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Law School Applications / Re: 149, 2.5
« on: January 04, 2010, 01:55:44 PM »
Hi,

I just got my december lsat score.. 149, 2.5 and 3.0+ in all Political Science major courses.. also a minor in human rights. I have years of experience in nonprofit,activism, and political campaigns as well as a rising gpa trend. Great extracurricular experience and LORs.. everything is pretty good minus the gpa. I'm not looking to go to a top school (obviously), and im not interested in big law or anything corporate... small firm or public interest focused is preferred for after graduation.

Thus far, I've applied to barry, hamline pt, and cooley pt. I'm in Florida and plan on doing St Thomas and FAMU as well. I'm looking for other schools to apply to- open to all areas except the deep south.

I've viewed this site before, and please only responses suggesting schools to apply to please. I am aware of my average lsat score and subpar gpa, and yes I still plan to be a lawyer.

JDguy86 - in addition to using lsat/gpa calculators, I strongly encourage you to do what I said.  Law school calculators are incomplete indicators of your chances. They may also lead you to believe that your chances are lower than they actually are, which may persuade you not to apply to a law school that you actually should apply to. USNews records the admissions statistics of all law schools in their ranking and indicates where they are located.  If you want to practice in a certain state, for example, you can quickly scroll down the list to see what schools are located where you want to work and quickly narrow your options.  You don't have to buy the magazine - there is likely one in your local library.

Or you could just go to LSAC's site and see the data for yourself...

usnews provides the quickest snapshot of almost everything you need to know on one page. 

Something strikes me as remarkably lazy and dangerous about this approach. Deciding on a law school is not like deciding on which restaurant to go eat at or which movie to go see. You're deciding on where to go spend three years of your life, thousands of your dollars, and setting yourself up for the rest of your professional life. Quick, sloppy, editorialized snapshots generated to sale magazines are a poor tool to rely on for such decisions. And haphazardly disregarding the vast majority of law schools based upon said snapshot is a recipe for disappointment and failure.

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In that case, I'd just shotgun the T14 and apply to a few safety schools. I also wouldn't waste ED on Georgetown, save it for the school you really want. You should be able to get into their PT program with that LSAT, ED would just handcuff you to them.

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You can go almost anywhere. Most places will gladly eat your GPA for your LSAT and many will probably throw you some cash.

Interested in any particular state or region?

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Minority Topics / Re: 2.9 GPA/156 LSAT Mexican American Female
« on: January 02, 2010, 11:00:14 AM »
Florida and SMU aren't going to happen, but the rest are all doable.

Is there any particular part of the country you want to end up in?

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I am not certain where you reside however I was under the impression that non-felony convictions were removed after 10 years of appropriate conduct. Am I wrong?

You still have to disclose them to your school and state bar in most cases.

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Law School Applications / Re: 149, 2.5
« on: January 02, 2010, 05:44:42 AM »
Hi,

I just got my december lsat score.. 149, 2.5 and 3.0+ in all Political Science major courses.. also a minor in human rights. I have years of experience in nonprofit,activism, and political campaigns as well as a rising gpa trend. Great extracurricular experience and LORs.. everything is pretty good minus the gpa. I'm not looking to go to a top school (obviously), and im not interested in big law or anything corporate... small firm or public interest focused is preferred for after graduation.

Thus far, I've applied to barry, hamline pt, and cooley pt. I'm in Florida and plan on doing St Thomas and FAMU as well. I'm looking for other schools to apply to- open to all areas except the deep south.

I've viewed this site before, and please only responses suggesting schools to apply to please. I am aware of my average lsat score and subpar gpa, and yes I still plan to be a lawyer.

JDguy86 - in addition to using lsat/gpa calculators, I strongly encourage you to do what I said.  Law school calculators are incomplete indicators of your chances. They may also lead you to believe that your chances are lower than they actually are, which may persuade you not to apply to a law school that you actually should apply to. USNews records the admissions statistics of all law schools in their ranking and indicates where they are located.  If you want to practice in a certain state, for example, you can quickly scroll down the list to see what schools are located where you want to work and quickly narrow your options.  You don't have to buy the magazine - there is likely one in your local library.

Or you could just go to LSAC's site and see the data for yourself...

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Law School Applications / Re: 3.67 / 169 which california schools?
« on: January 02, 2010, 05:17:05 AM »
Stanford, UCLA, and USC are the only schools you should apply to, anything else is a waste of money.

Apply now.

Apply to Berkeley too.

Word, overlooked Berkeley. Stupid states with 20 ABA schools. :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How do I get out of ED
« on: December 30, 2009, 06:12:14 PM »

As for legitimacy and quality of advice, I've been through the process, you've trolled the message boards. I have done the things you've only read about. Hopefully you can join the ranks soon, but for now, you're just a guy that's read some stuff.


This really made me LoL.  There are many, many top admissions consultants who never applied to law school. Filling out a few forms means nothing.

Admissions consultants are generally frauds and hacks in my opinion.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How do I get out of ED
« on: December 30, 2009, 06:11:35 PM »
So tell me how you can be so certain that there would be a "great chance" Duke would call Harvard and narc on the OP? Have you worked in Duke's admissions office? I don't know that they wouldn't, but you don't know that they would.

I don't think Duke can call Harvard

I'm almost positive that they do and that schools regularly are in contact with each other.

Based upon... ?

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Law School Applications / Re: 3.67 / 169 which california schools?
« on: December 30, 2009, 06:01:19 PM »
Stanford, UCLA, and USC [and Berkeley]* are the only schools you should apply to, anything else is a waste of money.

Apply now.

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