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« on: April 28, 2011, 04:51:37 PM »
If it were me, I would be thinking either Emory or U of GA. GA is slightly lower-ranked, but the in-state tuition makes it attractive. (Your scores seem like a strech for the T5, I don't think that the rest of the T14 would be that advantageous if you know you want to live in ATL)
The work you are describing is typically big-firm work. To qualify for one of those jobs in Atlanta you probably have to get onto law review, and hired for a clerkship. Realistically, you need to be thinking top 10% after your first year. OCI is incredibly competitive and many of the firms that have international work use class rank or GPA cut-offs fop interview candidates. You should also seriously consider learning a foreign langauge other than Spanish.
If you don't land a clerkship, you will probably have to hire in as a lateral. Big firms typically hire young associates from their summer associate class.
Good luck, and let us know how it all works out...
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:29:18 PM »
While the difference in ranking will follow you for a long time, some tier 4s are much better than others. Great example is in the Houston market: South Texas v. Texas Southern. South Texas graduates have a huge advantage over TSU--even the top 10%. The right law school for you will depend on too many factors for any list to give you the answer.
You are still very young, I wouldn't worry too much about the time commitment. The real question is whether you would enjoy being a lawyer or not. If you would, go to the best law school for you.
Your concern about what people would think if you sold your house and moved to go to law school should not be an issue. The fact you mention it signals that you probably need further consideration on whether being a lawyer is the right move for you. Law school for the sake of extra options = a bad idea.
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:15:26 PM »
UH has Weaver who is the author of the most commonly used textbook. I took the class from her and enjoyed it. She also teaches for Barbri.
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:13:02 PM »
IMO, there is only so far you can go studying by yourself. Consider either a prep course or individual tutoring from an experienced LSAT instructor.
The potential difference in a good score and a mediocre score can literally translate to hundreds of thousands of dollars over your working lifetime. It is well worth the investment.
« on: April 26, 2011, 12:21:19 PM »
1. Scholarships are offered when you apply to a law school, you don't have to do anything special other than being an applicant that the school really wants. How do you do this? Have a high LSAT and great GPA. Typically, you will get good scholarship offers from schools that are ranked lower than the highest-ranked schools you qualify for.
2. Getting a job, regardless of which law school you go to (except the very top schools), will depend as much on how you rank within the class as which school you go to. For instance, a student at a top-25 law school who is in the bottom-half of the class will often have more trouble finding a job than a student at a tier-4 law school who is in the top 5% of the class.
You are also thinking correctly that you should pick your law school by where you want to live. Each city where you want to live/practice will have its own law school ranking that doesn't always match USN. The challenge is figuring the rank out because it's not published anywhere (based on local opinion).
« on: April 26, 2011, 12:09:17 PM »
It will be an advantage at the right school. You have great LSAT/GPA combination which means that you will be an auto-admit in the majority of law schools. In the auto-admit schools, it is technically neither an advantage or disadvantage (though you would be accepted, grad school had nothing to do with it).
Focus on the T14--but also consider where you want to live/practice. In some places, T14 is outranked by a regional school. Emphasize your ability to speak the foreign language. A great PS could be themed on the lessons you learned/challenges you faced and overcame in grad school. Put a positive spin on your switching professions.
Anyone who gets to your application will consider it an advantage.
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:26:17 PM »
What kind of differential did you have on your practice tests walking in?
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:21:28 PM »
You should go to University if you are committed to making "A's" in each course. Undergraduate, unlike law-school, is a place where working harder translates to higher grades.
Law schools initially consider only 2 factors: LSAT and GPA. Think of it like a doorway--if those combined scores are not high enough, the school won't even look at your application. Once you are inside the door, your application will either be accepted or reviewed. It will be accepted if your scores are high enough. If it is reviewed, grades from a University will be viewed much more favorably than those from a CC.
If you have a full ride, you should strongly consider taking it. You might have to put some distance between you and your friends for right now, but its only temporary. You will find a way to have fun and be happy!!
Keep in touch and let us know how it works out for you!
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:13:10 PM »
I don't see much of a downside unless your father slams you. Based on your post, however, I wasn't sure if any of your letters came from a professor. If not, I bet that a mediocre LOR from a professor would strongly outweigh anything your dad could write.
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:08:05 PM »
Here are some of my thoughts:
1. I think either will prepare you fine.
1a. Significant improvement in LSAT scores, in my experience, does not show up until you have effectively studied for more than 150 hours. If you can devote that kind of time--including the class--between August and October, save the money. If not, do the online prep course.
2. W's are ignored in the LSAC calculation.
3. If the hours show on your transcript, my bet is that it would count as a pass/fail--given the lack of information available to LSAC.
4. Do not wait! Any advantage you get by waiting is outweighed by the rolling admissions advantage you will have by applying early. And, if your GPA changes significantly, you can supplement.
LSAT is much more important than GPA. Crush the test.
Let us know what you decide, and how it works for you!!
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