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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law Schools Placing Well in DC
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:13:01 PM »
Consider Vandy and Emory. Also, depending on your numbers, G-town PT might be an option, as may Boalt. Good luck.

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It's unfortunate that you had a bad experience, but you have to learn to see it in a positive light. Very quickly if you're doing 2L OCI this fall. And even if you aren't, your 1L experience is a spring board to other employment, so even if it wasn't a positive one, you have to learn to spin it, to identify some positive aspects of the experience which you will share with your interviewers. I don't care what you did, there are always, always transferrable skills that you picked up and that you can apply in your next job. I know it's frustrating when things don't work out the way you expected and those responsible for your professional development don't invest the time or don't have the pedagogical skills to provide you with meaningful work, but you have to, you absolutely must spin this!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 159 Lsat, 3.9 GPA-Florida Schools
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:05:29 PM »
It's really not a bad deal if you're in-state. ARe you?

I am in state (thankfully) so it's an incredible deal on tuition. My undergrad was paid for by Florida Bright Futures so I have no debt. I know I won't be able to keep it that way with law school but every little bit helps. I'm not looking for a free ride or anything, even if I retest I know I won't score well enough for that. But any money is better than nothing!

On another note, I am UG at Florida so if they waitlisted me, I think my reaction would be "screw you." I am proud to be a gator, but Florida has a big ego. I would probably be annoyed, not for any rational reason... just out of spite.

That was pretty much my reaction. I think they did it because I did undergrad at UT.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Nashville- Vandy a surefire bet?
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:04:11 PM »
I am basing my assumptions on LSN numbers... people with my stats and non-URMS are getting between 75k-90k at Vandy and 35k-50k from Duke.  Assumptions are all I have to go by at this point, although I will probably be eligible for quite a bit of need-based merit.

Well then either school would be a good deal. Scratch comment above re: scholarships, but the rest of my advice holds. If you think you might change your mind about Nashville (what makes you want to be there as opposed to any other Southern city anyway?), you should strongly consider Duke.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Nashville- Vandy a surefire bet?
« on: August 01, 2008, 12:22:16 PM »
Vandy, but I wouldn't count on getting scholarships out of Duke with your numbers unless you are a URM. And while Vandy might throw in something to sweeten the pot, I certainly wouldn't count on it. As the poster above said, apply, see if you get in, see what you are offered and then weigh your options. Either school will get you a job in Nashville without much trouble, so at least IMO loans should be a bigger concern. If there's any chance you will change your mind about working in Nashville, go to Duke.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 159 Lsat, 3.9 GPA-Florida Schools
« on: August 01, 2008, 12:16:58 PM »
What are my chances? I am mostly concerned about UF and FSU. I am an undergrad at UF and FSU is my first choice for law. I was pretty disappointed with my LSAT score and am probably going to retake in October, but is that a really a good idea? At first I thought I was ok with taking it again but as time goes by, I am losing interest in a retake.
Also, technically I am URM (African American Father, Caucasian mother) but I chose to classify myself as "other" with LSAC because I don't identify myself as just AA. I am guessing that they will not assume I am URM because I put "other." However, I am thinking about talking a little bit about it in my PS because it has affected my life. 

You will be fine. I had similar numbers, am a white female, and got into FSU, UM with $, Stetson with $ and Florida waitlisted me (I withdrew after I got into better schools).

Thanks for the hope :-) I'm hoping to get some money out of FSU....thus me contemplating the retake. It's already cheap, so no money wouldn't keep me away but the less loans the better.

It's really not a bad deal if you're in-state. ARe you?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 159 Lsat, 3.9 GPA-Florida Schools
« on: August 01, 2008, 11:29:51 AM »
What are my chances? I am mostly concerned about UF and FSU. I am an undergrad at UF and FSU is my first choice for law. I was pretty disappointed with my LSAT score and am probably going to retake in October, but is that a really a good idea? At first I thought I was ok with taking it again but as time goes by, I am losing interest in a retake.
Also, technically I am URM (African American Father, Caucasian mother) but I chose to classify myself as "other" with LSAC because I don't identify myself as just AA. I am guessing that they will not assume I am URM because I put "other." However, I am thinking about talking a little bit about it in my PS because it has affected my life. 

You will be fine. I had similar numbers, am a white female, and got into FSU, UM with $, Stetson with $ and Florida waitlisted me (I withdrew after I got into better schools).

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Black Law Students / Re: Memoirs of a Bar Examinee
« on: July 31, 2008, 08:52:26 AM »
I LOVED my Evidence class. Easily my fave subject in law school.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Chances of law school with Misdemeanors
« on: July 31, 2008, 05:11:14 AM »
Yeah, C&F is definitely a bigger issue than law school admission here. It would suck to invest all that time and money and not be able to get admitted anywhere.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt admissions
« on: July 31, 2008, 04:56:10 AM »
They're looking for a person and a story -- something unique. They value diversity of perspective and experience.

A 3.8 is about average for Boalt. I'd be more worried about the personal statement than your numbers, though. You're in good shape on the numbers, but whether you get in will depend on the story you tell.

If you want a job in Chicago, you'll get one, though I suspect by the time you graduate you'll change your mind and stay in the Bay Area. Most people do.

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