stego wrote:I had a free consult with one of the partners of the MS9 Consulting group today. I have a lot to think about but I am still leaning towards attending law school in the fall.
We discussed the weaknesses in my application. Reapplying seems like a bit of an uphill climb because all the T13 schools I've applied to will have my old application on file.
I do feel ppl on here are a bit too negative on Alabama. It's probably not right for most people. But the "have fun living in Alabama forever" seems like hyperbole. It looks like between 60 and 40% of the last few classes stayed in the state. If you assume the majority of students are from AL and that those ones are more likely to stay, then the out of state students are probably more likely to leave than to stay. Granted, I'm sure most of them stay in the Southeast or Texas.
The problem with Bama is that you can go to Texas or a major market, but that requires great grades etc.. I'd have a hunch a big majority will go home to neighboring states to practice (of the kids who practice out of state). I'm not trying to dissuade you from Bama, but I transferred from a school with a similar rank. I knew a person with a full + a stipend with stats much better than T14 medians. The person ended up not being a good law student. Being a median law student at a T14 or sometimes a T20 (like Vandy) will give you a fighting chance to work at a biglaw/midlaw/good boutique with a legitimate summer associate program. I know people at my old school who seem to be working at good firms in their region but are essentially paid hourly with no assurances of a postgrad job. It's a much tougher road to look for jobs post-bar IMO. Just FWIW.
Also if you have a hunch that you have a "poison pill" LOR (e.g. you didn't know the professor), I'd sub it out with some work reference that you'd know would be positive. I had intern supervisors write me LORs and they worked (probably not great, but they didn't hurt)