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Affirmative Action / Re: 3.5/166 AA Female, Advice
« on: December 15, 2010, 12:50:53 PM »
I am AA 3L at a Tier one (top 35). I rank in the top 10% of my class and have a federal judicial clerkship lined up. With your credentials and soft factors, assuming you don't blow your personal statement and have a respectable resume, you are a lock for top-14. Actually, as a URM with those numbers, you stand a chance of getting accepted to Yale, Harvard, Stanford, or Columbia.

But I don't think it is advisable to go to one of these schools. In terms of raw intelligence, you will place in the bottom 25% of the student body. Although law school is a little different than taking a test, I can assure that you will find it daunting to land a spot in the top quarter of your class, let alone the top 10%. As a rule of thumb, I think you should go to a school where you will be above the median LSAT/GPA (espeically LSAT) cutoff. Provided that you work super hard, you will find it much easier to make top 5 or 10%. What you have to appreciate is that top 5 to 10% at a top-35 Tier 1 is more conducive to getting a good job than attending a top-5 and ranking in the top 50%.

Are you willing to travel? There are some Midwestern lawschools that you should look into. Post back if you want more info.

That is truly some of the worst advice I have seen on this board ever and should be summarily disregarded.

OP sure, you could go to a lower ranked school, bust your butt (knowing of course that there's not a perfect correlation between GPA/LSAT, so you won't want to sleep on any of your classmates' intellectual ability), and then cross your fingers about getting a job after law school. Orrrrrr, you could go to a T14 school and have a much easier time getting to the job point. Sure, with this economy it's anything but a sure thing, but you'd have a better chance coming from the top schools. At H, for example, an AA female didn't need to be Top 10%, 25%, or anything else to get a job this year. Even below median had success finding employment. The same can't be said about lower ranked schools.

To the point about LSAT/GPA, there were plenty of people in my section last year who thought they'd be styling on everyone with the curve because of their LSAT/GPA. I came in with a good LSAT (though not really as high as most people at school) and a pretty meh GPA, yet I managed to do decently well first year. Again, don't rely on scores to be predictive of your first year grades.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 15, 2010, 01:30:35 AM »
Holy crap, everyone seems to be going through it this exam period!

MBW, how awful re: your classmate! That is unimaginably heartbreaking.

VB, glad that your brother is doing better although that must be a terrible shock to happen during 1L finals! I mean, that time is already stressful enough. Also, I'm going to be back in your neck of the woods during New Years!

Chuck, I hope your mom feels better soon. I'm sure she's a tough lady and will bounce back better than ever.

Nav, that totally breaks my heart. I don't know, maybe I'm super sappy, but things with pets make me sad. The other day I was looking up rescue animals for adoption (we're talking about getting a dog), and I read some stories about the dogs on the website that just made me cry.

Hugs and good wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy, and SAFE exam and holiday season!


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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 13, 2010, 01:12:23 PM »
I had 5 finals and 3 projects (all of them last week except for one final tomorrow).  I also managed to get strep last week and had a fever of 103 for several days and was so delusional I thought I had ebola and was turning into a zombie.  It was pretty much the worst week of my life.

*But* the good news is that it's over, and I may have secured a cool summer job with minimal effort.  I will keep you all updated!

:(

Glad you feel better though!!! And I can't wait to hear about this potential awesome summer job!

I also am battling something which makes my mood really sour...tempered only by the fact that I created yet another fabulous Pandora station that is getting me through studying.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 11, 2010, 04:44:43 PM »
It's Corps. The only classes that are more of a guaranteed *&^%-storm are Admin Law and Tax. I'm sure you did fine, so don't sweat it. Finals almost over?

Oh, here it's also Antitrust, 14th Amendment (which is a prereq to get into Fed Courts), and of course, Fed Courts.

I haven't started finals yet :(. I rather stupidly picked classes that all have finals, so I actually have four in the next week. So basically, I've got to do better.  :-\ I've learned my lesson for next semester.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 11, 2010, 03:55:29 AM »
[If you're a 1L, don't read this post]

What the hell happened to it all being downhill after 1L?! This afternoon, I sat and wondered if I was going to get a LP or an F in Corporations. It's outrageous. Life feels harder than 1L! How is this possible?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:16:06 PM »
Chuck had some great advice. I would echo his points about making sure you get enough sleep. Also, if you're anything like me, you will feel like your first final was horrible, that you failed, etc. I mean, I went home and cried afterward. But otherwise, I think I kept a normal amount of perspective during exam period just by going to sleep at a reasonable hour. Never underestimate how powerful it is for helping you retain concepts.

I'm taking Corps this semester. God, give me the strength not to LP this *&^%.

Next semester I've got T&E, Con Law, and 2 others that are sure to identify me if I mention them :). Oh, and a clinic! Definitely need to drop one of the classes once the semester starts, so I'm just going to see which sucks the most and get rid of that one.

really?  we're barely on LSD...do you think other people are? :P  Also, I saw on facebook that you are friends with an old coworker of mine who's also at your school!


:D :D :D

Well I told you that when I Googled something, Exile came up. Can never be too careful, ya know :)

Also, I love that you guys were coworkers. Is he how you knew about LSD? Because I totes remember him from his cycle.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:32:45 PM »
Good luck yourself! What is everyone taking this semester? I've got Corporations, Evidence and ConLawII

I'm taking Corps this semester. God, give me the strength not to LP this *&^%.

Next semester I've got T&E, Con Law, and 2 others that are sure to identify me if I mention them :). Oh, and a clinic! Definitely need to drop one of the classes once the semester starts, so I'm just going to see which sucks the most and get rid of that one.

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I'd apply everywhere you want to go.  I think you've got a great shot at any school in the country.  I really liked HLS and would recomended it  ;)  Not to be presumptuous, but HLS BLSA is very active and cool.  I'm white and still attended several of their events :P  I've never really been one for safety-schools or backup plans, but that's me.  Going into the app process I expected my priorities would be UVA-Chicago (tie) > Stanford-Harvard (tie), after more research and visits everywhere I decided on HLS and have been quite happy with that.  I'm pretty sure I'd have been happy at the others as well.  I'd have gotten a better tan at Stanford, graduated with minimal debt from UVA and dunno how life would differ if I'd gone to Chicago.

Re: the bolded: Glad you came!

OP: Here's the LSN profile of a relatively similarly situated posted from 2 cycles ago: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/mightyhim. I personally would just apply to the T14.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: November 24, 2010, 12:56:17 PM »
One of my non-law school friends lives in town, so I'm going to celebrate with him and a law school friend who also isn't making the cross-country trip home for the short weekend. I'd like to think I'll also get work done, but that's probably not true at all.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:51:01 PM »
I did a search for a particular school's named scholarship that was discussed and this came up. Totally odd, but a welcomed trip down memory lane.

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