Shooter wrote:(Maybe consider going to G'Town with $$ if you're into public policy? Your Harvard undergrad will provide all the prestige you could ever want, and being in Washington can only help your career. I know it's not the "best" law school, but it's just a thought - and it worked for Chris Van Hollen.)
I've actually been considering that -- thanks for the reminder. Georgetown offered me a fee waiver so I assumed it would be a possible backup. Do you have any thoughts on where I'd find their stats on public sector career placement, esp. so I could look at it in comparison to HLS (where I assume I'd have the best shot)?
Ragged wrote:And also your major is utter billshit. Go find a job with it and then tell me it's not. I know plenty of Econ majors who now enjoy wonderful careers at Starbucks. It's almost as bad as Philosophy.
At full risk of sounding like an Ivy tool, I'd say that's probably because of your undergraduate institution. As another example, "business" is a joke major at many schools; you'd be a dolt to argue the same of UPenn Wharton. My job prospects are fine (by which I mean I have a job lined up) and so are those of my classmates in economics -- most of them are ending up in finance (100k-120k), consulting (85k), & econ research (40k-60k) positions out of UG. This -- and not arrogance or desperate attachment to prestige -- is why I'm limiting myself to top law schools.
Okay, formally recusing myself from further discussion of this because I don't want to derail my own thread.
kazu wrote:According to LSN and TLS HLS has a "soft" floor at 3.8, and a "hard" floor at 3.7. People in the 3.7~3.8 range who get accepted have other things going for them in their application, such as URM status, Ivy UG, exceptional softs (by H's standards), etc., as well as a 175+ LSAT. It seems that under 3.7, only URMs get accepted.
I know someone (not URM, non-Ivy UG) who got in from waitlist under the "hard" floor straight out of college -- he does have higher LSATs though. Which leads to the question: what would these "exceptional softs" be? I'm no Rhodes Scholar, but assuming I have fairly rigorous (or 'prestigious') work experience and write an prize-winning thesis (this hasn't happened yet, obviously), can I expect that to make up for my GPA? IIRC, 'softs' and prizes tend to make up for GPA instead of LSAT, right?