I think you have a very good shot. But the clerkship application process is a very random and opaque experience. Apply broadly and to both circuit and district court judges. Good luck!
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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread« on: June 30, 2011, 07:16:53 AM »
Hello! I'm also new here and not entirely sure how it works but here goes:
I think you have a very good chance at all of those, and probably money from a few. If I were you, I'd apply to all of the t14. Yale and Stanford will be a reach, but you never know.
Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread« on: June 30, 2011, 07:14:39 AM »
I've been lurking for the longest, registered with a new username (because the old one was dumb), and am back. I'm super depressed - just got my LSAT score and scored well below (5+ points) below my PT average, but I could use some feedback now as to where I should apply.
I'd target the middle to lower t14. Reach above that and add in safeties.
Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread« on: May 15, 2011, 07:09:24 PM »
::dusts off prognostication hat::
H, perhaps. S is less likely, though it depends on how "+" you are. Y is a GPA whore, so I'd say probably not, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't apply.
I think you should apply broadly. Since you have a class rank, I'm assuming you don't go to Yale. In my experience, though this has probably changed since I was applying in the fall of 2007, it was fairly easy for URMs on the Journal to get clerkships as long as they applied broadly. I imagine the same would hold true for H and S. Of course, times have changed since then, but I still think you can probably find a good clerkship if you apply broadly. If not, work for a year or two and try again (and let judges know in your cover letter that you're willing to be considered a year out as well).
Lol yeah, I once downloaded a plug-in to automatically refresh BLSD every few minutes...and each time, there would be something new, likely in the general thread or the thread on politics. But alas...life goes on. I'm more obsessed now with investments (index funds, people...and max out that 401(k) and Roth IRA (using the traditional IRA loophole)), tax breaks (thank you, Republicans and President Obama!), and planning my next vacation (Russia was fun) . I don't even feel qualified to play the "what are my chances" game anymore. Sads. (Though I do feel amply qualified to advise current and future law students to minimize loans...$100k, much less $200k, isn't worth it for most people...and that four-digit monthly payment blows).
(please do not say John Marshall)
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it and similar schools are probably your only hope. You need to do much better on the LSAT (think 160s to counterbalance that GPA (no one really cares about degree granting)) to get into a school like Emory or UGA.
lol we should have a reunion (online, of course).