In need of safety schools.

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In need of safety schools.

Postby amc987 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:10 am

Hey all,

I am an AA male. I have a 3.5 in Politics from HYP and got a 169 on the June LSAT. I graduated in the last 2 years. I have good international internship experience with NGOs. Some leadership experience from college but nothing too impressive. Want to pursue human rights/ international law opportunities in law school and potentially afterwards. May even end up applying to a joint degree program in IR after 1L year...

I have no idea what to do about safety schools. Seriously. I got into a big argument with some family members about it (I've learned it might be best to keep my family out of my application process from now on). They think I should just apply to like the top 10 schools and call it a day. That obviously worries me. I was going to apply to almost the entire T14 and add in a few top 30 schools in regions where I'd like to practice (UCLA, USC, Fordham, GWU, etc.), just to be safe. I've heard about the AA male boost on this site, and I'm sure it does work out well for some people. I just wouldn't want to be the odd person out, so I'm trying to hedge my bets and be a bit on the conservative side. I know that I've delved into this issue in a more casual manner, but now that it's September, I feel like I need to actually get a concrete list of schools together and start applying.

As of now my list looks something like this: Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Chicago, Penn, UVA, Berkeley, Michigan, Duke, Cornell, Northwestern, Georgetown, UCLA, USC, GWU, Fordham. Do people who have experience with URM cycles think this makes sense? I don't want to waste money applying to schools I really don't need to consider, but I much prefer over-applying to the alternative of not getting in anywhere I want to go and being screwed.


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Re: In need of safety schools.

Postby sfxx » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:32 pm

MVP as safeties seems adequate based on what i've seen on Law School Numbers for AA Males

If you want to leverage schollies then it makes sense to apply to a more broad range of schools

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Re: In need of safety schools.

Postby bmore » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:35 pm

You will probably get waivers so it shouldn't cost too much. No experience with URM but I can't see you needing to apply under the Top 14.

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Re: In need of safety schools.

Postby dkt4 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:42 am

so this never happens, but your family is pretty much right. don't trip, you'll be fine. you have no need to blanket the T14, but you can if you want to leverage scholarship money (barring some massive red flag on your application).

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Re: In need of safety schools.

Postby somewhatwayward » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:36 am

you should apply to yale as well.

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