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What are my chances?

What are my chances?
« on: January 22, 2013, 07:43:21 PM »
Chance me:
2.86 LSDAS GPA, 151 LSAT. URM, with lots of research presentations at national conferences during undergrad, highly involved in extra curricular activities, currently interning for july selection specialist and trilingual.

California Western School of Law
University of San Diego School of Law
Santa Clara Law
University of San Francisco Law
University of New Mexico
Pacific McGeorge
Southwestern in Los Angeles


Re: What are my chances?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 01:38:58 PM »
Chance me:

This is the part that actually matters, GPA/LSAT/URM. Take a look at LSAC's admission profiles to get an idea of your chances. If I had to guess, I'd say that you have at least a shot at all of the schools you listed, and at a few (like Cal Western) you have a very good shot. Pepperdine, San Diego, and Santa Clara are probably reaches, but you never know. If you had either a higher GPA or LSAT to compensate, you'd be in a better position to predict. The fact that both are low is offset by your URM status, but it's hard to say how much.

One thing I'd focus on is location. I assume that you're in CA, since so many of the schools are CA schools. If you want to stay on CA, then you're probably better off going to a local school than someplace like Quinnipiac or Albany.

Re: What are my chances?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 07:49:19 PM »
Maintain is correct you can look on to see how much URM status helped individuals at certain schools. I would predict Cal Western and Southwestern would come through the rest a crapshoot.

From the schools you listed I speculate you are from California and you may want to simply apply to schools there. If your goal is to work as a lawyer in California then attending school in Albany or Quinnipac will not be a good decision.

As Maintain said location will matter more than anything in your decision. There are 20 or so ABA schools in California and plenty of people from Harvard, Yale, NYU, Columbia, and other elite schools want to work in California. If you come from a decent school like Albany or Quinnipac with no connections in California you probably won't be in a good situation. However, if you want to work in Albany then Albany law school is probably the best school you could go to and if you want to be in Connecticut then Quinnipac would be one of the best schools you could attend.

Re: What are my chances?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 05:29:29 PM »
Wow, thanks for the replies everyone!!

I am from San Diego and would love to stay in-state but have applied to a variety. I just got waitlisted for Chapman which was kind of a bummer but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Cal West and USD since they're in my neighborhood.

Thanks for all the advice! Much appreciated. :)

Re: What are my chances?
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2013, 12:01:52 PM »
I also noticed Thomas Jefferson dropped their tuition significantly this year I believe it is only 19k a year I know they have had problems with bar passage, but realistically whether you pass the California Bar has a lot more to do with you than the law school.

If you want to be in San Diego then I highly recommend going to any of the ABA schools in San Diego it is a smaller market and most lawyers/judges, etc in the community went to law school at Cal Western, Thomas Jefferson, or University of San Diego. Good luck.