- I have three LORs from undergrad professors. I'm confident that all three will be solid recs. Is that enough?
I'm planning on setting a deadline for myself to finish editing the PS and submit the completed application by the first week of November. If I'm ready sooner, great, but I want to make sure I have time to edit and get feedback on my PS. Is that early enough that I won't be shooting myself in the foot due to rolling admissions?
I've read that early decision is a bad idea if you're hoping for any scholarship money, and that it doesn't change your chances much anyway. Is that true, or should I go ahead and ED to one of my top choices if I can have my app ready in time?
Now, onto which schools to apply to. I'm not heart-set on a particular field/specialty yet, but I would prefer to have private sector big law / business law as a backup, and focus in something like int'l law, legislative/government law or public interest work - *if* I can expect good employment prospects and a manageable debt-to-income ratio. With that in mind, my list so far, in descending order of school ranking:
My current plan is to weed out any on that list that are not as good fits as I thought, add any good matches I overlooked, and pick maybe 2-3 schools lower in T1 which are known to be generous with scholarship and financial aid money. I'm not super picky about location, as long as it's a decent place to live, but I'd prefer a school with decent placement opportunities in the NY or DC markets or anywhere on the west coast. Like I said, any and all suggestions are welcome.