Lurker here starting first thread. I'm hoping you can indulge my what-are-my chances at a T14. (Have also read splitter threads, so helpful!)
--3.3x lib arts Ivy/175 (consistent diag, but here's to banking!)
--A couple of years work experience (not FT)
I'm considering applying fall '13, in order to take some law classes at a state school in the meanwhile, hoping it'll mitigate my GPA slightly (I know UG GPA is still the bottom line, sadly) and show interest in law. I'd work full time (hopefully) on the side, in a law related field, even for really crappy pay. (I have no previous law related coursework or WE.) Good/bad idea?
For several reasons, I also could get significantly better recommendations next year.
Thank you in advance, TLS! I promise to reciprocate as I gain more knowledge and can offer more than BS speculation. : )
I have a 3.3/175 as well, applied this cycle.
Your best case scenario is getting into NYU ED but it is by no means a given. ED to Chicago has a slim chance but unlikely. RD not happening and Columbia is not happening at all. ED to MVP are all a good chance but not guaranteed, RD to any of them is a crap shoot with M being your best shot but likely WL at all 3. You would need to do something for at least a year after graduation to have a shot at NU probably 2 years. Berkeley and Duke aren't happening, Cornell and GULC should let you in but at sticker or a trivially low scholarship amount. Happy to offer opinions below there but you asked for t14.
Your LORs, law classes, job etc are all relatively meaningless they won't mitigate much of anything. If it makes you feel better then by all means go for it, but you are doing so for the confidence and morale boost, not a tangible admissions boost.
Also to repeat because I can, a PT 175 is by no means a guarantee. If you have what it takes to do it on a PT you have the aptitude to do so on the real deal, but it will take a lot of work, good luck!