YehudaBauer wrote:Hello there TLS-ers!
I know you guys are a very knowledgable bunch, so I am coming to you for some assistance making a very big choice for the next stage in my life. I am a white male, just finished my junior year at a T50 undergraduate school, have a major in PS with a 3.8 and an LSAT of 169. I have a preference for working and living in or near NYC. My choices for the future:
(1) Go to the best lawschool I can get into, costs be damned! (Cornell? Michigan? GULC?)
(2) Try to stay in the T30 and hope for a decent scholarship. (Fordham? BU? GW?)
(3) Take a full ride to a lower-ranked school. (Cardozo? Rutgers? St. John's?)
(4) (a) Take a year off and save up. (b) work, and then see if I can go to an evening-division lawschool. (c) some combination of (a) and (b).
(5) Screw lawschool altogether! It's a losing game and my numbers just ain't that special.
I welcome all advice. Just please--if you suggest (5), please throw out a possible realistic career choice for someone with my credentials. It's not easy to get hired anywhere these days, especially with just a PS degree.
I will really appreciate your advice!
Check out my profile. I have a 3.95/169 and also did PS. Even if the graphs don't look so friendly, applications have been going down and a strong application package should make you competitive at UVA/Penn/Michigan/Duke/Cornell etc. As you'll see, you can also get some good money from these schools, so set your sights high.
That being said, the whole test anxiety thing gives me pause. A large part of your legal future will depend on how your perform on just a few exams.