wert3813 wrote:jbagelboy wrote:For those of you who did go to mid tier large public schools, im curious why you did so? If you did well enough on the lsat to be considered for harvard law then you had to crush the SAT, and you must not be total slackers so AP classes wouldnt have ben very tough.
Two fold: First, 33ACT/1420 SAT 4.0 doesn't get what you might think. I did only take one AP class my junior year and made a two, although I had a broken dominant arm (I took a ton senior year and made fours and fives, but it's to late by then). Dinged at HY Duke G'town WL @BC (lol) That left Vanderbilt at sticker or [big state school squarely in the mid tier] for basically free.
Second, my parents told me they would either help pay for UG or Grad school. I had no clue what I wanted to do at 17. I didn't under Vanderbilt but me on a better life track than [BSSSITMT] so I chose the honors college at [BSSSITMT] got to register before seniors, had the best teachers, small class sizes, and a quality of discourse in class that was decent because they were honors classes.
It worked out. But if I'd made a 3.6 in college (and let's be clear I had no clue how important a 4.0 was in college) I'd be screwed right now.jbagelboy wrote: There is also momentum from the supply end, i.e. kids from top schools test better so its more likely they would make up a larger % of the class at top LS.
Some but enough to account for all of this. Think about this 62K is rough the enrollment of all the Ivies. Ohio State has 40K by itself. One school.
Also, I came from a very rural state (nowhere near where Sabanist and wert3813 go to school), so that might have affected what I could do, where I could go for college. (I was treated as in-state at my current institution because a parent works in my undergrad's state). In general, my counselors and teachers in high school were not very supportive. Therefore, I had lackluster recommendations most likely. Also, people in my home state aren't very appreciative of those who are successful. So even though I was a good student in high school, I never got "all the help I needed to achieve my dreams," per se. Even now, when I mentioned my HLS acceptance on Facebook, very few people from my hometown commented or liked the status. On the other hand, a ton of college acquaintances / friends did.
In undergrad, I could seek much, much better recommendations. Also, I feel that my school is much more appreciative of students' successes. We're encouraged to take challenging classes, join programs, do research, intern, etc. I feel that my current institution is much more appreciative and proud of my grad school acceptances than I expected.