3.38, 171, grad degree

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3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby McPherson » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:24 am

Thanks to anyone who reads this. Its a thankless job. I appreciate any advice you can give me.

I'm a second year master's candidate in a Law and Society program at a #20 school in the field. I just hit 171 on my LSATs yesterday. My freshman year I went to a different school and earned a 2.8 cumulative gpa, averaged together with my undergraduate GPA at the other university I went to (same program I'm at for my graduate work) I hit about 3.38/3.4 depending. My graduate GPA is 3.9 from one year so far of work. (I know that's not atypical because grades are less valuable higher up).

I've been looking at William and Mary and George Washington University. (I really want to go to the former.) However with my LSAT score I'm wondering if I shouldn't aim for a couple reaches while I'm at it. Ultimately I want to put out five applications.

My question - what are three other schools I should apply to? Should I feel confident about either W&M or GW? Should I shoot for a safety while I'm at it- and if so, where?

Incidentally, will my grad degree get me any extra consideration, since its in a relevant field? I hear it really doesn't matter much.

I'd prefer to keep the schools within the Boston-Atlanta eastern seaboard.

Thank you again. I appreciate whatever help you can give me.

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby Grizz » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:27 am

Aim higher, but upward trends are a dime a dozen. Grad GPA won't help basically at all.

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:28 am

Since you are not tied to one location, consider "putting out" 10 apps rather than your planned 5. This year should be a down year for number of applications plus different law schools may view graduate study differently, so more applications may produce a surprise or two.

P.S. A high graduate GPA means little, but graduate study is viewed differently by various law schools.

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby bk1 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:44 am

Why do you want W&M so badly? Or even GW for that matter? You have a chance at lower T14's (UVA/Cornell/GULC/etc).

Grizz wrote:Aim higher, but upward trends are a dime a dozen. Grad GPA won't help basically at all.

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/


This.

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby McPherson » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:14 pm

William and Mary is small, which means I'd be able to do more in terms of a law review (which is one of my goals). I love the legal skills program there and the quality of professors is excellent as well. The price is cheaper than GW by a large number (GULC for that matter). Their conlaw rep is good to boot.

Do you think its more advisable to pay a large amount of money more to go to Cornell or GULC?

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:15 pm

It's advisable to apply & see what the results are. Need to apply to have options.

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby Grizz » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:20 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:It's advisable to apply & see what the results are. Need to apply to have options.

This.

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby McPherson » Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:02 pm

Alright - thank you. That's good advice.

Ideas on where to shoot for? Do you trust law school numbers more than law school predictor, etc., other sites in terms of what predictive power they have?

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby bk1 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:01 pm

McPherson wrote:William and Mary is small, which means I'd be able to do more in terms of a law review (which is one of my goals).


You realize that at any school you go to you will have a roughly 90% or so chance of not making law review?

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Re: 3.38, 171, grad degree

Postby Grizz » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:04 pm

bk1 wrote:
McPherson wrote:William and Mary is small, which means I'd be able to do more in terms of a law review (which is one of my goals).


You realize that at any school you go to you will have a roughly 90% or so chance of not making law review?

lol this




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