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Concerns regarding applying to Ivy League law schools

Concerns regarding applying to Ivy League law schools
« on: April 27, 2011, 03:23:29 PM »
Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum. I'm currently at University of Toronto, doing my undergraduate degree in a challenging specialist program and have maintained a 3.9 +. I know this sounds like the typical "Am I going to get into...?" question, but please bear with me! I know for a fact that I'm very logically inclined and from doing sample LSATs, I know that my score will be in a very high percentile.

However, I'm really concerned because I work very hard and am quite involved, but is it still a waste of my energy to be invested in going to Ivy League law? The problem is that I'm not the typical McKinsey intern in International Relations who is cut for and gets into every Ivy League law school. I have been very involved over the years and have received some decent scholarships but aside from my LSATs and academics, nothing really makes me stand out. I mean I can list charity work and whatnot, but I don't think that's anything new to YLS, HLS and other T14 admission officers.

Is this something that is completely out of reach because of my circumstances (i.e. being from a Canadian school, lack of viable connections and consequently internships) or should I seriously consider the possibility? I'm a very focused person and I would be crushed if I spent the next three years making loads of sacrifices to simply get rejected by all the universities I'm interested in.

Re: Concerns regarding applying to Ivy League law schools
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 09:58:03 PM »
Hey pianojunky -

I am a 2006 Harvard grad, and I think your question is a fair one.  I had the same concerns when I was applying to law schools (except for the Canadian school portion although I don’t think that will affect your chances of acceptance).  I had no idea whether or not I would get into an Ivy law school although that was my goal when I was applying.  I do think that the top law school programs (including Ivy schools) look at applicants holistically, although the LSAT and the GPA are the most heavily weighted factors in the law school application.  I think it will just be important for you to get strong recommendations and to write a persuasive personal statement so all of your strengths are highlighted. There are no guarantees.  To be prudent, it will probably be best for you to apply to several Ivy law schools and a few “safety” schools as well.   I just recently wrote a book about the tips and strategies I used to get into Harvard along with strategies suggested by top law school program admission officers.  Check out my site when you get a chance.  I wish you the best of luck in your academic endeavors!


Re: Concerns regarding applying to Ivy League law schools
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2011, 02:59:14 PM »
If you are ready for the LSAT, and submit a flawless application, you should be fine. 

There are many skills that you should highlight througout your application.  You can find the skills that law schools look for in this free law school admissions article under "other factors."  Make sure your application gives evidence of the things that admissions committees are looking for, and highlight the uniqueness of your personality. 

If you do the work and get a 175+ on LSAT, I think that you will get to choose from acceptances. 

Good luck!!!

Re: Concerns regarding applying to Ivy League law schools
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 05:01:30 AM »
Ivy League schools is a tough listed educational institutions in our state. They are choosy and strict about the admission of every student that are hardly applying to them.  Just as what reported lately, Ivy League acceptance rates at record lows. Elites are sometimes their most priority. But in your case law school could be very demanding in terms of financial gain and of course your academic standing. I know you can do it pianojunky. I wish you the very best of luck.