I really enjoyed Securities Litigation and Securities Regulation. I had a great experience with the SEC and would love to go back as a staff attorney. As far as your list goes, I think it has some very solid schools on it. If you are interested in Dispute Resolution & Arbitration/Mediation Services, Pepperdine has a fantastic program. Seattle is a good school, U or Oregon is also a good school. That said, I would take Cooley off of your list. Unless you have a particular reason for going there, the school does not have a very solid reputation. They may, however, offer you a full ride there (I think if you break a 163 or something like that the tuition is covered).
I was born in CA, but raised in Philadelphia, PA. I moved back to CA about 4 years ago for work. Aside from the weather, I don't much care for the atmosphere either.
for the encouragement about my GPA. I hope you are right. You know, what's really tough is that there is not good way to gauge my likliehood of admission anywhere. There are all these tools out there that you can plug your GPA and LSAT into to try to see where you fit well, but when your GPA track is like mine they are of little use. I'm confident that I won't be seen as a 2.6 student, but I also know that I won't be seen as a 4.0 student, either. But just where I am viewed between these extremes is going to be different for each school I apply to. It is frustrating to be going into the process somewhat blind... I hope your LSAT score comes through for you. If you are within a point or two of 160 or better, you should be in at nearly all of the schools on your list...
Yeah we do have some of the same schools in common. I am having a hard time deciding where to go and figuring out where I can get into. Well, best of luck to you.
I scored lower on the LSAT...and you still have a great chance of getting into the schools on your list. I agree...I fought the same battle (especially since I was averaging 163 on my practice exams) but the year wait would be difficult. Good luck with what ever your decision is!!!
You may as well send out a few apps and see how it goes. After all, you're already invested somewhat into this admission cycle. Good luck. I think you'll be surprised at how well you do...
We have similar numbers and schools. I'll be watching your profile. Good luck!
AmberRen posted a fairly comprehensive (and sensible) response to my (our) question about application timing on my profile. You may want to check it out....
That is interesting. I'm going to have to give that some thought. I wonder if/how an early, complete application can be bolstered a bit by sending transcripts as soon as grades are posted in December... or if once they're complete, that's it... Guess I should buy the book, eh?
You could include an addendum to your app in which you clarify that you expect your cum GPA to rise after grades post for the current semester, and that you are happy to forward them an updated copy of your transcript (or update LSDAS with the new information). That way they know to look for the updated information (if they are interested). The notification is important, I think. The law schools will request your academic report from LSAC on some date, and will not know to request another, updated report (or to request an updated copy of your transcript from you) unless you tell them it is coming or could be made available... I'm going to play it something like this, I think. I don't expect many will care or take the time to look for udated numbers. I'm more or less going to have to trust that my recent record speaks for itself...
Thank you so much for your post. Good luck to you too! I think you have a great chance of acceptance to all the schools on your list
I think your numbers make you a more competitive applicant than you give yourself credit for. Apply to at least a few of your dream schools and a few of your day-dream schools. I wish you the best of luck as well. Take care!
Your numbers are very competitive. T1 is still definitely within reach.
Paranoid about admins seeing my profile, not that I have done or said anything to be ashamed of.
People have been removing their info because of paranoia alone. They (myself included, probably because I'm too imaginative) fear members of admissions comittees lurk in the LSN shadows, waiting to match up applicants with their corresponding information on LSN/LSD in an effort to learn about the person in a voyeuristic manner. I might have said some stupid stuff, so I go blank until all decisions are final. I view this as a database of information from previous years for the future LS applicants anyway.
apparently i'm supposed to make a comment here since our numbers are similar. Good luck?
thanks for the message. fee waivers are always a great thing! applying late is a pitfall though... i applied towards x-mas of last year and it didn't work out well for me so i had to reapply this cycle. i just wanted to share my little personal tidbit, but your numbers are higher and so i hope things work out better for you. best of luck to you!
and good luck!
Ooops! That "logged user" listed above was me.
Hey, I just came across your profile through a weird series of random clicking. I *love* the essay you've written above (use it for your personal statement. . .if only we knew whether adcomms have sense of humor ;). I'm with you on the posting personal information thing. I originally didn't, but now the important stuff is up there. Why not? I'm proud of it. Good luck with your applications!
And I also have to say that your 'Personal Information' section is by far the most interesting I have read. When do you plan to start sending out applications? Thanks again for your kind words and support.
How are things shaping up? Have you polished your apps to a gleaming auto-admit shine?
We have the same numbers. Best of luck this cycle.
Hi, I hadn't logged in for a long long time, and so I just saw your reply on my page. How are things going for you? Still possibly going to L&C? I expect to hear back from them this week...
Thanks! I was extremely excited to hear back from the Oregon schools. Their scholarship offers weren't quite as awesome as I hoped, but maybe I can sugar them up. I must admit that I'm a little saddened by your decision to not go to law school. At the same time, I think you made a smart decision. I jumped right into my Masters program straight out of undergrad, and completely didn't realize I had already burned out on school. Now that I'm a few years out of school and used to the 8-5 thing, I feel like I'm ready to hit the books again. Time away from academia could be just the ticket for you to come back refreshed and ready to save the world. I wish you the best of luck in your next step! Feel free to email me; I'd love to hear what you're up to!
If you score a 160+ you absolutely have a great chance at a first tier school. Of course soft factors can help, but really, if you do well on the LSAT, everything else means almost nothing. You can go to a great school with a 165 and a 3.0.