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I agree with what Loki has already said, and with your numbers you will get into most schools.

One thing to consider:

Don't get too caught up in the T14 thing. What I mean is, not all T14 schools are magical just because they are T14. Some, like HYS, are truly elite institutions and you will probably get a job based on pedigree alone.

But, depending on where you want to live and what you want to do, any T14 is not necessarily better than any non-T14, especially of there is a big price tag attached.

Let's say you want to live in LA and your dream is to be a prosecutor. Would T14 Virginia be a better bet than UCLA/USC at a steep discount? In my opinion, no.

The T14 are all great schools, don't get me wrong. My point is that you should at least consider other well respected schools, especially if there is money on the table.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 24, 2016, 09:15:37 PM »
He's voting for his opponent. Who cares whether he's suspended his already dead campaign. This is a great example of why the left never really gets anywhere.

There is no revolution. Never was. Just total capitulation.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Charlotte School of Law vs. CUNY
« on: June 24, 2016, 03:50:53 PM »
You need to think about where you want to live post grad. These are both local schools with local reputations, and you will almost certainly end up working in the immediate area.

Personally, I'd go with the cheapest option. NYC is a very competitive legal market with a very high COL. You will have lots of debt and be stuck competing for the lower end of the legal pay scale.

I don't know the NC market at all, but the COL is definitely cheaper.

Frankly, neither school is a powerhouse and you will be seriously hustling to find work. Thus, limiting cost should be a major goal.

As far as CUNY being #1 in public interest, nobody cares. I don't mean that to sound like a jerk, but seriously nobody cares. CUNY could be #1 and NYU could be #200, and the NYU grad will still get the interview. These kinds of subcategory rankings are (with a few exceptions) practically meaningless. For example, St. Louis University is ranked high in Health Care Law. Go to any big firm that represents hospitals and insurers and see if they hire St. Louis grads over Harvard and Yale grads as a result.


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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 24, 2016, 10:52:05 AM »
Here you go, Cinnamon.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/bernie-sanders-says-he-will-vote-hillary-clinton-n598251

Sanders says he will vote for Clinton. Think about that for a minute. The guy you will write-in will not vote for himself, because he has the intellectual maturity to understand that defeating Trump is more important. What does that say about you?

I think it says that either you picked the wrong guy in the first place because he's a sellout (unlikely), or that your diehard position is sort of childish (likely). 

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 21, 2016, 03:51:50 PM »
Yeah, I held my nose and voted for HRC. I'm not a big fan, but she has a better grasp of the issues and isn't a "gimmick" candidate like Sanders.

Sanders is a good guy, but would have accomplished very little. Congress is not going to vote for new taxes, which he needs to fund his cradle-to-grave welfare state. Tax the rich? Not enough. Tax corporations? Still not enough. Cut spending? Nope, sooner or later middle class taxes would have to be raised and that would be the end of Sanders. As my colleague says, "Americans love free stuff until they find out how much it costs." 

Estimates are that his programs would have added 15-18 trillion to the debt. No thanks.

Sanders is a big picture guy, but I'm not convinced that he would have been able to handle the day to day managerial tasks which are the less sexy side of the Presidency.

Finally, let's assume that you're right and HRC gets indicted. That's still no guarantee that Sanders gets the nomination. Delegates could just as easily go for whoever else throws their hat in the ring.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 20, 2016, 06:46:26 PM »
Secondly, not only Republicans party is being  blown up....but Democrats party is now being berned to the ground.

Bernie is there to pick us up after Hillary has her interrogation and then gets indicted.

I'm actually not a big fan of HRC, which is why, unlike, Cinnamon, I can be at least somewhat objective about her candidacy. You're so obsessed with Sanders as a panacea for all that ails the nation, that you've seriously departed from reality.

The fracture in the Democratic party is not even close to the absolute implosion of the Republicans this year.

The Dems have moved to the left as a party over the last couple of decades anyway, and have picked up on the concerns and lingo of Sanders supporters and have incorporated them into the party platform. Stuff like "inequality" will figure big at the convention, and Sanders will play a role. But at the end of the day, HRC is the nominee and Bernie will go home to Vermont.

The vast majority of people who voted for Sanders will vote for HRC. A few diehards (like you) won't, but it won't make much difference. She'll win with or without you.

As far as your wish for an indictment, good luck. Did you see Loretta Lynch on MTP this weekend? She made it clear that DOJ won't lift a finger. Cronyism at it's best. 

Trump will lose, Clinton will win, the Republicans will freak, and Sanders will have a new career as a disheveled late night guest. The new center-left administration will chug predictably along, and you will no doubt update us on every new fake scandal.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 16, 2016, 05:32:35 PM »
...and I would add that it's, well, amusing that someone keeps finding the same topic "popcorn worthy" in this election (remember- he had the popcorn ready for the Benghazi hearing), while ignoring a pretty amazing election that includes, inter alia-

1. A party's prior nominee in open warfare against their current nominee. Seriously, how amazing is the Romney/Trump split (putting Utah ... UTAH!!!! in play).

2. A sitting GOP senator saying that the GOP nominee is too bigoted and racist to be President (??? that's from Kirk, today).

3. The first-ever female presidential nominee from one of the big-two parties.

4. Having both candidates have unfavorable ratings that have never been recorded (seriously- Clinton would have serious difficulties, but for Trump).

5. The continuing and open question as to whether the GOP will revolt prior to, or during, Cleveland.

6. The open question as to whether events (the economy-Brexit, a terror attack, etc.) could substantially upset the race and ... we could actually have a President Trump.

All of the above, and more. Yes, I agree completely.

It is an incredible election, and has exposed so many fractures within the system.

This is probably a somewhat predictable response, but this Trump phenomenon demonstrates how wrong the pundits and party leaders have been at reading the tea leaves. There has been a seething anger building for a long, long time, and I think it's too simplistic to just chalk it up to racism. That certainly is the animating force for some Trump voters, but there's something else going on. There's a strong desire to burn the SOB down, start over.

So here's my question:

Let's assume that HRC wins. If she beats Trump, who is anathema to so many voters, by only say, five points, does that mean that a less Trump-y type of anti-establishment candidate would have smoked her? I mean, when you look at Trump it's hard to believe that she's not ahead by 25 (which could happen, maybe).

Further, and more importantly, does that mean that the Democrats now have to find a way to deal with the fact that nearly half the electorate is willing to go for something radically different? I think it legitimately calls into question the assumption of a permanent Democratic majority based on future demographics.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:04:51 AM »
Hey Maintain,

I told you that I will be voting for Bernie Sanders along with many Bernie supporters in November-- no matter what because to us supporting Hillary is a vote for Donald trump since she is being investigated by the cops.

Try to answer honestly, will you support Bernie sanders if Hillary has to drop out?????
I bet you can't answer the question.

Also, do you mean conspiracy theories like this one:

The investigation should go forward,” Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told the Observer. “This is sort of typical Hillary Clinton; to do things that are not legal, to say that they are, and then try to cover them up. Hillary Clinton severely chastised other whistleblowers for using Internet channels that were not secure and yet she herself was doing that with private, high level state department information.”

A periodical

Ok, I'll play.

Yes, if HRC drops out and Sanders is the nominee I will vote for Sanders. Why? Because although I disagree with both Clinton and Sanders on many issues, I am capable of recognizing that they are both infinitely better options than Trump.

See Cinnamon? This is what big kids do. They make big kid decisions. They recognize the reality of the situation and make the best choice possible under the circumstances.

The fact that you would write-in for Sanders because you can't draw a distinction between Clinton (who you don't like) and Trump (who you should be scared of) says a lot about your ability to reason. Your decision is clearly driven by emotion, not logic.

BTW, the meeting between Sanders and Clinton the other day was essentially him dropping out.

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Everything Loki said, with an emphasis on 2 and 4.

Here's the thing: the LSAT is such a huge factor in law school admissions that until you have an actual score (or at least a series of consistent practice scores) everything is speculation. GPA and LSAT determine just about everything. LORs, grade trends, etc are of minimal importance.

For now, focus on improving your score as much as possible. With a prep course or some kind of structured study regimen you can almost surely gain a few points. Even raising your score 3-5 points will give you many more options.

Lastly, research the state bar admission rules of the state in which you intend to practice. A misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances, could give you trouble beyond just law school admission. 

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