3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby BriaTharen » Tue May 04, 2010 11:51 am

horsethief80 wrote:From what I've heard, based on the debt, assuming I got in, Tulane would not be a good option. I was also thinking about applying to Loyola NO to see if I could get some money. Also I took the February LSAT and am planning on applying as early as possible for fall 2011. Will getting it in early help my chances at all?


If your plan is to go to Texas, Loyola NO isn't a good idea. You would probably get money, but the downside is that Loyola is an unranked program whose main placement is in New Orleans. You're better off going to one of the other schools you have already listed. NO wouldn't do anything for you.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby Dr. Strangelove » Tue May 04, 2010 12:06 pm

horsethief80 wrote:From what I've heard, based on the debt, assuming I got in, Tulane would not be a good option. I was also thinking about applying to Loyola NO to see if I could get some money. Also I took the February LSAT and am planning on applying as early as possible for fall 2011. Will getting it in early help my chances at all?


It's different from school to school. Take a look at LSN.
However, for the majority of schools-sending in your application early definitely does make a big difference.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby gwuorbust » Tue May 04, 2010 12:13 pm

if you want Texas law, go to a school in Texas or t-14 or maybe Tulane if you get good $. Going to Tulane at sticker in general is not a good idea IMO and if you are after Texas then it would not be worth it at all relative to Texas schools

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby MoS » Tue May 04, 2010 12:23 pm

Someone else may have said this and I missed it, but I thought if you had enrolled at any law school in the past, you are technically a transfer student to a new law school. You might call and ask, because that could mean something completely different for your application process.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby BriaTharen » Tue May 04, 2010 12:24 pm

MoS wrote:Someone else may have said this and I missed it, but I thought if you had enrolled at any law school in the past, you are technically a transfer student to a new law school. You might call and ask, because that could mean something completely different for your application process.


+1- I completely missed the part about you already have gone to law school. This is definitely going to have an impact, especially if you left the LS with a poor GPA/ranking.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby Stringer Bell » Tue May 04, 2010 12:27 pm

JOThompson wrote:even though Texas hasn't been particularly nailed by the economic downturn.


The Texas legal market has still been hit. Maybe not as bad as some regions, but it is still hurting

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby horsethief80 » Tue May 04, 2010 12:30 pm

Oh ok thanks for all the info.

I did enroll but withdrew pretty quickly, within a few weeks like within the amount of time where I got some of my money back, and I was not around long enough to get grades or anything like that. I figured that would hurt me a little bit but maybe not as much as if I'd stayed and gotten bad grades or something.

And I'd wanted to stay in Texas or the region at least. Would applying to OU or New Mexico be good options? I'm not sure economically how the states are doing. But with NM, it's kind of the only game in town. I know there are lots of population and demographic factors, but would it be a decent option just bc there is only 1 law school in state so maybe not as much competition?

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby Stringer Bell » Tue May 04, 2010 1:03 pm

horsethief80 wrote:
I did enroll but withdrew pretty quickly, within a few weeks like within the amount of time where I got some of my money back, and I was not around long enough to get grades or anything like that. I figured that would hurt me a little bit but maybe not as much as if I'd stayed and gotten bad grades or something.



You definitely need to look into this further before you spend any time and money on LSAT prep or applications. I honestly don't have any idea how schools will treat that.



I'm sort of pulling this out of my rear since I haven't really looked at how the schools treat reverse splitters, but if they will look at you as a new law school applicant as opposed to a transfer student, given your law enforcement background I would personally be pretty surprised if you didn't get accepted to all the schools in your initial post. That said, have you looked at the LSAT prep forum on this site and done everything possible to max out, namely powerscore bibles and tons of PT's? If you could crack 163, Baylor might give you full tuition and if you could break 165+ you could probably get alot of money from SMU.

As to UNM and OU, I really have no idea how they place. You can probably count on not coming back to Texas though. They both dominate their region, but both legal markets are tiny. Biglaw is probably extremely unlikely from OU and nearly impossible from UNM. They might place ok into small law or in to PD and DA offices in the state. I know that some OU grads try to become landmen, but you don't really need a law degree to do that.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby kalvano » Tue May 04, 2010 1:08 pm

horsethief80 wrote:And I'd wanted to stay in Texas or the region at least. Would applying to OU or New Mexico be good options?



Seriously, how many times does it have to be repeated? If you want to be in Texas, go to a Texas school. There are lots of them, and with few exceptions, Texas employers are going to draw from Texas schools first.

End of story. Going to NM or Loyola or anywhere other than a Texas school is not a good idea.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby kalvano » Tue May 04, 2010 1:10 pm

Stringer Bell wrote:if you could break 165+ you could probably get alot of money from SMU.



I got a decent amount (over half tuition) with a 3.2 and a 164, so if he could get in to the low 160's, he'd be pretty set with that GPA.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby horsethief80 » Tue May 04, 2010 1:16 pm

Thanks again for all the info. I'd be more than happy with SMU, Baylor, or UH. I guess I'll figure out what category to apply under, start doing some LSAT prep, and take it again on one of the dates in the fall.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby kalvano » Tue May 04, 2010 1:30 pm

horsethief80 wrote:Thanks again for all the info. I'd be more than happy with SMU, Baylor, or UH. I guess I'll figure out what category to apply under, start doing some LSAT prep, and take it again on one of the dates in the fall.



Figure out which city you want to be in and target that school.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby MoS » Tue May 04, 2010 2:44 pm

This might be relevant to look at viewtopic.php?f=2&t=88826. I know you didn't drop out, but law schools will want to know why you withdrew.

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby horsethief80 » Wed May 05, 2010 2:06 pm

MoS wrote:This might be relevant to look at viewtopic.php?f=2&t=88826. I know you didn't drop out, but law schools will want to know why you withdrew.


That was a very helpful thread. Thanks for the info!

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Re: 3.81/159 chances SMU, Baylor, UH, LSU, Tulane

Postby horsethief80 » Wed May 05, 2010 2:08 pm

kalvano wrote:
horsethief80 wrote:Thanks again for all the info. I'd be more than happy with SMU, Baylor, or UH. I guess I'll figure out what category to apply under, start doing some LSAT prep, and take it again on one of the dates in the fall.



Figure out which city you want to be in and target that school.


Gotcha thanks. I think I'll shoot for UH, with Baylor or SMU/UH part time as safeties.




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