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 on: March 26, 2014, 08:17:57 PM 
Started by Meghankb - Last post by Meghankb
So I'm trying to decide between temple and Cardozo. I have instate tuition at temple and they also gave me a $10,000 scholarship. Cardozo gave me a $28,000 scholarship but will still be much more expensive than temple (my tuition at temple will be 9,000 a year). The thing is I really want to practice law in NYC. Any advice or opinions that anyone has would be extremely appreciated, I have no idea what to do. I got a 160 on the LSAT and have a 3.6 GPA.


Accepted: St John's Brooklyn Cardozo Temple Villanova Pitt American Catholic Univ. Of South Carolina
Waitlisted: Fordham
Haven't heard: GW

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 on: March 26, 2014, 07:44:24 PM 
Started by jman12 - Last post by jman12
My LSDA gpa is extremely low: 1.80 and my LSAT is 147. I have a few more classes to add onto my transcript but that may only bring it up to a 2.0. I am applied for one school and got rejected. I am afraid to apply to other ABA schools because of my low gpa. I am considering to apply to a CBE school because I contacted a school and they say they look at my undergrad GPA (2.3) rather than using the LSDA calculated gpa. Or should I wait another year to retake my LSAT? However, I feel with my low gpa I would need at least 160+ to even get into a tier 4 school. Any suggestions or advice?

 93 
 on: March 26, 2014, 05:13:51 PM 
Started by ItsTribbey - Last post by ItsTribbey
162 LSAT; 3.05 GPA (I was in a touring band in college, and that kind of took up a lot of time...)

I've been accepted to Stetson (with $23,000 a year and a 2.25 GPA stip through 2nd semester), FSU (sticker price), UM, Barry, and should hear from UF today or tomorrow....

Right now I'm caught between FSU at sticker and Stetson - what do you think?

 94 
 on: March 26, 2014, 10:20:41 AM 
Started by zanardin - Last post by zanardin
Hi, so I have heard back from all schools as well as scholarship information, and I am having a hard time deciding..

Background: I want to practice public interest law, eventually in California (where I am from) or the west coast. I will be taking out loans to cover tuition not covered by scholarships. My main concern for choosing a school is obviously employment opportunities and LRAP and other public interest funding.

I am deciding between:

University of Washington: this was my top choice, but only received $10k/year in merit aid (tuition is $43k) emailed and asked for more aid, was told none would be available until maybe** after the deposit deadline

UC Davis: received $25k a year in merit aid (tuition is $47k), a little hesitant about living in a rural area, but in California so good for jobs

Boston College: received $22k/year in aid (tuition is $45k a year). I live in Boston now and went to BC for undergrad, it has a lot of programs I am interested in, but I am worried about trying to find a job on the west coast

Fordham: received $15k a year in merit aid, tuition is $48 k a year, emailed and asked for more money, have not hear back. I have lived in NYC and love it there, a lot of great PI law opportunities, but the school's employment rates are not great and again, worried about jobs on the west coast.

Any input on these schools and advice would be great!

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 on: March 25, 2014, 12:37:29 AM 
Started by Bobbytermechi - Last post by Miami88
Yikes... well, thats a difference. I honestly have no idea... I would defer to the judgement of others on this one.

Thats said, if I were forced to pick one or the other just on these facts, I would probably go with UMinn. But I may be wrong.

Good luck!

 96 
 on: March 24, 2014, 09:39:09 PM 
Started by Bobbytermechi - Last post by Bobbytermechi
I would appreciate any advice to help me decide between these two options....

1.  University of Minnesota Law School (Ranked #20) with a 40% scholarship
2.  California Western School of Law (Not Ranked) with a 90% scholarship

I plan to practice in Los Angeles and open my own firm as soon as possible.  I am not sure what type of law I would like to practice.

 97 
 on: March 23, 2014, 11:53:25 PM 
Started by dreday92 - Last post by Citylaw
Maybe, but take the LSAT again and see what you come away with.

Also do not get to obsessed with the rankings remember U.S. News is nothing more than a for-profit, unregulated, magazine offering an opinion. The top 100 schools change every year based on absolutely nothing and more importantly nobody cares whether the law school you attend is 84th or 112th. If you attend Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc it will make a difference. Nobody however, cares whether Gonzaga is ranked higher than Florida International.

Gonzaga will open more doors on the west coast specifically Washington while Florida International well open more doors on the east coast specifically Miami. If you want to live in Florida after graduation attend Florida International. If you want to live in Washington after graduation go to Gonzaga. The ranking will mean nothing.

With a 3.4 and URM status you can likely get into a few ABA schools, but if your getting a 145 on the LSAT you way want to consider whether law school is right for you. Remember you will need to take the Bar Exam upon graduation, which is a far more difficult and strenuous standardized test than the LSAT.  Plenty of people with sub 145 LSAT scores have gone on to pass the bar exam, but if standardized tests are difficult for you might want to evaluate law school. Law school and the bar exam is nothing, but standardized tests.

I want to conclude by saying it takes a lot of courage to take the LSAT I do not know how many people I have met who say they plan on taking the LSAT, but never get around to it. Putting yourself out there is something you should be proud of whether law school works out or not, and I encourage you to retake the LSAT again to prove to yourself law school is the right fit and more importantly open more law school doors.

Good luck!




 98 
 on: March 23, 2014, 12:34:30 PM 
Started by Maurice 1973 - Last post by Maurice 1973
How Minorities Can Succeed in Law School at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2322486.

 99 
 on: March 22, 2014, 05:06:21 PM 
Started by dreday92 - Last post by Citylaw
Will first thing you need is to setup an LSAC account, but I imagine you did that if you took the LSAT.

The only documents you will actually need to apply to law school are (1) Official undergrad transcripts; (2) LSAT score; (3) Letters of Recommendation; (4) Personal Statement; (5) Some schools require additional essays. Here is the future JD students LSAC link. http://www.lsac.org/jd

For financial aid purposes fill out FAFSA for the year you will be attending and use all the schools you are applying to. http://www.fafsa-application.com/preparer.php/?s=GOOGLE&gclid=COaN4JWEp70CFcRefgodrDcAjw

One other thing that is useful for law school applicants is to attend or at the very least register for LSAC forums. This year they are going to Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Houston, L.A, Miami, New York, D.C. and Toronto. Here is the link for the forums http://www.lsac.org/jd/choosing-a-law-school/forums-and-other-events . Even if you just register with your LSAC number for these forums you will get numerous recruitment e-mails and application fee waivers from law schools around the country. If you can atten more fee waivers will come in particularly if you just sign your LSAC number into booths. When I was a 0L I think I literally signed in at every booth from Harvard to Cooley and got 125 law school fee waivers. Still a $12 processing fee to apply, but it saved me thousands on applications.

I applied to a number of schools and was accepted at many with scholarships and used that to negotiate with a number of schools. In then end I got a 75% scholarship from the law school I attended and graduated from. There are a lot of ways to make the system work for you, but it just takes a little effort.

I still paid $50,000+ for law school and I hate paying tuition for anything, but still better than $150,000.

This board has some great posters on it so continue to post on the process and many people will be eager to help you with the process.

Good luck in your pursuit of a legal education it can be a very rewarding career.
   
 
   
   

 100 
 on: March 21, 2014, 04:55:58 PM 
Started by paperclips - Last post by mike001
No brainer. RETAKE.

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