JayJones78 wrote: PDaddy wrote:
WhiteyCakes wrote:Nowhere worth going
I disagree. With the right soft factors and good essays, OP can definitely sneak into a top-100 and maybe even a lower top-50. Now...the question of whether the school in question is "worth going to, is another question. I know of a 151/3.2 who was wait listed at Vandrbilt two years in a row and stayed there until orientation week in both years. He ultimately wound up at a top-35, but his case is exemplary of what can happen to diligent URM's who present otherwise nice profiles.
Thanks. As of now I'm in at W&L, Pitt, Tulane and American and WL at Fordham and Colorado. Was WL at Cardozo for may start but switched my app to fall. I know that for most in the TLS sphere my acceptances (even W&L) is a crapshoot and not the submit on my apps. But, I disagree.
As I wrote before I'm still waiting for a possible hail marry from Vandy or Cornell (the first a long shot the second a slimmer than slim chance). I'll be the first to admit that my LSAT is problematic at best, but I think my cycle can also show that good things can still happen.
Your cycle has actually gone about as well as I expected. A few years ago, you wouldn't have sniffed as many top schools, but applications are down. Vandy will probably waitlist you. Cornell either will let you in or won't. They don't tend to play games.
One reason I joined TLS was to combat the elitism directed at ethnic minorities; if not for contrarians like me, you would be getting a lot of very bad advice from elitist non-URM applicants who are jealous that we don't quite need the numbers they need in order to get into top schools.
This undeniable fact does not mean that URM's are "less qualified" for these schools. It simply means that we must be vetted differently. Soft factors and essays are 10-15% of a non-URM's evaluation, whereas they are 30-60% of a URM's evaluation. This is justified by our unique experiences and how they become manifest in our educational experiences and contributions as well as our professional careers; savvy adcoms recognize this and employ it in their calculus.
Let me say that I am glad you have transcended your "average" LSAT score and gotten into some very good schools.