Where to go?

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abby3211
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Where to go?

Postby abby3211 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:42 pm

Quick stats:
female. will be 20 entering in the fall. Single mom. Lsat 168. Gpa currently 3.83 for degree 3.74 overall.

Where to apply? U Tennessee Knoxville is the only one I've applied to so far (because it's just down the road.) Pre-law advisor wants me to apply elsewhere but I dont want to spend tons of $ on apps if I won't get in.

sfxx
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Re: Where to go?

Postby sfxx » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:53 pm

are you AA?

If so, enjoy a T6 school.

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bk1
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Re: Where to go?

Postby bk1 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:56 pm

abby3211 wrote:Pre-law advisor wants me to apply elsewhere but I dont want to spend tons of $ on apps if I won't get in.


Ask for fee waivers from schools.

Also figure out where your numbers put you into play (check out http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com and http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com) and apply to ones where your numbers give you a good chance of getting in so you won't be wasting money.

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Re: Where to go?

Postby AffordablePrep » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:08 pm

I am in the world of tutoring, and speak with students from all over the country - a decent number over the past two years. I've never met someone with your profile in terms of being AA, the GPA, LSAT and single mom soft, which I think should not be discounted. You're a motivation to others.

Tennessee is below you. You have a shot at HYS with the AA+single mom card.

abby3211
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Re: Where to go?

Postby abby3211 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:39 am

what does AA mean?

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bport hopeful
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Re: Where to go?

Postby bport hopeful » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:48 am

abby3211 wrote:what does AA mean?

African American. People assume this because you posted in the Under Represented Forum

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Blessedassurance
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Re: Where to go?

Postby Blessedassurance » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:08 am

Eh what's the term...comedy of errors?

I like this thread.

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Re: Where to go?

Postby BlakcMajikc » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:50 am

I sent you a message instead.

abby3211
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Re: Where to go?

Postby abby3211 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:59 pm

oh. no I am not AA. I'm a URM for socioeconomic/non-traditional student reasons

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bport hopeful
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Re: Where to go?

Postby bport hopeful » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:14 pm

abby3211 wrote:oh. no I am not AA. I'm NOT a URM for socioeconomic/non-traditional student reasons

Doesnt count man. Sorry.

abby3211
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Re: Where to go?

Postby abby3211 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:40 am

On the tagline for this board it used non-traditional as a description. Maybe thats not URM but a diversity thing? Sorry, new to this & not real sure how to describe everything.

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Re: Where to go?

Postby sparty99 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:03 am

You can do way better than Tennessee....Ask for fee waivers and blanket your app in the Top 25. You will probably get a full-ride somewhere. Top 14 is not out of the question....

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Re: Where to go?

Postby bport hopeful » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:38 am

sparty99 wrote:You can do way better than Tennessee....Ask for fee waivers and blanket your app in the Top 25. You will probably get a full-ride somewhere. Top 14 is not out of the question....

Do this, and also, yeah, you can write a diversity statement. It will be to your benefit.

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Re: Where to go?

Postby dr123 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:50 am

abby3211 wrote:oh. no I am not AA. I'm a URM for socioeconomic/non-traditional student reasons


no.

MsMissce
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Re: Where to go?

Postby MsMissce » Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:09 pm

Try UPenn..they like that type of diversity...but Tennessee is way beneath you honey!

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Re: Where to go?

Postby tehrocstar » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:54 am

MsMissce wrote:Try UPenn..they like that type of diversity...but Tennessee is way beneath you honey!


+1

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Re: Where to go?

Postby bk641 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:57 am

if you don't mind moving to a new area (how old is your child?), then you should definitely apply to at least cornell and georgetown, where you have a good chance simply because of your numbers. don't waste (sorry) money going to tennessee.

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Re: Where to go?

Postby run26.2 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:33 am

abby3211 wrote:Quick stats:
female. will be 20 entering in the fall. Single mom. Lsat 168. Gpa currently 3.83 for degree 3.74 overall.

Where to apply? U Tennessee Knoxville is the only one I've applied to so far (because it's just down the road.) Pre-law advisor wants me to apply elsewhere but I dont want to spend tons of $ on apps if I won't get in.

You are already competitive with these numbers at Cornell and GULC. But the single-mom soft is really unique. I am a transfer and I haven't met anyone at either school that is a single mom (at least that I know is). This would really add diversity to the class, and I think your experience as a single mom would form an important part of your application. Since it is such a unique soft, I would also apply to schools that are more holistic in their evaluations, i.e. UMich and UPenn.

Since you are a single mom, you might consider doing GULC's part-time program, although I tend to think that even a part-time load would take up about the same amount of your free time.

In addition to the schools mentioned above, I would apply to Vanderbilt and WUSTL, as I think you would have a good chance significant scholarships there. Also, consider UCLA and USC if you are interested in CA.

Good luck in your application!

abby3211
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Re: Where to go?

Postby abby3211 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:22 pm

Thanks everyone who gave advice! Although I refuse to go to Vandy (sorry - too close to psycho ex-in-laws) I'll definitely take a look at the schools y'all suggested!




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