icanbeohyes wrote: dingbat wrote:
Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:if you are below both 25s you're probably going to get rocked at GW and finish at the very bottom of the class, jobless, having wasted your dads money
if you're barely below, I wouldn't worry too much about it, but if you're significantly below, then, yeah, I agree
I doubt it. For a future lawyer, you are very cynical and degrading, Randolph. I would not deny that there is a possibility of ending up at the bottom of my class, but at the same time I feel like it's rare that people are admitted into schools in which the adcomms think they will do badly.
I think I will be fine. I already have connections to students in the school which I can imagine will benefit me.
My LSAT/GPA is not a reflection of my intellectual capability and work ethic.
Someone has to be at the bottom of the class, so obviously the adcomms admit people who do badly (not that I am saying you will). I assume what you mean is that adcomms don't admit people who can't handle the work. That is true in one sense bc legal material is just not that hard. What makes it hard is the curve, the fact that every single person in a class can turn in a good exam, and some will have to get the lowest grade assigned on the curve (usually a B- or maybe a C+ at T1s). I have no doubt that you are capable of handling the difficulty of the material in law school. The issue is whether you can beat out the other smart motivated people in your class.
I do think that for URMs the smart move is definitely to go T14. The reason is because URMs are at a disproportionate risk of landing lower in their class grade-wise, and T14s, especially T6s, provide better opportunities to people in the bottom half of the class. A study done at UMich Law, for example, found that 80% of AA students were in the bottom 30% of the class but that they were as successful in their careers as their non-URM classmates. The T14 route makes sense for your situation especially because you aren't taking out loans so sticker price isn't as risky, and you said you are interested in corporate law, and no schools outside the T14 give you more than a 30% chance of landing corporate law.
You said somewhere in this thread that you don't think 2-3 points can matter, but they can matter A LOT. You have already put in a lot of leg work taking the LSAT 3x, which is commendable, so don't stop now! Good luck!
icanbeohyes wrote:He has been very upfront about his fellow peers who are unable to receive work or get work at low pay $55-$70k.
I have to make a major correction here. The 1/3 of GWU graduates who are unemployed or being paid by the school would kill to be making $55K. They'd actually kill to be making anything. Only 33% of GWU's graduates reported a salary (troublingly low since people with high salaries normally report them), and of those 33%, the 25th percentile salary was $65K. In order words, 65K is the 75th percentile of recent GWU graduate salaries - ie, 75% of the class is making less than $65K, and a third (the 20% unemployed + the 15% employed by the school) probably aren't breaking $40K.