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decisions, decisions

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decisions, decisions
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:51:40 PM »
hello everyone,
this is my first post here so bare with me until i figure some things out..
i have a question for those of you who have already completed their applications. how did you narrow down your choices. i have my top-schools (and most of my middle-choices) picked out but i do not know how to chose my 'safe-schools'. is there a secret method i've been missing or do i just have to trust my guts? any advice would help....

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Re: decisions, decisions
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2007, 08:37:02 AM »
Safety schools are where you're above or at the 75th percentile for both LSAT and GPA.

I picked Duke as a safety because virtually no one gets rejected off the PT.  I was safe.

This isn't neccessarily true, no offense Wallace. My safeties (Lewis & Clark, Temple) both put me in the 75th% + of LSAT but just around the median (maybe even below it) for GPA. Considering that I just got accepted at William & Mary, I figure the acceptances to those schools can't be far off.

The method I used to deduce my safeties was going to the LSAC GPA/LSAT calculator, plugging in my numbers, and finding what schools were at the top of the "99%" admissions chance. For me that started right around the T1/T2 breaking point, so I just picked a couple of higher ranked T2 schools that were in geographically appealing places.

Since I'm applying to 7 other schools, I may not have even bothered with safeties except that my splitter numbers throw off my predictability a bit.

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Re: decisions, decisions
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2007, 09:15:01 AM »
For choosing a safety, there are a few things I would do beyond the suggestions above about your possibility of admission:

1) Would you actually attend the safety if it was the only place you were accepted?
2) Pick a safety in a geographic area you would be happy to work in, because safety schools are often stronger in local or regional markets.
3) If you most definitely want to go to law school next fall, apply to a few safeties. If going to a higher-ranked school is paramount, then don't apply to safeties, and if you don't get accepted anywhere, buff up your stats and try, try again.

Cheers.

Re: decisions, decisions
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2007, 08:26:23 PM »
hello everyone,
this is my first post here so bare with me until i figure some things out..
i have a question for those of you who have already completed their applications. how did you narrow down your choices. i have my top-schools (and most of my middle-choices) picked out but i do not know how to chose my 'safe-schools'. is there a secret method i've been missing or do i just have to trust my guts? any advice would help....

Best bet:

What region do you want to be in? If you can't get into your better schools, lower level schools really only place well regionally.