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Current Law Students / Strange Transferring Question
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:32:53 PM »
I have a rather strange transferring question. 

Right now I'm at competitive law school (ranked around 30 in the country).  In college I studied extremely hard, and graduated phi beta kappa.  I took a year off to study for the lsat, and again worked extremely hard for the test.  My problem is that I've always had to work very very hard to do well (I have rather slow processing speed).  I always could keep a competitive edge on the people around me by working harder than others.  However, I'm finding that where I am a lot of really gifted people are also working their tails off.  As a result, I feel behind the pack..almost like I can't compete on the same playing field as them.  In the back of my mind I wonder whether I should have opted to go to a less competitive law school, and am thinking about possibly going to a T3 school close to home. 

What do you think?  I understand I would be really regressing, but I'm not interested in going into a law firm (or even perhaps practicing law at all).  On the flip side, I've met some really nice people at my current school, I'm just really intimidated by them.  For example, all of my professors use the socratic method, and during this entire semester I can count on one hand how many times my classmates have given stupid answers to questions!  It's unbelievable, I feel like I go to school with a group of robots.  Friendly robots, but very competitive, and ultra-smart robots. 

I should also indicate that my situation is rather unique in that I don't have any financial pressure.  My father, who pays the bills, is telling me to try to relax by realizing that I'm not really competing with the people around me.  This is true to the extent that I don't want many of the things they want - a firm job.  I would be happy doing almost anything after law school that pays moderately and is intellectually stimulating.  So, do you think I should stay?  Thanks for your feedback     

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ohio State
« on: March 20, 2008, 01:06:23 AM »
I find one statistic very curious about OSU.  A number of sources list its average starting private sector salary at $60,000.  This seems extremely low.  For example, Wisconsin, which has the same ranking as OSU, has an average starting private sector salary at $102,000.  Also, $60,000 implies that for everyone making $100,000 there's someone making $20,000.  How is this possible?  Any thoughts?

Hi everyone, I've applied mostly to decent midwestern schools (like Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio State, Case Western), and wonder now if graduating from one of these schools would allow me to start working at a government agency after law school.  I understand that these are regarded as rather "regional" schools, so does that eliminate options in D.C.?  Thanks for your thoughts

Hi everyone, I have three quick questions:

1.  If my file went complete in mid January, and I haven't received any rejections yet, does that mean that all schools will READ through my file (instead of just quickly glancing at numbers and quickly making a decision)? 

2.  Does this delay imply that they all consider me potentially eligible? (in the ballpark)

3.  When is the deadline for schools to give us a decision?  April 15th?

My file was complete in mid January.  I am a 160/3.7, with solid soft factors (sorry for the pun).  Wisconsin says their average is 161/3.4.  What do you think?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 160-164 Thread (give or take)
« on: March 06, 2008, 12:12:59 PM »
Thanks for your thoughts guys, I would be happy to get into any of these "pending" schools

I also have not heard from most of my schools, but I'm particuarly surprised that I have not heard from Wisconsin - Madison because their application deadline has long since passed - it was february 1st.  Do you think its strange that I have not heard anything from them?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 160-164 Thread (give or take)
« on: March 05, 2008, 11:24:23 PM »
Hi guys, I was hoping that someone could make some predictions regarding my chances at various schools.  Here are my stats: 160 LSAT / 3.7 GPA (from a small East Coast liberal arts school called Skidmore College).  I also wrote a very solid PS, a short essay about overcoming a major obstacle during college (my mother died during my sophmore year in college), and my recommendations (which I have read) are very inspirational.  Here's where I stand:

Accepted: Miami Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Depaul University, Michigan State University

Pending:  Boston University, Boston College, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Madision, Ohio State University, Indiana University - Bloomington, and Case Western Reserve University.

Do you think I will get into any of these "pending" schools?  Thanks for your time

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