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I played football at the University of Illinois and a short stint with the New Orleans Saints, after football I started my own bar business, ran it for 2 years and recently sold it. I scored a 168 on the June 09 LSAT, my undergrad GPA was 2.45. I realize my undergrad GPA leaves a lot to be desired but I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts on my chances to the following schools:

Georgetown
Northwestern
Notre Dame
Indiana, Indianapolis
Loyola, Chicago
Depaul
Chicago Kent
John Marshall Chicago

Thank You in advance!!

I would guess:

In at JM with a full ride
In at Depaul, kent, and loyola with scholarship
In at notre and indy, maybe waitlisted?
waitlisted at GULC.

Not sure about NU because they love work experience.  My gut says if you wrote your personal statement about what you learned starting your own business and wrote an addendum to explain that football kept you busy, that you would get in.  Apply and see what happens.  good luck.

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Transferring / Re: Chances at CLS or Penn?
« on: July 08, 2009, 11:13:26 PM »
So far I've gotten into BC, GW, and UCLA. Do I have a shot at CLS or Penn? I haven't applied yet, but I figured I might drop an application to both schools because what's another $160 in the grand scheme of things.




doit.

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Great, thanks.  I've been considering approaching my profs for letters of rec at the end of this term, but wasn't sure of the etiquette.  I actively participate, and will probably have met with each prof 4-5 times at a minimum at the end of this term (along with emailing them more than they probably like)...from your experience then, that's adequate to respectfully request a letter of recommendation if I perform decently in their class?

Hell yes.

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Sam, did you do any extracurriculars with these professors, or did you get the letter based soley on your in-class performance?

I went to office hours probably 4 times during the semester, went to ever class, and tried to participate once in a while.  I wasn't a research assistant or anything like that.

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I was at a T4 last year and I am going to GULC next year.  In my experience, the two professors I asked for LOR's were very nice and did not try to talk me out of transferring or alert the administration.  In fact, my legal writing prof. wrote me a 4 page LOR, which I think played a large role in my acceptance.  They understand the opportunities are better at a T1 school than at a T4 school.

If you can get out, get out.

good luck.

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General Board / Grammar Question
« on: July 01, 2009, 11:31:49 AM »
Never mind.

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Transferring / Northwestern Anyone?
« on: June 30, 2009, 05:03:54 PM »
Anyone apply to Northwestern?  I suuuure did...I think we are supposed to hear by July 15th.

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General Board / Re: Best 1L Prep Book?
« on: June 24, 2009, 01:39:37 AM »
What do you think is (are) the best law school prep book(s)?

I thought it would be interesting to get everyone's take. Hopefully this thread will be of help to many future law students, including myself.

A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius worked fine for me.  But read it twice.

Relax! you will be doing plenty of law school reading next semester.  I think I read something like 3,000 pages of cases and wrote 250 pages of memos/briefs last year.

My advice is enjoy what is left of your summer.

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2L job search / Re: Tell me what firms to bid on
« on: June 22, 2009, 09:01:23 PM »
Looking at NYC, coming from a T10 school with a slightly above median GPA (significant improvement second semester), probably an above-average interviewer.  Thinking litigation.  I get 25 bids.

So far:
Paul Weiss
Weil Gotshal

Cleary, Skadden, Latham, Ropes & Gray.  Actually, I'll post mine:

1.   Skadden Arps
2.   Baker & McKenzie
3.   Sidley Austin
4.   Kirkland & Ellis
5.   Mayer Brown
6.   Ropes Gray
7.   DLA Piper
8.   Winston & Strawn
9.   McDermott Will & Emery
10.   Cleary Gottlieb
11.   Vedder Price
12.   Latham & Watkins
13.   Foley
14.   Jones Day
15.   Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
16.   Quarles & Brady
17.   Reed Smith
18.   Davis Polk & Wardwell

That's what I have so far.  I am focusing on Chicago, most, if not all of these have offices in NYC.  About litigation, look at the vault ranking for litigation.  I don't have that list in front of me.  good luck, I have a feeling this fall OCI is going to be a bloodbath.

cheers.

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General Board / Re: Favorite law blogs
« on: June 22, 2009, 10:31:08 AM »
I'm assuming this is the one millionth incarnation of this thread, but I was curious as to what some people's favorites were.

Abovethelaw.com has to be first.

I also like WSJ's law blog.  And Bob Loblaw's Law Blog.

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