wired wrote:Trucker, I have seen you on a bunch of the other threads. I just checked your LSN profile - any reason you applied so broadly (e.g. Baylor, W&L, etc.) with such incredible numbers?
There are a few reasons, really. First, having been out of school for so long, without any real significant accomplishments in the intervening period, I really was not sure how schools would see me as a candidate, despite the numbers. (I had one friend who swore that I shouldn't write my PS about truck driving because professional academics would take offense at my comparing truck driving knowledge to school knowledge -- I wrote it that way anyway, because that is really all that I had but I am still not sure I won't run into a couple of intellectual snobs) Also, having been out of school so long, I am not 100 percent confident that I would be able to jump right in and immediately compete for top of my class at HYS. Wherever I go, I want to be competitive for the highest honors.
Secondly, I'm 33 and don't have a lot of extra time to pay loans off. That combined with the general economic climate has made me decide that I'm not going anywhere that doesn't give me a full ride. This made me cast my net as wide as possible, and also led me to avoid certain of the top schools where I simply wasn't a candidate for their top scholarships.
Third, I want to go somewhere where I will enjoy my law school experience. I have no desire to spend these three years in NYC, Chicago, or Cali, so, despite the quality of the schools there, I didn't apply to them.
I realize that this is overkill, and don't feel that it is entirely directed at you. I have been asked similar questions many times on this board, so I wanted to lay it all out there. Everyone feel free to attack me now