reaching for the stars

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naf34
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reaching for the stars

Postby naf34 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:41 pm

What do people say about applying to schools that seem out of their reach. Is it worth the application fee to just apply to all top twenty schools and go to the best one you get accepted to? personally, I have a 4.0 GPA and a 165 LSAT, I can't decide if i should be applying to schhols like UPENN, U of Chicago, Standford and Harvard just because, hey, maybe! Any input?

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katie96
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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby katie96 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:44 pm

Do it! You will regret it if you don't. But, retake first.

apollo2015
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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby apollo2015 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:09 am

It depends. What would you be spending the money on if you do not spend it on those applications? Do you have enough money to spare to apply to schools that you estimate you have a low likelihood of getting admitted to?

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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby Real Madrid » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:40 am

What do people say about applying to schools that seem out of their reach. Is it worth the application fee to just apply to all top twenty schools and go to the best one you get accepted to? personally, I have a 4.0 GPA and a 165 LSAT, I can't decide if i should be applying to schhols like UPENN, U of Chicago, Standford and Harvard just because, hey, maybe! Any input?


Definitely apply to Standford, and make sure you write a "Why Standford?" essay. They'll eat it up.

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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby IamJosh » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:38 am

Real Madrid wrote:
What do people say about applying to schools that seem out of their reach. Is it worth the application fee to just apply to all top twenty schools and go to the best one you get accepted to? personally, I have a 4.0 GPA and a 165 LSAT, I can't decide if i should be applying to schhols like UPENN, U of Chicago, Standford and Harvard just because, hey, maybe! Any input?


Definitely apply to Standford, and make sure you write a "Why Standford?" essay. They'll eat it up.


Lol'd. But yeah, Stanford* will want you to spell it that way instead.

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rayiner
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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby rayiner » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:46 am

Retake.

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The Valkyrie
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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby The Valkyrie » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:47 am

enjoy boalt

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20121109
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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby 20121109 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:13 am

Friend of mine got into HLS off the WL

4.0/166 non-URM. just saying.

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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby Tom Joad » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:15 am

GAIAtheCHEERLEADER wrote:Friend of mine got into HLS off the WL

4.0/166 non-URM. just saying.


Quoted for eternally burned into my mind.
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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby joeshmo39 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:06 am

It could happen, but I think the top 6 schools are wasted application fees. Penn, Michigan, and UVA are the best schools you have the numbers to get into. Without an ED application even those are unlikely.

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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby robotclubmember » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:26 am

if you're going to reach for the stars, do it with a plan, not a wish. retake.

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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby robotclubmember » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:27 am

GAIAtheCHEERLEADER wrote:Friend of mine got into HLS off the WL

4.0/166 non-URM. just saying.


the only thing crazier than that is the massive tits on your tar

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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby Bildungsroman » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:18 am

naf34, you should definitely apply to as many reaches as you want if you can stomach the application fees. I was overly conservative in which schools I applied to because I was in a situation similar to yours (mid-160s LSAT, 4.0 GPA) and even though I ended up at what I think is the best fit for me I still kick myself for not applying more broadly. You don't want to have doubts in your ultimate choice just because you still wonder "what if". Plus, I know a 165/4.0 who got Northwestern and a 166/3.9 (ED) who got Penn this year, so there's always a chance.

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Re: reaching for the stars

Postby robotclubmember » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:41 am

^^^ def true, it's possible.

but you will optimize your chances at scholarship money with a retake. let's assume it takes 200 hours to get from a 167 to 171 (which I'm sure it won't take that long). that four point increase i would guess would get you at east $50K in scholarship at the same schools you would you would have been accepted to at sticker with the 167. if anyone thinks that's wrong feel free to offer an appraisal. but at that point, $50,000/200 hours is the equivalent of $250 an hour for every hour spent in honest study. what job do you have lined up that pays that much tangible monetary benefit right now? are you really that lazy to turn down a gig that pays that well?




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