Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

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loic.clichy
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Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

Postby loic.clichy » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:35 pm

Hello everyone,

Here is the list of schools I have gotten into. I'll also add which ones gave me scholarships.

-Suffolk
-NYLS
-New England (big scholarship)
-Miami
-Samford
-Baltimore
-FIU
-John Marshall (IL) (big scholarship)

Would the scholarship money at NESL be worth passing up to go to Suffolk? Is Miami worth more to go to over a state school like FIU?

What would you all pick based on rankings and debt that can be accumulated?



--some backround, 3.45/157 and born in switzerland.

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Re: Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

Postby ATR » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:45 pm

OP, here's what the general response to this thread's gonna be: retake the LSAT.

Reasons:

1) None of those schools are worth going to ITE, especially at sticker price (caveat: you have a guaranteed job lined up after LS).
2) The scholarships you received more than likely carry pretty rigorous stipulations (i.e., top 50% class ranking). That's a bad deal, especially for those schools -- no one knows how they'll do in LS. Remember, grading's on a curve.
3) The prospects for legal jobs out of those schools are relatively bad, since most are in big markets where 5 to 10 (or more) schools which are more reputable already snag up jobs.

Go read some of the TLS articles on these schools and see what I mean. With a mid-160s LSAT and your GPA, you should get some T1 schools with money. Good luck!

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Re: Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

Postby loic.clichy » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:49 pm

ATR wrote:OP, here's what the general response to this thread's gonna be: retake the LSAT.

Reasons:

1) None of those schools are worth going to ITE, especially at sticker price (caveat: you have a guaranteed job lined up after LS).
2) The scholarships you received more than likely carry pretty rigorous stipulations (i.e., top 50% class ranking). That's a bad deal, especially for those schools -- no one knows how they'll do in LS. Remember, grading's on a curve.
3) The prospects for legal jobs out of those schools are relatively bad, since most are in big markets where 5 to 10 (or more) schools which are more reputable already snag up jobs.

Go read some of the TLS articles on these schools and see what I mean. With a mid-160s LSAT and your GPA, you should get some T1 schools with money. Good luck!


I wish I could but I have taken it twice and both times I have gotten the same score! English isn't my first language and I'm not sure if I can do much better honestly. Even Miami and Suffolk are not worth it?

Could someone still comment if they have any knowledge on the schools on this lists and pluses and negatives they may know of.

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Re: Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

Postby RockyIII » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:06 am

loic.clichy wrote:I wish I could but I have taken it twice and both times I have gotten the same score! English isn't my first language and I'm not sure if I can do much better honestly. Even Miami and Suffolk are not worth it?

Could someone still comment if they have any knowledge on the schools on this lists and pluses and negatives they may know of.



Ummm if you don't know English well enough to do well on the LSAT, there is no way that you know the language well enough to do well in an English-speaking law school.

Assuming language isn't the issue, devout an ass-load of time to studying, and retake.

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Re: Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:57 am

With a 157 LSAT score & a 3.45 GPA as an international applicant, you should have been admitted to much better law schools, in my opinion. Did you apply to other law schools ?

P.S. Suffolk & Miami are the top 2 law schools among your listed options.

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Re: Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

Postby loic.clichy » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:04 am

RockyIII wrote:
loic.clichy wrote:I wish I could but I have taken it twice and both times I have gotten the same score! English isn't my first language and I'm not sure if I can do much better honestly. Even Miami and Suffolk are not worth it?

Could someone still comment if they have any knowledge on the schools on this lists and pluses and negatives they may know of.



Ummm if you don't know English well enough to do well on the LSAT, there is no way that you know the language well enough to do well in an English-speaking law school.

Assuming language isn't the issue, devout an ass-load of time to studying, and retake.


Ummm I got a 157 which I thought was pretty strong and I know that I can do fine in law school. I'm just not sure that I can get past the 160 level. I put in so much work before the last two times I took it that I am just not sure if I can do it. I'd rather learn what members of this forum know about the schools I am in to help me make a decision that I would like to make.

CanadianWolf wrote:With a 157 LSAT score & a 3.45 GPA as an international applicant, you should have been admitted to much better law schools, in my opinion. Did you apply to other law schools ?


I'm not sure if I can be considered an "international student". I have lived in the USA for about 6 years now. French is my first language though. I was not accepted to American, Emmory and Boston College and I am on the wait list at University of Florida and Northeastern.

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Re: Visiting all the schools, not sure of what to pick

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:08 am

If French is your first language, then consider McGill in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. And, yes, I am serious. McGill is a great law school offering tremendous opportunities in Canada, Europe & New York City.




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