3.93/171 URM Vet

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3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby hopefulgrunt » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:38 pm

First time poster who's been lurking for a while. 3.93 LSAC GPA with a 171 June LSAT (PT was around 165-167).

URM: PR male.

Softs: Veteran (completed Airborne and Ranger School while with 82nd Airborne), revived a Vets club on campus, volunteered at children's hospital and adult literacy program. Played two years of CC basketball, Track & Field.

Post grad WE: Judicial Fellowship with Superior Court Judge, currently working as a healthcare claims analyst.

Wife is a senior auditor with a Big 4 accounting firm and has the opportunity to promote as the end of the year to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles (we both went to UCLA), Dallas, or Boston. I've visited CLS, NYU, UChi, and NU. I really liked NU and NYU. My wife will be waiting to make her decision until I hear back from a school (pretty much ruled out Dallas and LA). I'm thinking about applying ED to NU for scholarship (felt most comfortable there), RD to NYU and hopefully get some $$, and taking a shot in the dark with an App at HLS. I've already used GI Bill.

My Brother-In-Law and Cousin work as Senior Associates for a V50 in NY. Both are telling me to ED to NU for $$$$, but I would like to end up in CA or NY.

Thoughts?

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby Smumps » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:52 pm

I wish I was you.

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Postby 06102016 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:59 pm

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby tyler.durden » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:00 pm

Smumps wrote:I wish I was you.


This. You are going to crush this cycle...

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby twenty » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:52 pm

Apply everywhere. I predict you'll get S/H and a full ride of at least one of CCN.

The obligatory "you suck because you're going to tie up 150k+ at each school in scholarship money" post. You can support the rest of us by withdrawing from your safeties (which will end up being like, UVA with 90k) when you're sure you're not going to attend. :p

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Postby 2014 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:56 pm

Don't ED anywhere imo. Everywhere, including NU, will probably give you close to a full ride regardless and HYS are very much in play.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby Triveal » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:06 pm

Smumps wrote:I wish I was you.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby Pocahontas » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:25 pm

Smumps wrote:I wish I was you.

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Lovely Ludwig Van
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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby Lovely Ludwig Van » Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:21 pm

If you apply this upcoming cycle, I think you'll get 2 of HYS and $$$ at each of CCN.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby NoodleyOne » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:02 pm

I'm jelly.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby CyLaw » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:07 pm

You're good. I agree with others that you should not ED anywhere unless you really, really want to go there. Scholarships should follow.

Also, which GI Bill did you use up? If you were eligible for Chap 30 and Chap 33 and only used up the 36 months of Chap 30, you can still get 12 months of Chap 33. This "loophole" helped me a lot during the first half of law school.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby hopefulgrunt » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:53 am

I did use the chapter 30 benefits and thanks for the heads up! I'm going to pass on the ED option and instead blanket the T14 and see what happens.

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Postby twenty » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:11 pm

hopefulgrunt wrote:I did use the chapter 30 benefits and thanks for the heads up! I'm going to pass on the ED option and instead blanket the T14 and see what happens.


I'm also going to recommend retaking for a 173. I don't really think you need it for any school but Yale -- but seriously, if you're that close, how hard would it be just to give it a little push and give it your all for YLS?

Before a stream of TLSers tell me to gtfo, I'm going to point out that if OP did get dinged from YLS, it really, really shouldn't be because the LSAT was below median. If anyone has an almost-lock, it's this guy.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby dpk711 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:23 pm

Smumps wrote:I wish I was you.

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Postby Nova » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:13 pm

Wormfather wrote:The only way this cycle sucks at all for you is if you ED anywhere. You are the holy grail of AA males. There are probably only 50 of us who broke 170. Hopefully, I'll see you at HYS next fall.

Based on these numbers, even less,

http://www.top-law-schools.com/archives ... 14&t=30912

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby somewhatwayward » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:18 pm

enjoy YLS. your wife could work in NYC and you could come in on the weekends.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby hopefulgrunt » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:21 pm

Thanks to everyone for the advice, although I'm Puerto Rican not AA! I'll be 34 when I graduate from LS and I worry about my age working against me with regards to landing biglaw so I may focus more on academia or PI. I'm applying T14 across the board with UCLA/USC, BU/BC, and Fordham as safeties.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby bernaldiaz » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:27 pm

hopefulgrunt wrote:Thanks to everyone for the advice, although I'm Puerto Rican not AA! I'll be 34 when I graduate from LS and I worry about my age working against me with regards to landing biglaw so I may focus more on academia or PI. I'm applying T14 across the board with UCLA/USC, BU/BC, and Fordham as safeties.


Entirely unnecessary to apply to UCLA/USC, BU/BC, and Fordham- in fact you might have a worse chance at those schools than the top 6 since they'll probably have such a hard time believing that you'll attend that they'll just wait list you.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby hopefulgrunt » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:41 pm

That thought did cross my mind. The only reason I thought about applying to safeties was to cover myself if for some reason my wife gets jobbed doesn't get to choose her new location and she gets stuck in one of the cities, lets say Boston, and I get rejected from HLS. Even then I would only attend with full scholy/no crappy stips, but I see where you're coming from.

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Postby bernaldiaz » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:43 pm

hopefulgrunt wrote:That thought did cross my mind. The only reason I thought about applying to safeties was to cover myself if for some reason my wife gets jobbed doesn't get to choose her new location and she gets stuck in one of the cities, lets say Boston, and I get rejected from HLS. Even then I would only attend with full scholy/no crappy stips, but I see where you're coming from.


If you don't mind spending the $20 per school (you will have fee waivers but just pay the LSAC fee) and spending the time to write a couple convincing essays about why you might actually go to those schools, then I see no harm in it. I was just saying you wouldn't have to if you didn't want.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby Doorkeeper » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:04 pm

Lovely Ludwig Van wrote:If you apply this upcoming cycle, I think you'll get 2 of HYS and $$$ at each of CCN.

I agree with this prediction.

Apply to YHS, CCN, and the rest of the T14 that you want to use for scholarship negotiation purposes.

You're going to have a great cycle.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby soj » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:24 pm

No school will dare reject you.

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Re: 3.93/171 URM Vet

Postby HBBJohnStamos » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:51 pm

twentypercentmore wrote:
hopefulgrunt wrote:I did use the chapter 30 benefits and thanks for the heads up! I'm going to pass on the ED option and instead blanket the T14 and see what happens.


I'm also going to recommend retaking for a 173. I don't really think you need it for any school but Yale -- but seriously, if you're that close, how hard would it be just to give it a little push and give it your all for YLS?


Considering that his highest PT was 167 and that he'll probably get into at least one of YLS peer schools if not YLS, this is dumb.




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