Critique my school list?

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Menchie
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Critique my school list?

Postby Menchie » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:39 pm

3.3 LSAC GPA, 171 LSAT, non-URM

ED to UVA or Georgetown? Or somewhere else?

List of schools: UCB, Boston, UChicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Emory, GWU, Georgetown, UMich, NYU, Northwestern, Notre Dame, USC, Texas, UPenn, UCLA, Vanderbilt, UVA, WUSTL

Suggestions to cross off the list are very welcome. I'm thinking of removing UCB, since they are not at all splitter-friendly.

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Re: Critique my school list?

Postby UVA2B » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:49 pm

Stop thinking of law schools as the goal. They aren't the goal.

What do you want with a law degree? Where do you want to practice?

You have a shot in the lower T13 with your LSAT, with next to no shot at places like CCN. But that shouldn't inform your decision, and what schools you should apply to/cross off is entirely dependent on what your goals are for the degree.

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Re: Critique my school list?

Postby Menchie » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:18 pm

Health Law is my goal. Not picky about location, but I would prefer D.C. or VA area. I just got my September results back and did score at the lower end of my PT range, so retaking is an option.

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Re: Critique my school list?

Postby UVA2B » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:26 pm

A retake could help if you underperformed for cost purposes. And health law could range pretty drastically from the low end (medical malpractice) to the high end (DOH, NIH, policy, etc.).

Considering you prefer DC and VA, I begrudgingly suggest UVA as your best option. If you're in-state, and you can negotiate, then UVA will possibly be your best option.

But you should still apply broadly.

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Re: Critique my school list?

Postby Menchie » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:37 pm

I am more interested in policy than malpractice, as I'm currently working with a healthcare law firm and very much enjoy the work. I am in-state! Why begrudgingly? Is it a crapshoot with my stats? Does applying ED make any difference, or does it just negate any chance of negotiation? Thanks so much for taking the time to help, by the way. I really appreciate it!

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Re: Critique my school list?

Postby UVA2B » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:39 pm

Menchie wrote:I am more interested in policy than malpractice, as I'm currently working with a healthcare law firm and very much enjoy the work. I am in-state! Why begrudgingly? Is it a crapshoot with my stats? Does applying ED make any difference, or does it just negate any chance of negotiation? Thanks so much for taking the time to help, by the way. I really appreciate it!


Begrudging because I try not to be a UVA shill, even though I unabashedly love the school and everything about it.

ED can make a huge difference at UVA, but you eliminate your leverage if you ED. If you need that leverage, you should hesitate to use it. But if you know UVA is the school for you and you have the cost covered, ED is a great call.

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Re: Critique my school list?

Postby Menchie » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:46 pm

Great! Thanks again for your advice. :)




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