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I wouldn't worry too much. I know many attorneys that attended UofH, STCL, SMU, etc., and now work in Austin.
Look at Baker, Botts. They hire from all those schools.

By the way, I think if you could get that LSAT up to about a 170, you might have a chance at UT in-state.

I didn't get in there this semester (2.75, 162), but I don't think my scores were near acceptable for them. So I moving out of state. I can't imagine living in any other city in Texas.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: USF, GGU, transferring
« on: March 06, 2004, 06:07:33 AM »
I felt the same way when i got rejected at my hometown school (Texas).
Now I'm just going to attend the school that offers me the biggest aid package and try to get my JD with as little debt as possible. It's still a risk, but I have a feeling things will work out in the end.
Good luck with you decision and I hope you feel better. Remember there was 80000 applicants for 35000 seats nationwide, so the fact that you got accepted anywhere is an accomplishment.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: USF, GGU, transferring
« on: March 05, 2004, 04:41:58 PM »
Where else have you applied? Where are you going to go?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: USF, GGU, transferring
« on: March 05, 2004, 06:10:29 AM »
I might consider the part-time program also. I also applied to golden gate, and if they give me a big aid package, I might go there and try to transfer. Who knows.
Everyone I talk to says this has been a tough year. Someone told me that there was 80,000 applicants for 35,000 total spots at all the ABA law schools in the country. So I guess getting in anywhere is an accomplishment.
I was accepted in NYC also, so i might head out east.

Just wanted to let you all know some more advice I received today.
Talked with a director of Legal Aid, and he told me, unless you're going to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, go to school in a region you want to practice in and where the debt load will be the lowest. If you're interested in BigLaw, this may not be the best advice, but if you're interested in Legal Services, keep the debt as low as possible.
Mentioned a quote from a Constitutional Scholar that taught at UT Austin, when asked why he didn't teach at Yale or Harvard where they where coveting him. He said, "You make your own prestige".
Thought that was good advice for those of us not going to the top schools.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn Law
« on: March 03, 2004, 11:21:35 AM »
Waitlisted 3/3. LSDAS GPA 2.75/162

Thanks for the input.

I've been accepted to some third tier schools with decent money offered. I'm still waiting to hear from some 2nd tier schools and I've been waitlisted at one.

I think I'm in the same position many people are. I read these boards and it seems that people are rather pessimistic about job prospects coming out of third and fourth tier schools. I am interested in Legal Services right now, and you're correct that may change. I also don't want to straddle my wife and I with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt attending a second tier school. It's just a tough decision, but I want to be a lawyer, so I better decide.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: waitlist frustration thread
« on: March 01, 2004, 03:18:31 PM »
Where are you waitlisted?

Need some guidance here.
Some people say to attend the highest ranked school that accepts you because the higher rank will afford you more opportunities in 3 years.
What if you don't want to go BIGLAW though? What if you want to work in public interest. If a lower ranked school offers you a ton of money to attend their school, wouldn't it be in your favor to take the money, given that your starting salary will be rather low (i.e. you won't have to pay back a huge amount of loans)?
Also, can't you *try* to do very well and then get a LLM from a higher ranked school?

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