iceman86 wrote:In order to overcome the doubt that many people will have of my accomplishments, I have asked my recommenders to speak about specific examples of my work that has provided a great view of the law and my future studying the law. I have also asked them to provide their direct contact info just in case the letter is not seen as truthful.
Probably the best possible thing to do. Strong LORs are those that talk specifically about your actual involvement in the recommender's life/business/projects, so those will help out.
It sounds like you're a self-starter who's made a lot of opportunities for himself, and schools should really like that.
For URMs, much greater emphasis is put on "softs" including the PS/resume/LORs than other applicants. A strong package that includes LORs backing up your resume and a well-written PS should get you into the very top schools. It sounds like you're an AA male with a 3.6/169; with those numbers, you should have a strong chance even at HYS, and I would imagine would get into most T14 schools you apply to.
Make sure everything (your resume, PS, etc.) is as well-polished as possible, and apply to as many T14 schools as you can afford. I mean all of them; some will give you $$$ and you'll probably get some acceptances from the very top schools. Don't even bother with GW and UMD; GULC and Duke should be the lowest schools you consider attending, and then only if they offer you scholarships.
Good luck. You should have a great cycle.