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« on: December 28, 2013, 05:53:03 PM »
Apply and grab the fee waiver now. Your application will be received, however, it will not be complete until all items (i.e. transcripts, LSAT score) are sent in. In fact, its actually going to be to your advantage to do this as it will take longer to process your materials the longer you wait, which means you will be competing with a larger pool for fewer open spots.
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:17:48 PM »
I think you have already made up your mind. At this point, go with your gut. You know the pros and cons.
Also, there are tons of outside scholarships that you can apply for. Even if you just snag a few k... something is something. I also know quite a few people that worked during law school at UM. All that combined with living well within your means can help keep your debt as low as possible.
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:24:19 PM »
I'm still a 0L, but there really is something to be said about real human interaction. For the majority of law schools, and more importantly, law school students, this may not really be the case, but I don't see, say, Yale dropping their face-to-face classrooms any time soon. That said, it is great for the lower ranked schools to have a way to offer a legal education at an understandably lower tuition. However, the question remains if we really need all those lawyers... I guess the market will figure itself out - hopefully not too many people get swallowed up into a sea of debt in the meanwhile though.
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:13:53 PM »
I have no idea... that 170 is going to be pretty attractive to any school outside of the top 20, regardless of your stinky GPA. I think you have a shot at USC, but you are going to have to bring it in the rest of your application.
I'd apply to a ton of reach schools - you never know how they will treat this level of split. 170 basically places you in the T14, I'm sure theres at least one that may take you. Also, I'd apply to a bunch of schools in the region you want to live/work, even if lower ranked, to snag big scholarships.
In the end, this is all speculation. Just make a perfect application, apply, and see what comes.
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:09:15 PM »
First off... I'd apply to all the schools you want to go to, see where you get accepted, fight as hard to get scholarships/need-based fin. aid, and THEN figure out where you want to go. As of right now, there are just way too many unknowns to make an informed decision. So, instead of worrying about projected acceptances, I'd invest 100% of your free time on LSAT prep. The better that score is, the more options you will have later on.
That said... decision committees, depending on the school, may take your grad. school GPA into account as a soft factor. The bulk of the decision, however, will be based on your LSAT score and LSDAS GPA (which may be different from your school's GPA). Other factors, like your veteran status (which will prob. give you the strongest bump), will help sway a decision, but not make it.
Finally, when you are looking at schools, you have to figure out your own personal list of priorities. This is going to be different from person to person as we all have our own specific circumstances. If you are already in your 40s, have a bunch of kids, and want to retire by 60, then going into 250k of debt for a school whose employment statistics are weak and avg. starting salary is 50k... well, no one needs to tell you thats prob. a bad idea. If you are in your early 20s, no kids, no wife, then going into 75k of debt for, say, Harvard, is prob. worth it.... Figure out what is most important to you. i.e. Location, Employment Statistics, Salary Expectations (both best case and worst case scenario), Regional Pull, Industry Pull, Specialization, Environment/Vibe, Rank/Prestige, etc. It also wouldn't hurt to talk to some lawyers in the jobs that you may want.
Anyways, good luck!
« on: December 13, 2013, 09:18:13 PM »
Honestly, unless you are offered a full ride from UM, I'd prefer FIU. They have stronger bar passage rates, good employment numbers, are sky rocketing in reputation and ranking, and their students are humble and helpful. I am sure within the next 5-10 years, FIU will have just as much rep. in south florida, if not more, as UM. Unless you are in the top percentile of UM's class, the nominal boost of UM's rank is not going to help you out that much... If you really are skeptical, ask hiring lawyers at firms/sectors what they think.
I'd also visit UM law and meet as many students as possible. My experience with the environment of UM law is mixed.
Finally, note that you may be able to use the scholarship offers to get money out of higher ranked schools. First, you'll have to wait and see what FIU offers (you should hear back around Feb., but ask them). I'd then use the St. thomas offer to get more money from Nova and FIU. If UM really is a top choice for you, it wouldn't hurt to negotiate $ using a scholarship from FIU, and worse case, St. Thomas/Nova.
Good luck! You are certainly in a good position as is, so, congrats!
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:57:18 PM »
I don't have a direct comment, but I'd say... don't worry about it. There really isn't anything you can do about your LSDAS UGPA at this point. Finish out your degree as amazingly as possible, write some killer essays, get impeccable recommendations... Everything else is out of your control and not worth your time worrying about. Your LSAT is phenomenal and will help you get into equally phenomenal schools.
Also, if your GPAs are really off, you could write an addendum (so long as there are significant circumstances that warrants the addendum aside from the gpa difference).
« on: December 05, 2013, 10:14:44 PM »
I'm just a measly 0L, but it sounds like you need to decompress. Play music, watch a movie... whatever. Aside from doing something unethical, there is nothing you can do about your grade now - it is out of your hands. If you can't do anything about it, there is no point in worrying about it. Put it out of your mind and move forward. With appropriate distance, reflect and learn from it, but don't obsess.
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« on: December 03, 2013, 12:45:44 PM »
These will give you a guestimate of your chances. Note that aside from URM, these sites don't take into account soft factors (like student president, work experience, etc.). That said, these soft factors are simply going to add to your case, not make it. In other words, the bulk of a decision is based on your GPA/LSAT; soft factors will simply push you over the edge if you are borderline. It seems that until you get to the elite schools, soft factors are relatively minor aspects in your application.
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:37:41 AM »
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