Where and when to apply?

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Where and when to apply?

Postby mossfool » Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:23 am

Hey guys,

I'm currently finishing up my junior year and looking for advice on applying to Law Schools next cycle. I am a White/NA (CBIC and Tribal Cards) with a 178 LSAT and a 3.01 GPA. I had two years with a 2.20 due to some family issues before transferring. I have since maintained a 4.0 in Math/Finance double degree. I know it is easier to apply next fall, but if I wait until the spring semester I can have a 3.20 GPA. I was wondering when I should apply and what schools I should target? Any advice would be incredibly helpful.

Thanks!

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:05 pm

Being NA apply everywhere (all top 14), send in an updated transcript if your grades get better

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby tiltedwindmill » Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:31 pm

I would try to raise the GPA as much as possible, take a year or two off. But your stratospheric LSAT and NA status should give you a great cycle.

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby mossfool » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:53 pm

Thanks for all the input, I really appreciate it! It sounds like I should apply this fall casting a pretty wide net, and if not satisfied with the results continue to raise my GPA and apply the following cycle. For this coming cycle, though, where should I apply ED? I was going to do so at UT, is that too much of a reach? Finally, in blanketing the t14, should I be focusing on MVP down? Sorry for all of the uninformed questions, I am very new to the whole process and want to make sure I do it right.

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby NoLieAbility » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:21 am

You'll raise the mean LSAT at any school that takes you, you're perhaps the most underrepresented URM out there, and you can claim a upward-trending pattern of study behavior. I'd apply to HYS down to UT/UCLA, write a brief addenda highlighting your recent success and diligence re: your grades, and ask one of your LoR writers to speak to the change they witnessed during your academic career.

Don't ED anywhere. You're likely to be pleasantly surprised by a number of the responses you get, and there's a good shot that you will mean more to a T6 school than you will to UT.

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby iamgeorgebush » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:24 pm

where: every T14 school, perhaps a strong regional or two in the region you want to practice as safeties

when: as soon as apps are accepted in the fall

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby mossfool » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:15 am

I appreciate all of the advice, but am worried it may be an overly optimistic outlook as my advisor is pushing me towards the likes of Baylor and Texas Tech. I wanted to get some other opinions since I would definitely not be interested in law with those kinds of options. If not for the comments so far I doubt I would end up applying for law schools, so thank you very much.

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby chimera » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:37 am

mossfool wrote:I appreciate all of the advice, but am worried it may be an overly optimistic outlook as my advisor is pushing me towards the likes of Baylor and Texas Tech. I wanted to get some other opinions since I would definitely not be interested in law with those kinds of options. If not for the comments so far I doubt I would end up applying for law schools, so thank you very much.


If you truly have a 178 under your belt then your advisor is out of his or her mind, and possibly clueless. NA w/ established tribal affiliation and a 178? Enjoy HYS or any other t14.

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby yost » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:45 am

NA with a 178? Your advisor is an idiot. You will get into multiple T14s.

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby jacketyellow » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:08 am

Yeah enjoy a good cycle. Don't worry about the likes of Baylor. I don't know about Yale since they seem to have a hard GPA floor, and Stanford is a black box, but you should be fine at all the others -- with good scholarship money from all you are admitted to.

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Re: Where and when to apply?

Postby LET'S GET IT » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:39 pm

iamgeorgebush wrote:where: every T14 school, perhaps a strong regional or two in the region you want to practice as safeties

when: as soon as apps are accepted in the fall



This.

And your advisor shouldn't be advising anyone ever again.



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