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mikeditkaisgod
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Chicago Big Law

Postby mikeditkaisgod » Tue May 31, 2011 5:10 pm

Hello tls world,

I'm glad I stumbled upon this forum. I'll be applying to various law schools next fall and was hoping some of you could help me in deciding where to apply and probably most importantly, where to ED.

Stats: 3.34 GPA, 173 LSAT

Softs: Some volunteer stuff during college; 3 years active duty Army; worked part-time at same job during high school and college

I'm currently working on my personal statement and have good lor's.

Obviously from the title of my post, you can see that I desire Chicago big-law..... Any advice as to where I should apply or my chances at getting accepted at various schools that I'm planning on applying to would be greatly appreciated.

So far, I figured that I would apply to Michigan, Northwestern, Illinois, and Notre Dame. Should I ED to either Northwestern or Michigan to increase my chances of getting accepted? I'm debt adverse, but the GI bill will help me out quite a bit with loans and I believe that even if I get caught paying sticker at Michigan, my GI bill will cover the majority of it. I'm also a resident of Illinois and grew up in the Chicago area if that helps anything at all.

Thanks for your time.

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Re: Chicago Big Law

Postby TaipeiMort » Tue May 31, 2011 5:17 pm

mikeditkaisgod wrote:Hello tls world,

I'm glad I stumbled upon this forum. I'll be applying to various law schools next fall and was hoping some of you could help me in deciding where to apply and probably most importantly, where to ED.

Stats: 3.34 GPA, 173 LSAT

Softs: Some volunteer stuff during college; 3 years active duty Army; worked part-time at same job during high school and college

I'm currently working on my personal statement and have good lor's.

Obviously from the title of my post, you can see that I desire Chicago big-law..... Any advice as to where I should apply or my chances at getting accepted at various schools that I'm planning on applying to would be greatly appreciated.

So far, I figured that I would apply to Michigan, Northwestern, Illinois, and Notre Dame. Should I ED to either Northwestern or Michigan to increase my chances of getting accepted? I'm debt adverse, but the GI bill will help me out quite a bit with loans and I believe that even if I get caught paying sticker at Michigan, my GI bill will cover the majority of it. I'm also a resident of Illinois and grew up in the Chicago area if that helps anything at all.

Thanks for your time.


Your GPA is probably too low to ED uChicago. It would be cool if you could ED both uChicago and Northwestern.

I'm pretty sure you are in at Michigan with an ED. If you have work experience, then Northwestern with an ED.

Apply early, like the first day you can with an ED. Maybe be the first application they review.

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Re: Chicago Big Law

Postby 09042014 » Tue May 31, 2011 5:27 pm

I think you'll get NU without an ED. So don't ED to Mich or NU. Northwestern is better for Chicago big law. But Michigan might fork over some money.

Maybe ED at Uchicago. But ED is a big commitment, not a trump card that must be played.

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Re: Chicago Big Law

Postby Corwin » Tue May 31, 2011 7:00 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I think you'll get NU without an ED. So don't ED to Mich or NU. Northwestern is better for Chicago big law. But Michigan might fork over some money.

Maybe ED at Uchicago. But ED is a big commitment, not a trump card that must be played.

+1. Agree with all of this.

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Re: Chicago Big Law

Postby mikeditkaisgod » Tue May 31, 2011 7:34 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I think you'll get NU without an ED. So don't ED to Mich or NU. Northwestern is better for Chicago big law. But Michigan might fork over some money.

Maybe ED at Uchicago. But ED is a big commitment, not a trump card that must be played.


The reason I was concerned about getting denied at NU without an ED is because of my post-grad work experience. I worked all through college and then after graduating joined the Army. I didn't want to be an officer so I went in as an enlisted grunt and haven't used my degree at all (except for getting a higher starting rank). What I'm getting at is that I haven't really used my UG degree for anything and was wondering if that would kind of be frowned upon by NU's admission committee (even though my UG degree is in history and I'm not sure what I would have done with it anyway lol).

I doubt that I'll ED at UChicago. I'll probably apply, but I won't be mad if I get denied. Considering the title of my post, that probably seems dumb, but I've heard from a couple different people that UChicago is ultra competitive and not enjoyable at all (perhaps a current UChicago student could refute these rumors). I understand that law school won't necessarily always be enjoyable regardless of where a person attends school, but since I've been in the army the past couple of years, I'd kind of like to enjoy my time in law school.

Plus, I kind of assumed that my numbers were too low for UChicago anyways, even with an ED.

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Re: Chicago Big Law

Postby splitmuch » Tue May 31, 2011 7:36 pm

mikeditkaisgod wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I think you'll get NU without an ED. So don't ED to Mich or NU. Northwestern is better for Chicago big law. But Michigan might fork over some money.

Maybe ED at Uchicago. But ED is a big commitment, not a trump card that must be played.


The reason I was concerned about getting denied at NU without an ED is because of my post-grad work experience. I worked all through college and then after graduating joined the Army. I didn't want to be an officer so I went in as an enlisted grunt and haven't used my degree at all (except for getting a higher starting rank). What I'm getting at is that I haven't really used my UG degree for anything and was wondering if that would kind of be frowned upon by NU's admission committee (even though my UG degree is in history and I'm not sure what I would have done with it anyway lol).

I doubt that I'll ED at UChicago. I'll probably apply, but I won't be mad if I get denied. Considering the title of my post, that probably seems dumb, but I've heard from a couple different people that UChicago is ultra competitive and not enjoyable at all (perhaps a current UChicago student could refute these rumors). I understand that law school won't necessarily always be enjoyable regardless of where a person attends school, but since I've been in the army the past couple of years, I'd kind of like to enjoy my time in law school.

Plus, I kind of assumed that my numbers were too low for UChicago anyways, even with an ED.



I believe that as far as NU is concerned Army service counts as WE, and above average WE at that.

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Re: Chicago Big Law

Postby jtemp320 » Tue May 31, 2011 7:39 pm

I agree with whats been said and based on your goals and #s seems like NU would be a really good fit - just make sure to do a good job in your NU interview and with your application and I'd expect you have a very good shot.

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Re: Chicago Big Law

Postby 09042014 » Tue May 31, 2011 7:53 pm

mikeditkaisgod wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I think you'll get NU without an ED. So don't ED to Mich or NU. Northwestern is better for Chicago big law. But Michigan might fork over some money.

Maybe ED at Uchicago. But ED is a big commitment, not a trump card that must be played.


The reason I was concerned about getting denied at NU without an ED is because of my post-grad work experience. I worked all through college and then after graduating joined the Army. I didn't want to be an officer so I went in as an enlisted grunt and haven't used my degree at all (except for getting a higher starting rank). What I'm getting at is that I haven't really used my UG degree for anything and was wondering if that would kind of be frowned upon by NU's admission committee (even though my UG degree is in history and I'm not sure what I would have done with it anyway lol).

I doubt that I'll ED at UChicago. I'll probably apply, but I won't be mad if I get denied. Considering the title of my post, that probably seems dumb, but I've heard from a couple different people that UChicago is ultra competitive and not enjoyable at all (perhaps a current UChicago student could refute these rumors). I understand that law school won't necessarily always be enjoyable regardless of where a person attends school, but since I've been in the army the past couple of years, I'd kind of like to enjoy my time in law school.

Plus, I kind of assumed that my numbers were too low for UChicago anyways, even with an ED.


I think they look positively on military experience. It definitely counts.

I've heard the same thing about UChi, and I'm a NW students, and I love my class. But who knows how true it is.

I'd just apply to all the schools regular decision.




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