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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Clerkship Chances
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:50:15 PM »
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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Howard.

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Hello! I'm also new here and not entirely sure how it works but here goes:

I'm really interested in applying to Michigan, Virginia, Texas, and UPenn in the upcoming cycle.
Any opinions on my chances, and realistic chances for scholarships, would be much appreciated :) Just trying to figure this out:

About me:
AA female, 3.96 from an HYP Ivy, 167 LSAT. Out of school for 3 years so far doing policy and child advocacy work and teaching. Strong softs (I think!), as they say. I'm really interested in child advocacy and special education law.

Realistic assessment of my chances would be so very helpful. And if you think I would need to retake LSAT to have a shot at scholarships.
Thanks!
PS. This is an awesome thread. Thanks for keeping it going :)

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.

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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.

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AA female.
GPA: 3.55-3.60 range (from an ivy)
LSAT: 163
pretty decent softs - published in academic journal and a few other places, etc.

I'm going to retake in October, and hopefully I'll crack 170, but for now, just wanted to know where I should consider applying.

Thanks!

I'd target the middle to lower t14.  Reach above that and add in safeties.

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::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.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Clerkship chances
« on: April 09, 2011, 09:27:34 AM »
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).

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Man!

Looking at it now, its hard to believe this site used to be legendary!  There used to be at least 100 comments EACH DAY on the BLSD board alone.  Today, it doens't even look like there have been 100 comments over the last year. 

It seems like the recent classes of law school applicants are less concerned with general conversation with other fellow applicants and are more concerned with lawschool numbers.  (???)


Can ya'll please come back?  :'(  :'(  :'(

I miss the LSD days especially BLSD. No where else compares.

Thanks to the few remaining old heads that still take the time to pop in ever so often, but on the real, BLSD was the greatest.  :(

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).

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(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.

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Apply to the top 6.

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:)  lol we should have a reunion (online, of course).

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