Well, the moment I have feared has finally come to pass. Let me explain via a brief history. I graduated undergrad magna cum laude. I took the LSAT without studying (I know, very stupid) and scored a 158. Instead of taking it again I decided to just go to school where I could get in (again, not so smart). I am currently a 3L at Suffulk University Law in Boston and desire to pursue a career as a constitutional scholar and hopefully law professor. Considering Suffolk Law is not a top 15 I am very aware that I will need a LL.M. from one of the top schools in order to make myself marketable. So, with my academic history in mind, are Yale and Harvard pretty much out of the question? I do know Professor Akhil Amar of Yale fame and might be able to get a good rec from him. Could this possibly counteract my lack of an Ivy J.D.? Finally, I would prefer to go straight from law school to an LL.M. program, but am willing to work first; would my chances of admission be higher if I worked for a few years and then applied? As far as the schools I am interested in, it seems to me that only the top LL.M. programs would serve the dual purpose of education and upgrading my pedigree, but if I a wrong in this assumption let me know. Thanks for the help and any advice you can throw my way.
Actually, I've talked to a number of professors about this and apparently, the LLM program is not very difficult to get into. They are basically money makers for the school. (yes, even at Harvard).If you're class rank is decent, I don't think you'll have a huge problem, according to my sources.
I have heard the same about Harvard's LL.M. program being a "cash cow." However, Yale actually loses money with their LL.M. program. That could explain why Yale has much higher standards when it come to admittance. Several people, reputable people, have told me that Harvard is more than willing to "sell" you an LL.M. and therefore it is pretty easy to get in. Not sure what is meant by "easy", but if a lot of people think this it doesn't seem like a Harvard LL.M. would open as many doors as other programs.I am also considering applying to some international (outisde of the U.S. for me) programs. Masters programs in international affairs are at the top of my list right now. I am considering LSE (London School of Economics) and King's College in London. I know this is a "law school" discussion baord, but does anyone have any knowledge of these programs? Thanks again guys.