I don't think they will turn down a qualified candidate solely because he/she did not interviw, but I do believe having a good interview will GREATLY improve your chances.
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« on: January 24, 2008, 07:26:11 AM »
Agreed with the retake. Unfortunately, if you're a URM, you'd be packing your bags for Harvard or Yale with your LSAT and GPA.
In an unrelated note, do the interview. Otherwise, there is virtually no chance of you being admitted.
I got Ann Ivey's book on how to get into a top school (can't remember the title of the book at this moment). She used to be the Dean of Admissions at UofChicago where they offer selective interviews (unlike NU where interviews are encouraged for everyone).
In the Interview section of the book, Ann flat out said at these two schools, if you don't interview (or in UofC's case, when an interview is offered), you pretty much stand no chance. The refusal to turn down a "strongly encouraged" interview shows that the candidate has little interest in the school. This is not to say that you ABSOLUTELY cannot get in without an interview, but it is highly unlikely.
« on: January 23, 2008, 10:20:02 AM »
However, it may be important to point out that rankings are extremely important in academia.
Therefore if you don't have personal reason to be in Chicago, Harvard or Yale may actually be your best chices.
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:17:00 PM »
OP, UofC has the stronger reputation in academia and clerkships, this is partially due to NU's emphasis on WE and also the top-notch clinic programs generally attract the more "hands-on" crowd. This, of course, is not to say that NU is not a suitable environment for aspiring academics.
However, if you are convinced to go in academia, UofC is probably the better choice. Career prospects outside of academia is about equal with the two schools.
Law School Applications / Re: URGENT WHAT LAW SCHOOLS ARE FOR ME 2.5 GPA / 140 LSAT SCORE HELP NEED ACCEPT« on: January 20, 2008, 09:23:28 PM »
Maybe you can take over for Judge Judy when she retires. Or maybe the People's Court.
I don't believe you need a law degree for that though...
Law School Applications / Re: URGENT WHAT LAW SCHOOLS ARE FOR ME 2.5 GPA / 140 LSAT SCORE HELP NEED ACCEPT« on: January 20, 2008, 08:25:44 PM »
I hope someone with a 2.5 GPA and 140 LSAT is not serious about going to law school!
In all seriousness, even if you manage to get a law degree and pass the bar (while taking a massive debt), you will still have to fight for a public defender job that pays about $40K a year. How would this make financial sense to anyone, I do not know.
This may sound extremely harsh, but the OP should seriously reconsider the law school decision. The law market is already over-saturated, you shouldn't jump in just because everyone else is doing so.
« on: January 19, 2008, 10:40:07 PM »
Self-selection. People at those schools generally choose to stay in their area. Duke and Mich grads are more likely to move around because they aren't in a major market.
Exactly! The difference between T14 and regional schools are the T14 graduates can leave IF they choose to.
« on: January 18, 2008, 03:32:24 PM »
i could be wrong but it sounds like those of us who are not going to T6+ schools are pretty much screwed.
I agree, but that's the way of life sometimes. If you take a look at SEO's partner law firm, all of them are somewhere in Vault's top 100 law firms.
Positions in these firms are extremely competitive. Therefore, jobs are usually filled by top law school graduates (not just summer internships, but it applies to summer associates and full-time associates too).