Any advice?

(BLS, URM status, non-traditional, GLBT)
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Any advice?

Postby Cookie2 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:02 pm

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Re: Any advice?

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Re: Any advice?

Postby Cookie2 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:16 pm

Chances at T14?

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Re: Any advice?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:04 pm

You are likely to be admitted to several law schools ranked seventh through fourteenth, and should receive serious consideration from one or two top six law schools, in my opinion.

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Re: Any advice?

Postby Cookie2 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:17 pm

Michigan is currently one of my top choices. Any idea on where I should be aiming for when I retake the LSAT to have the best shot there with $$? (Ok i'm aiming for a 180. LOL More realistically, what would I need?)

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Re: Any advice?

Postby dkt4 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:44 am

165+ should net you scholly's. 170+ is even better, of course.

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Re: Any advice?

Postby vanwinkle » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:00 am

This one sounds like a good example for you. AA female, psych major, applied straight from UG, part-time work experience during UG, 160/3.51, accepted with $ at NYU. Also accepted at UVA and GULC. Got waitlisted at Harvard, Northwestern, Duke, and Chicago. http://lawschoolnumbers.com/JLovinChick

Some other examples to illustrate the point:

AA female, 163/3.39 (Ivy UG), in at Columbia, GULC: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/dlhein425
AA female, 164/3.53, accepted at NYU, GULC: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/anxiouslyapplied
AA male, 164/3.56, in at Mich, NYU, Duke, Cornell, GULC, some with $$: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/rj127
AA male, 160/3.55, in off WL at Penn with $$: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/juppy
AA male, 163/3.4, in NYU, Penn, GULC with $$; also in at Mich, Cornell: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/agk517
AA male, 160/3.45 (Ivy UG), in at Columbia, NYU, Penn, Cornell, Duke: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/drunner
Hispanic female, 162/3.35, 2 years WE, in at Columbia: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/goldfish115
Hispanic/NA female, 161/3.56, 1-2 years WE, in at Berkeley: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/laurenwinker505
Undisclosed URM female, 162/3.5, in at Mich, Berkeley: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/NOBulldog
Undisclosed URM female, 160/3.6, 1-2 years WE, in at GULC: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/chasingpavements

URM cycles are a bit unpredictable. In many of the above cases, the same person got waitlisted or rejected by schools that are equivalent to or even worse than the schools they ended up attending. You need to apply widely, too. While you may hope to go to a particular school (like Michigan), your best shot is to apply to all of the T14 and see which ones take you or offer you money to attend. You've also got to make sure your application is the best it can possibly be, that your personal statement and resume are free of errors, and that you have strong recommendations.

If you could raise your LSAT score it would most certainly increase the odds of acceptance and scholarship money at the T14. A 170+ would probably get you full rides at several T14 schools, and you may honestly not even need that much. It's a good goal to aim for, though. But while that would put you in a better position, you have good reason not to stress too much: With a well-polished application you have a chance at getting into these schools now.

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Re: Any advice?

Postby AffordablePrep » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:31 am

I think you're already in decent shape, but a few more points could definitely help.

As it stands right now, you are most probably in Michigan. I'd think of October as an opportunity to make dolla dolla bills. If you could somehow get over their median (169, I believe), as a black female with a respectable albeit not great GPA, you may be looking at 100k. Odds are one of MVP will give you 100k, and you can negotiate.

I'd view the LSAT as your f/t job because although you're likely in your target school, now you can greatly lower the COA. Even if you were the best in Michigan, you likely won't be able to make 100k with 2 months of hard work.




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