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Will attending the CLEO six week summer institute help you gain admission into a top 100 law school? I am trying to decide whether or not it is worth going/spending 2000 dollars. Any information you could provide would be appreciated.
No it will not. Spend that money on an LSAT class/LSAT Books (search tls for information about this)
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pleadthe5th88 wrote:Will attending the CLEO six week summer institute help you gain admission into a top 100 law school? I am trying to decide whether or not it is worth going/spending 2000 dollars. Any information you could provide would be appreciated.
CLEO is good mainly for building confidence by demystifying the law school experience and preparing you to succeed in your first year. There's a lot of value in that alone. Also, if your numbers are great and you are waitlisted at a certain school, CLEO might help. But if you aren't already on a certain school's radar (i.e., a strong candidate), don't expect CLEO to get you in. You need to be a student the school might have considered admitting even without CLEO. If you have a 3.1/145, don't expect CLEO to get you into a T14. It can happen in extremely rare instances (eg. GPA is in Psychology, softs are amazing, you took no LSAT prep, you suck at STD tests, and you needed to apply immediately). but don't hold your breath.
CLEO doesn't have the pull with schools that it had in the 1990's. So don't go to CLEO expecting that it's going to greatly improve your chances of getting into a better-than-expected school. What it will do is improve your chances of getting in "somewhere" (read: T2-T4) if you are not admitted and have an unimpressive GPA and test score(s).
There is a small chance that you might get into a better school if, for some reason, that school has unexpectedly had a shortage of a certain "type" of student. I remember one year getting a request from Wake Forest in August, asking me to apply because they had a shortage of black males there.
Wake is a top-40 school, and a really good one. So a CLEO student would have had an opening to exploit had CLEO administrators known about that. I believe schools in that situation do contact CLEO and CHH to check on students who may still be uncommitted. I was not going to attend Wake Forest.
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