My two main goals are USC, or UCLA. I'm a California girl, and it's of the utmost importance to me to stay in California, preferably Southern because I want to do entertainment law and I have more connections to the industry in LA than I do in say, NYC. It would also be much cheaper for me to stay in LA.
After I graduate this year (a full year earlier than most of my peers), I should come out with a 3.5-3.67. After this quarter, right before apps are due for my two GOAL schools, I will come out with a 3.47. My community college GPA was a 3.5. I'm considering taking two online classes from the CC in December to help boost my law admissions GPA (would this even work?). I'm lightly considering staying a full four years to push my GPA as highly as possible, but it's really undesirable for me. UCs are expensive, and I'm not sure the money I would save on law school would balance out. But staying one more year would put me in a better position as far as GPA, and gaining another degree.
I will apply again next year if I don't get to UCLA or USC this cycle. Do you think it's even worth a shot for me this year? Should I just apply to the lower end of t-14s, give it a shot just in case? I mean, if I got into say, NYU and UCLA, it'd be extremely hard for me to choose despite rankings and employment ratios, etc, but its nice to have options. My letters of rec will be killer, and my personal statements have been pretty fire for the last few years, but I know it's really a numbers game.
I'm anticipating 170-ish on the december LSAT, and 171+ on the feb. LSAT. I'm self studying for December, and have taken a handful of practice tests that put me in the high 160s. February, I plan on taking a formal class to prepare. I'm just late getting into what I should've been doing, which kills me. I blame a little bit of indecision between pursuing grad school for AfAm, and law school.
Estimated stats for THIS cycle: 3.47, 170, URM. softs: law internship, black student union (committee position), nigerian student association, black queer collective, president of first establish gay straight alliance at my CC. nothing really unique compared to the rest of the herd, unfortunately. I'm just having a moment where I'm realizing I'm a little late in getting my things together, and have a deadline soon after the Feb LSAC to turn in my graduation forms. I can put myself in a better position next year, or graduate and give it a swing, and simply try to increase LSAT scores next year after my final GPA from undergrad if I don't make it.
If I don't make it this year, I'm going to try to quit my current job after becoming an assistant at a law firm. Quite a few in my area are taking up new undergrads with my poli sci major. I'll do that, or grab another internship. I know being a K JD is hard, so I need the best odds possible.
Thanks to all who have given advice so far!