Rkl88 wrote:TTTT ranked #1 with a 3.97 GPA and 5 book awards (if this matters at all). What is the highest ranked school I should be looking at? MVP? GULC? T20?
I do think book awards matter, especially if you can get LORs from those Profs. I think it helped my apps. However, the problem is that you are at a TTTT. I don't think Harvard took #1s from the 4th tier; I think they draw on the T1 and then grab a few #1s from T2 and occasionally a #1 from borderline T2/3. I don't have the data, but I'm not aware of anyone from the 4th tier who got into H or C/N.
IMO, you can apply to H if you want, but save the money on YS and Chi. Add C/N for your long shots, plus Mich, Penn, and Berkley, and then the lower T14 are strong options. I would also apply to GULC, it might be the only T14 you get because of how low your school is ranked.
I know this is somewhat more pessimistic than previous posters, but in my experience, T10 schools just don't reach that far down into 4th tier law schools. GULC is one of the best options for you b/c it is the most friendly to very low ranked schools. Congrats on an awesome 1L, being #1, and killing it in 5 classes. You WILL likely get something, be it lower T10 or T14. Keep your fingers crossed and apply broadly.