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Realistic Assessment

Realistic Assessment
« on: October 17, 2009, 03:16:37 PM »
Hi all - trying to come up with a realistic list of schools to apply to now that I have my LSAT score in. My numbers are 169/3.3. Mitigating factor on the GPA is that there's a marked improvement over the second two years - 2.9 cumulative for freshman/sophomore (at one school) and 3.7 cumulative for junior/senior (after transferring to Villanova) including 4.0 last semester. I have disciplinary infractions at the first school for which I've prepared an addendum (which also touches on the GPA issue). 2 good internships in second 2 years of school and some activities. I graduated in 08 and have been working as a paralegal at a well reputed large law firm since then. I will have excellent recommendations.

Below is my current list of schools. If you disagree with how I've categorized a particular school, please explain your reasoning.

Hail Mary
Harvard

Reach
Penn
UVA
Duke
Georgetown

Target
Wash U
Notre Dame
Wash & Lee
William & Mary
GW

Safety
Maryland
Temple

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Realistic Assessment
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009, 05:27:36 PM »
Those sound about right. I would throw in Cornell and Northwestern apps as well.

Cornell: easiest T14 to get into.
Northwestern: High LSAT/Low GPA split friendly.

Re: Realistic Assessment
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 09:13:06 AM »
I'm honestly hoping the trend in my GPA will effectively make the schools I currently have listed as reaches my targets. After all, another .3 or so on my GPA is all it would take, which I clearly am capable of.

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Re: Realistic Assessment
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2009, 09:39:56 AM »
I'd toss in 'Nova. A free ride at 'Nova or Temple might look really good to you in this economy, especially if you're bound for practice in Philly.

Re: Realistic Assessment
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 08:16:57 AM »
Where do people think it is likely I could get money?

Re: Realistic Assessment
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2009, 06:42:12 AM »
Where do people think it is likely I could get money?
I don't know how free schools are going to be with money this year, but with slightly worse stats and last-minute applications everywhere, two cycles ago, I got scholarship offers at every school that accepted me, ranging from around 50% to 85% off retail.