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I would consider "biglaw" as a firm that pays at or near what the biggest firms in its market pays.  This is $160K for the biggest cities but can be much lower for smaller cities.

I realize it's impossible to create an exact standard, but it's probably possible to create guidelines for each market and school.

As far as Tulane, that's much more generous than I've heard from someone I know who was at Tulane.  He was in the top half and makes around $60K in insurance defense in a secondary Southern city.  He says top 10% had access to NYC, top 20% had access to NOLA (whatever is left of that market anyway) and good luck going anywhere else (like Texas) unless you had serious ties.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Am I screwed?
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:53:09 PM »
I wish my awful, awful GPA was just a few points higher, and then I'd be in your situation.  Mine's in the 2.1 range.  It makes my 176 pretty much a waste.

I have too many credits for me to boost my GPA significantly by taking more classes.  I probably won't apply to any T14s at all.

That said, it seems like there is a trend toward LSAT emphasis among schools that have traditionally not sold out for it, like GW and Cornell.

Any thoughts?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Advice on Final List(160/4.0)
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:46:58 PM »
Don't write an addendum for the 160 and don't go on about the trailer park.  They just don't care.  But they do care that your 4.0 will allow them to admit a couple other high-LSAT people and boost their GPA numbers.

So, looking at your list...

William & Mary
North Carolina
Boston College
Wake Forest
George Mason

Looks like you don't care where you end up.  You should probably think about where you can get money and I'm not sure what your priorities are.

I would remove Iowa, Indiana, George Mason and Wisconsin.  Those schools care more about the LSAT and besides you'll have better options.  I would also remove Tennessee but clearly you're applying there because you're from there.

I would definitely add Georgia.  You can likely get in-state after your first year and it's very cheap, and it's an all-around better school than Florida and some of the others on your list.

I would like to direct you to

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Am I screwed?
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:31:59 PM »
It's obvious once you surf around for a while.

It isn't really an exact science.  Within the T14, people can get a small break if they have a compelling story, if they are HYP, a hard science major, or a resident of Virginia for UVA. 

Obviously, if they are a minority they get the biggest break ever.

Assuming there's nothing special about you (no relevant WE, no IP background, not an extremely attractive female)...

How high must you be for biglaw (defined as market rate in ANY city) from the following schools:

WUSTL (guess:  33%)
Illinois (guess:  25%)
Tulane (guess:  15%)
Indiana-Bloomington (guess:  10%)
Minnesota (guess:  20%)
Arizona (guess:  10%)
GW (guess:  33%)
Washington & Lee (guess:  20%)

Personal experience would be helpful in hashing this out.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Am I screwed?
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:20:12 PM »
I should add that I omitted URMs and internationals, for obvious reasons.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Am I screwed?
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:17:22 PM »
I'm in a very similar place, except my GPA is actually worse than yours and my LSAT is 176.  I will likely have only a slim shot if any at T14 but you, believe it or not, are almost a certain bet.

The most likely T14s for you, listed by lowest GPA admitted (from LSN):
Duke:  2.55/177 (06), 2.5/170 (05)
Northwestern:  2.63/177 (06), 2.66/172 (05)
Georgetown:  2.66/173 (06), 2.98/173 (05)
Michigan:  3/170 (06), 2.66/172 (05)
Virginia:  2.75/174 (06), 2.75/175 (05)
Cornell:  2.85/171 (06), 3.32/174 (05)

I compiled this info for my own purposes but it is useful in your case.  Also apply to Columbia and Chicago, and most likely all the other ones if you feel like it.

Ironically, Georgia is a worse bet for you than some of these.  It has rarely if ever admitted under 3.0.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How easy/quick to get hired as an LSAT tutor?
« on: December 21, 2007, 08:38:44 PM »
First, I be po'.  $20/hour looks good to me.

I was worried that getting hours would be a huge problem.  I wonder if companies make you sign some kind of agreement that you won't work for one of their competitors at the same time.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How easy/quick to get hired as an LSAT tutor?
« on: December 21, 2007, 07:38:29 PM »
I hope the mechanical bull involves some sort of odd BDSM activity.

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