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How important is the ranking of the law school you attend when it comes time to transfer? Would a tier 3 school student in the top 10-15% have a significantly better chance at getting into a tier 1 school than a tier 4 kid in the top 10-15% of their class?

So I still need to hear back from like 15 schools...but I have a feeling my choice may end up being between Cal Western and NYLS. Which one would you guys recommend if my ultimate goal is to transfer? I do realize that transfering is difficult, and that everyone goes into law school thinking they are going to be in the top I also need to face the fact that my choice needs to take into account the fact that I may not transfer, and that I may end up graduating from Cal Western or NYLS. NYLS is in a city where I would be competing with some of the best law school grads in the country (not to mention a huge volume of them as well)...while CW is in San Diego, competing with grads from USD and Thomas Jefferson....and maybe some grads trickling in from Chapman, Whittier...and to a lesser extent UCLA and USC. At the same time, what kind of job prospects are there in San Diego? Living in NYC would be a blast....but I would be 3,000mi from my friends and family (I'm from LA), and I highly doubt I would have a bad time living in the gas lamp district of San Diego. I'm just so confused...what do you guys think would be the best choice?

Probably a dumb question, but if you withdraw from a school before they make a decision, they won't give you your app fee back will they?

I picked up the habit about 1.5 yrs I smoke about 1/3-1/2 a pack a day (everyone I know smokes too, ouch!). I can go an entire day without a cigarette if I am busy and cant smoke, but when I am studying or stressed out I tend to light up. I am addicted, but I am not quite sure i want to carry this habit into law school...and especially not after law school Anyone else thinking the same? They just kinda had enough of cigs?

But damn...a cig after a few drinks at a bar is sooooo great  8)

Ok, so I defaulted on a store credit card was about $1,600. I was in school, lost my job (where I was making good money) and had to make the choice between paying for rent/car or my credit card. How much will this affect my chances at getting loans/financial aid for law school? I am so worried about there anything I can do?

I'd like to know which one of these three schools would be the best to go to, but keeping a few things in mind. I have already been accepted to Cal Western, and I have a feeling I will get into Whittier...Chapman may be a bit more iffy. I would like to attend a law school that provides a good education, but also has an enviornment where it would be possible to make it into the top 10-15% without some miracle (ie: no insane curves). I do not want to graduate from a 4th tier school, I really would like to transfer...but in the event that my plans don't come to fruition (i learned having a contingency plan is pretty smart after taking that f-ing lsat) and I in fact do graduate from a 4th tier, I don't want to be stuck without any job prospects. So basically...out of Whittier, Cal Western, Chapman (and any other 4th tiers you want to include), which would be the smartest choice considering transfer possibilities, education, curves, and job placement.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / In at California Western
« on: March 03, 2006, 06:06:39 PM »
Just got my very first law school acceptances today! California Western and Roger Williams University. I know they are both 4th tier, but it just feels really good to know that I have somewhere to go next year!!!! Even though my stats are awful, RWU offered me a scholarship, but I think I am going to withdraw asap.

Ok....I have horrible stats....3.05 lsdas (3.28 degree, 3.7 major) 151 25 school...worked 30hrs/wk all through college. I want to throw out one last application....and I want it to be a hail mary....a school that people have actually heard of...but also a school where i actually have a chance....even if it's only a 5-10% chance. Any suggestions?

These are the schools I have applied to thus far

I know some of you may consider those hail mary's already....but I want to throw one last app out.

Studying for the LSAT / How to write LSAT addendum??
« on: February 05, 2006, 11:41:40 AM »
Ok...I need to write an LSAT addendum, but I am not quite sure how to go about it. I don't want to sound whiny or like I am trying to avoid responsibility, but I feel like I need to explain myself a bit. Any tips or examples?

Ok...I have a 3.05 lsdas/3.28 univ  gpa (top 25 univ)....151 lsat and I am an URM. I retook the LSAT today, and I feel like I may have bombed it horribly...i'm talking mid/high 140's....although could have possibly made it to 155 if my stars aligned. I'm not looking to go to Harvard or anything...I just want to go to law school in California at an ABA school...and not Whittier. Chapman is my you guys think I should just roll the dice and see what happens...or just send in the rest of my apps now? I REALLY do not want to take another year off....

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