Nothing like an entry-level job search to make a legal job search seem downright convivial. Not that TLSers are known for their blithe optimism about the legal job market, but as far as I know, law firms are not inviting people to interviews in order to rob them, murder them, and bury them in shallow graves. But, I digress.
09/10 cycle I applied around February due to a delayed LoR. 3.5 TTT UG GPA, 172 LSAT. Middling softs. I've never read my LoRs, but they didn't keep me from getting into T14, so I assume they were flattering. Not offered any money, but obviously I was late to the party and only applied T14+BC/BU/Fordham.
My only grades from 1L are from first semester, and were B x3 and B- x2. Mediocre, obviously, but not repulsive. I did not establish lasting relationships with profs that are likely to parlay into LoRs. I could probably get a professor who you know by reputation to write me a letter saying that I attended his class and didn't embarrass myself excessively, but that's about it.
The strategy that I'm considering is to reapply and target a T1 or T2 state school, where my below average ambition (at least by TLS standards) will pair nicely with low tuition and mid-size job markets. You'd think I would have done that the first time. Yet here we are.
My basic questions are:
- What are my chances for getting in/getting money around the 30s in T1? How about T2?
- If you don't think I'll get in, how would you feel about my chances with in-state privileges at a state school with over 50% in-state admits?
- Would it be possible/advisable to recycle my UG LoRs from a couple of years ago?
- Any other feedback about reapplying after dropping out would be more than welcome.
Thanks for your time. Strangely, you TLSers can be some of the most informative misanthropes on the internets. Please believe that I say that with love.