KissMyAxe wrote:I think you've heard mostly good advice thus far. Most of the T13 do not have the luxury of choosing based on undergrad if they want to maintain their rankings. Because of that, they only care about numbers to boost their ranking. I do not know about Stanford, but it seems they only care about you having as close to a 4.33 GPA wherever you do go. As some already said, at YLS, it might come into play. There are a small handful of professors who openly discriminate against state school students. Because any one of them could easily torpedo your application alone, it's more than the 1% of the calculus Mullens mentioned. However, for those few, your prestigious schools aren't good enough either, so I wouldn't lose sleep. One of YLS' most famous professors has said repeatedly that they should only be admitting students from HYP undergrad, because even the lesser Ivies need too much remedial help. But you also have a really good chance at missing them, and getting someone who views you holistically. Admission there is similar to feeder clerkships in a lot of ways, you have to do everything right, but then also get really lucky. And in the end it's not a big deal. So I really would not do anything based on YLS. I see no benefit of attending Davis or one of the others vs. St. Mary's. Go wherever you'll have the most money/be happiest.
If you achieve a 3.8+ GPA, a great LSAT (173 +), and do these unique extracurriculurs (I'm curious of what these would be) and internships, I'd expect you to likely get into at least 12 of the T13, with a decent chance at a sweep. Also, I think everyone "plans" to have perfect grades, a near perfect LSAT, have unique activities, and score great jobs. Things have a way of not happening the way you plan, so I think this is way too premature.
Very informative, thank you. And yeah, I wish I knew what those unique e.c's were too. As much as I would like to believe that my academic record will be as stellar as my high school, I've realized thats probably not going to be the case. Friends of mine that went to Cornell, who were in the same advanced program as me (the IB), have even said they wish they could have their high school gpa again. On the bright side, if all else fails I can always become a fashion designer for parrots- I've heard its in demand.