I don't really know who else to ask and I think everyone's situation is slightly different, but
I don't really know where I stand on the chances of getting into which law schools so I figured maybe someone could let me know what level schools to apply to. Also, my school's pre-law advisor is horrendous and on "leave".
I have a 3.79 and have a 166 LSAT, and am a Political Science major with minor in Philosophy. Which I know is not very unique compared to the other graduating aspiring lawyers, but I kind of have some other stuff that I think stands out. (Emphasis on "I think") So I will just lay it out for you.
-I took two years off of school, honestly just because I didn't want to go. After some length of time spent in the sun and mediocrity, I decided to go back to school. My first semester back I managed to get a 3.5 for 12 credits and transferred to a private liberal arts school.
-When I got to the new school I seriously became my schoolwork. I took 21 credit fall/spring semesters, did summer semesters with 24 credits, and did spring break/winter break courses. I was able to get my remaining 108 credits in 1.5 years; my schools requires 123 so with my previous credits I met the criteria.
-Obviously because I raised my GPA my grades have been good, dean's and president's list and all that but I also have done other stuff listed below.
-Phi Sigma Rau (Philosophy Honor Society)
-Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)
-I've lectured to my entire school as the only student with a faculty panel on sustainable development and micro-finance.
-I'm scheduled to lecture this month at the Research Symposium on international health politics.
-I work elections as a member of a non-partison watchdog group (Committee of Seventy)
-I was just recently nominated to be my school's representative at the Global Women's leadership Conference this summer
-I volunteer at the suicide hotline
-I am the president of STAND (Students Take Action Now Darfur) for my school's chapter
-I am the research member for Bridges to Swaziland (Orphans and Vulnerable Children)
-I volunteer as a staff member at a local long-term drug/alcohol treatment center
-And I also work at a clothing store in my area part time, and part time as a promotions girl for a tobacco company
I have no idea whether any of that makes any difference at all, but its about time I start figuring where I want to go. I am hoping that if I don't have the extra-curriculars that the fact that I kept a 3.85 while going to school non-stop at a high work level (at my second school, hence its still only a 3.79) will help? I know I want to be a lawyer; it's something I have wanted since I was like 15. When I came back to school the reason I busted my butt so hard was because I wanted to be able to get into a great school so that I could have all the options I wanted. But now I don't know what they are, so if anyone can let me know what kind of schools I have a high/low chance at getting into I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much.