Thank you to all who replied.
I am indeed taking a prep class (it starts Sept 1st and ends the week before the LSAT) but I'm trying to be realistic and not get my hopes up, which is why I think I may get around a 145.
So basically you are all saying if I get around a 145 I have no chances? Not even at St. John's? Or Hofstra?
Thanks again for the help!
No, you'll have chances. Especially being a minority. (Unless by minority you mean Asian; Asians don't get much of a bump, if any).
this guy got into Cooley, IU-I, UDM, Nova, and a couple others with a 141 average.
The thing is, if you can get that score up 10 points you'll have better opportunities. If you can get up into the 150s you'd have a shot at some lower Tier 1s or Tier 2s.
pcc241 got into American and Emory with a 3.38/158
k32 got into American PT and Marquette (T2) with 3.2/154
this one got into American, Temple with $$$, Emory with $$$, and Fordham with a 3.1/155
American, Loyola (Chi) and Arizona with a 155
George Washington with $$$ with a 155
If you can get that score up just ten points and you're hispanic, native american or black, you're going to be much better off than you will be with a 145. I mean no disrespect to Cooley, Nova or any of the other T4 schools but your employment prospects are going to be better out of American than they are out of Cooley.
If you can't get your LSAT up into the 150s before September, you're better off postponing for a year, getting some WE and trying again next year.
Your employment opportunities out of American are going to be good regardless. But I'm biased, from going there.
Apply to UDC, or whatever the equivalent is in NY. If you can get into a school like that (should be possible if you can bump your LSAT up a bit, and have something on your resume that helps, i.e. diversity, leadership exp.) your employment chances will be pretty good to get into an adequate firm, assuming you don't @#!* up in law school.
I'm a SWATjester fan, and I didn't go to American, so I'm a little out of my depth here, but it seems like a dangerously strong statement to say your employment opportunities out of American are going to be good regardless..... SWAT, can you provide some additional info to qualify this please. What types of opportunities are available to the bottom quarter of the WCL class?
Probably bad ones. I should have clarified that better.
I'm assuming that most people that are here are going to be in at least the top 50% of their class. Obviously the top 10% will be doing extremely well, and given the sheer number of DC/MD/NOVA firms that do OCI at American.
If you're in the bottom %25 of your class, your opportunities are going to suck no matter where you go. But then again, 75% of the class is not in the bottom quarter, right?
I do know of a couple of deans fellows at american who self-admit to be somewhere in the middle of their class, and two of them will be working at Biglaw firms, and the third got a comfy SA with a small but successful K street lobbying firm.
I guess what I'm saying is that Washington has a lot of job opportunities available, and even for people that are not going to be in the top 10-15% of their class, there are still good job opportunities for them.
Beyond that, at American, because of the heavy focus on public interest law, there are a lot of people who do the Marshall Brennan project, which teaches ConLaw to high school students in DC, or go into public interest law to take advantage of the PILRAP loan repayment plan (work in a public interest position, they pay your student loans off).