Thanks, I definitely do not think I am entitled to a top school. I just think that my Master's will look FAVORABLY. By definition, law schools are interested in analytical, research-oriented minds. A Master's from that institution is a solid indicator. Also, when you say that you worked in academic departments, do you mean to say you worked in the academic departments with professors who worked on law school admission selection committees? Because you cannot generalize from other departments. If you worked in grad departments across the humanities or physical sciences, it doesn't make much sense to say that unless an MA is paired with a PHd it is meaningless. After all, why would you apply to a PhD program if you already had a doctorate in that field? When I asked my undergrad prelaw advisor (who went to Yale and UCLA) what she thought of my chances, she told me this: Though what you have done is impressive, there are people who apply to law schools with Doctorates and M.D.'s. In other words, the M.A. is a step above a B.A.