Maximizing My Chances?

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RCG37
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Maximizing My Chances?

Postby RCG37 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:00 am

Here's the deal: I have t14 ambitions with a 165 (and a 160 from sept 09) and a 3.92 gpa.

Aside from getting my apps in on Sept. 1st (which I plan on doing), what can I do to absolutely maximize my chances of getting into the following schools:

Boalt
Georgetown (part time and full time)
Cornell
Duke
UVA
Penn
Michigan

A little more background: I graduated in May 2010, have good work experience, currently relocated to Washington DC for a journalism job, I have solid academic recommendations and I plan to write "Why X" statements.

What else can I do? Any ideas?

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Re: Maximizing My Chances?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:02 am

Are you a URM?

Retake the LSAT is about your only option at those schools...


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Re: Maximizing My Chances?

Postby scribelaw » Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:11 am

You'd have a decent -- or at least outside -- shot at UVA if you apply early decision. You might also try Michigan early decision.

You really need probably a 168 for a more realistic shot at the T14.

As is, you might get money from some T30 type schools, George Washington, Boston College, etc.

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Re: Maximizing My Chances?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:03 am

scribelaw wrote:You'd have a decent -- or at least outside -- shot at UVA if you apply early decision. You might also try Michigan early decision.

You really need probably a 168 for a more realistic shot at the T14.

As is, you might get money from some T30 type schools, George Washington, Boston College, etc.


I think you are over-estimating the odds. According to LSN, three people got into Michigan with a 165 or less that were not URM. Two had superb softs (one withdrew to attend Standford). Two were veterans and Michigan is very pro-veteran in their admissions. That's not exactly a "decent" shot.

UVA had 7 ED acceptances with <166 but I'm guessing they were all in-state.

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Re: Maximizing My Chances?

Postby beachbum » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:15 am

In other words: if you're serious about attending these schools, the best (and only?) way of maximizing your chances is to retake the LSAT.

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Re: Maximizing My Chances?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:19 am

Penn is definitely out. I got stuck in defered hell with a 3.92/168/3.85 Masters, as a PA resident, a combat veteran (10 years in military) with a significant resume, and excellent softs. Oh, and I applied ED in Oct.

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Re: Maximizing My Chances?

Postby TCScrutinizer » Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:38 pm

blowhard wrote:Penn is definitely out. I got stuck in defered hell with a 3.92/168/3.85 Masters, as a PA resident, a combat veteran (10 years in military) with a significant resume, and excellent softs. Oh, and I applied ED in Oct.


Wow, that's fucked up. I know a non-URM guy with about your raw numbers and nowhere near your softs who got in with money.




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