A'nold wrote:Alright, here's the situation: It is not final yet, but I will likely be in the 5-10% range at a t3. I hate my ghetto school and really, REALLY want to go somewhere less ghetto. There are t3 schools out there that are respectable, but that is not my school.
Anyway, I was hoping to go up this semester in rank and have a shot at some t14 schools but that is highly unlikely now. I am going to apply to a few reaches, I think like Berkeley, NU, already applied EA ft/pt at GULC, Vandy and ULCA. However, the odds are against me getting into any of those schools. Targets schools seem to be the WUSTL/ND/Minn/GW/Emory range. My hopes of national mobility have fallen by the wayside and I am now looking at these strong regionals.
I would prefer to live in the PNW and will be applying to UW/Hastings/Davis/Irvine but UW is very hard to get into as a transfer and Hastings and Davis are out-of-this-world expensive w/ this whole tuition increase thing.
My brief contemplation of biglaw is also very much gone, to which I am actually pretty grateful, haha, and I am once again focusing solely on prosecution. I would love to hear from people regarding the employment prospects for prosecutors coming from the schools I am looking at. I am looking for a good regional school in a not completely saturated area (no D.C., N.Y., L.A.) where one has a good shot of landing some kind of prosecutor job SOMEWHERE, i.e., in a market where the school is king and grads are sought after locally. Trying to find a school where the cliche "outside of the t14, blank school is the most respected in the entire region" applies accurately. I honestly just want a job upon graduation working for the gov. to hit up the LRAP as I have federal UG loans as well that I want to get discharged. Thanks guys.
Hey bro, keep your hopes up. Often times, schools may recognize that the different between top 1-2% and top 10% may be just a few grades apart and a few people off. Seriously though, top 10% at your school is still incredibly hard to pull off and with the uncertainty of law school grades, I think you totally busted out still. Either way, you still got the scholarships. =P
That being said, the T14 is more of a reach, but I still think you should try, and apply to any Top 20-25 schools you would be interested in. Big law is also still out there, but definitely much tougher in this economy. In a good economy, you would definitely be in range.
Also, I think being "personally fulfilled, having a "higher sense of accomplishment," and making the right decision for your family are all great reasons to transfer. You still have a chance to follow your dreams, and it might just get there in an expected way. Personal ambition, pride, a feeling of importance, and avoiding embarrassment all seemed to be "secretly" important to many of my transfer friends, and I think those are strong reasons we all are hesitant to admit. It is just human nature, so run with it. I blame evolution.
I would love to be a prosecutor as well (who doesn't want to be Harvey Dent), but from what I have heard, it is tough all around. Good luck!