamentís quarterfinal round.
The level of anxiety I felt reached a new height upon entering the large auditorium that would host our next round. The 200 seat room was filled to capacity with ousted competitors, coaches, and curious onlookers. As I approached the podium to give preliminary arguments, the egg-shell timer in my hand shook timidly and I realized just how far I had come in my short life.
Next paragraph: Explain that I was shy and reserved as a kid. I had poor communication skills. I began looking up to people who could change mindsets and influence action through discourse.
Next paragraph: I won the debate round. I realized that something which was once my greatest weakness has become my greatest skill (discourse). My role models have helped shape who I've become.
Next Paragraph: Now I want to work in litigation.
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So that's what I'm thinking about going with as of right now. Does this work? Does it sound alright? I think I may have some issues with flow and format. One thing I definitely want to keep is the chronology (or lack thereof). I'm shooting for Tulane/SMU/Wake as dream schools. I'd love to hear some insight. Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.2 159 Where should I be applying?
« on: October 07, 2009, 07:51:20 PM »
Definietly the latter.  As of right now, I'm looking into Samford for Birmingham and Loyola for New Orleans.  Are there any other T2-T3 schools like these that place well in mid-sized cities?

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Where should I go next fall? / 3.2 159 Where should I be applying?
« on: October 07, 2009, 06:11:42 PM »
I have a 3.2 ugpa with a 159 lsat.  I realize i probably won't be getting into any schools with national reach so what are some good schools that i can can get into that have strong placement in there respective markets?  I will have an average PS and average softs (a good bit of volunteer work and a law internship). I'm getting LORs from a former state attorney general who i know well, a district court judge who i worked for, and two teachers i know fairly well.  I don't care that much where it is as long as it's a decent sized city with a good legal market.

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