I think you have a strong chance. Make sure you create a solid application package that demonstrates who you are as a person, and why the school should want you. In other words, sell yourself. Your numbers are good enough to get into HYSCCN
Basically last time what happened was that I did not apply as early as I maybe should have (in late October) and my personal statement was pretty bad as well. Now I will be basically getting a masters degree + I have had a year of work experience (plus the new pubs).Before I had one excellent and one very generic letter of recommendation, this time I would apply pretty much as soon as the application is available and would have 2 very very strong letters ... Last time I applied I got waitlisted at HYSCC, and got into NYU. Any way that these additional factors might shift that?
Hi,I applied before two years ago (before graduating), did not get into any of the top 5, and for personal reasons (i.e. maximizing my chances of having a shot at getting a career in academia, will thus be applying for JD-PhD). Back then my personal statement was pretty much crap (I don't know if that makes a difference) and I applied relatively late in the game. This time I'm going to apply as early as possible and my personal statement has seen a major overhaul. My stats are 3.84 gpa from McGill (one of the top 2 universities in Canada, tied with U of Toronto), LSATs of 169 and 174. Past graduating I ran a lab at a major academic medical center (I have ~ 20 publications, abstracts, and presentations right now) and will do a Master's degree (I am deciding between offers from said Canadian school as well as Oxford)for the following year , which I guess are soft skills but may count for something as a tie breaker or so?I'd like to know what are my chances at the top 5 with this background, particularly HYSThanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it.
The academic career I am looking for is not in science but rather in law. At this point I have a very strong interest in intellectual property. So I guess in that case where I get that JD is going to place a crucial role?Another consideration with combined JD-PhD programs as compared to doing them sequentially is the cost factor. As an international student I would not be eligible for federal loan programs, so I only get those high-interest private loans. However, a lot of the JD PhD programs out there offer funding / loans that will be forgiven if I pursue academia... in that case the mountain of debt wouldnt be so enormously high that I couldn't do academia...