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did read through the whole post.  Just wanted to say, not all hope is lost. When I was practicing, I started around 152 and brought my score up to a 167 (ended up a little lower on the real test, but there were extenuating circumstances).  Just needed to read through a few books and learn a few skills.  If all you were doing is taking practice test, I cannot imagine you were actually learning anything.  Unlike the SAT, the LSAT isnt about memorizing.  You need to actually learn how to take the test itself.  I hope for you that a prep course will get you in the right direction.  And, if you do not get the score that you wont, dont let it bring you down.  I didnt end up with the one I wanted (really would have loved low 170s), had the lowest lsat score of any of the admits to my school (based on lawschoolnumbers data for non-URMs), and finished at the top of my class in law school.  It can be done.  This test doesnt define you.  It is important, but you can learn the material and improve.  Just need to focus your attention on the right thing.

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Law School Applications / Re: 3.52 and 161/164. where can i get in?
« on: June 28, 2009, 11:15:03 PM »
My thoughts are that your numbers are a little low for GW, BU, BC, W&M, Emory and Fordham, but the others you stand a decent shot.  You just dont know though.  I applied in 2006, my friend applied in 2008.  We had similar numbers and she got rejected from schools I got accepted to and vice versa.  It is completely random.  I would suggest applying to as many places as you can afford.  I put in 20 apps, got 10 rejections and 10 acceptances.  Ended up at a T20 after having been rejected by Fordham, W&M and others lower down the usnews list.  Good luck though!  And, my advice, if you get waitlisted, keep on them with follow ups, etc.

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Transferring / Re: Chances at NYU/CLS?
« on: June 24, 2009, 07:01:26 PM »
Already have applied! Anxiously awaiting, and trying to put myself in the right frame of mind for notification.

Well, on the bright side, it is kinda win/win.  Either, you get into one of them and graduate from a great school, or you end up at your school but are at the top of the class.

The only states I really have regarding either are my friends from here.  top 20 school.  They were roughly top 12-18% (one went to Columbia one went to NYU).  That is just my rough estimate of their rankings.

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Transferring / Re: Chances at NYU/CLS?
« on: June 24, 2009, 02:42:28 PM »
Currently at a mid T2, 3.85 GPA (Top 3%).  Chances transferring to NYU/CLS?

Dont know the numbers, but I know apps are due really soon (I think July 1st for one with it complete by July 15, and July 15th for the other).  Good luck!  From all I have heard, it is a pretty random process, so just give it a shot.

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Regent U / Re: Anyone?
« on: June 23, 2009, 10:33:18 PM »

Someone above mentioned that Regent grads getting Federal Gov't jobs.....I was snickering when I saw the date :o it was posted.

I can't imagine too many jobs available with the current administration, now or in the next few terms.



haha, yea, not a good economy for Regent grads or T14 grads... kinda sad.

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General Board / Re: Transactional vs. Litigation
« on: June 23, 2009, 10:31:01 PM »
Does anyone have any experience/input with tranasactional law practice compared to litigation. I'm interested in how much research,writing etc. goes into tranactional work and any opinions on pursuing this as opposed to litigaion.

I know you are looking for an answer, but, this isnt a question people can really answer for you.  You are going to have to try both and see what you enjoy more.  As with anything, the amount of writing, research, etc, depends a lot on what level you are at and where you go to work.  Many big firms will put younger associates on doc review (lit) or due diligence (transactional) that involves very little real thinking/legal skills.  It all depends.  Go somewhere during one of your summers that offers you an opportunity to do both and try both out.  You never know what you will like.  I ended up practicing in a field I never even considered in the past.

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Transferring / Re: Need Transfer Advice
« on: June 14, 2009, 09:44:54 PM »
I'm currently at a T100 law school in the NJ/NY area with a full scholarship and on LR; I'm considering transferring to a T10 school.  I want to work at a large Firm, probably in NY.  What should I do?  Thanks. 

apply.

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Transferring / Re: Comptetitve for T-14?
« on: June 11, 2009, 07:21:58 PM »
Ok, how competitive do you all think I would be: T4 (not cooley)GPA between 3.8-3.9, top 1-2% (official rankings not out yet, between 1-5 out of ~275), a few book awards (i think others call them calis), great lors. I applied to GULC EA and was deferred now I am looking at applying to Mich, Vir, and Berkeley (huge long shoot but I am going to make them tell me no). Are these bad choices as far as within the T14, would i have a better shoot at some of the other T14 northwestern, penn, or so on? Problem here is at close to $90 a pop I really cannot afford to apply to very many of them. If not T14 what about schools like Vandy or should I focus far down the ladder (if so how far)?

I dont normally do this, but it is "shot."  Not a typo, since you did it twice.

Congrats on the good grades.  I would suggest applying pretty broadly.  Its expensive, but it is worth it.  Transfer acceptances are incredibly random. 

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Transferring / Re: To transfer or not....
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:02:46 PM »
I didnt transfer when I had the opportunity and regret it now.  Although being at the top of your class at a T50 will open doors, there are certainly opportunities that are closed off to you because of your school.  I attended a top 20 (before it started sucking and slipped down the rankings). Certain firms wouldnt even consider hiring students from my school regardless of grades.  In addition, opportunities in academia are limited.  If the relationship is meant to work out, it will.

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George Washington U / Re: Rank at GW
« on: May 31, 2009, 11:15:10 PM »
Does anyone know what is the cutoff GPA for top 15% and top 35% for 1L at GW?  Thank you!

It varies by year.  I can tell you though that a 3.64 fell just out of the top 15% my 1L year (Im class of 2009). I think, although I dont remember for sure, that 3.66 was top 15%.  No clue what top 35% was. 

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