<p>3.83 gpa (top 20 LAC, poli sci major)
167 lsat</p>

<p>typical community service, religious, and government-related extracurriculars and internships.</p>

<p>I'd like a law school in a city or cool college town, with a good loan repayment program for graduates working for the government or in the non-profit sector. Ideally, this school would be open to deferrals (I'm applying for a Fulbright and maybe for Americorps), have a housing law clinic, and have fall-semester exams BEFORE Christmas break, so I don't have to go crazy and study during vacation.</p>

<p>Some that I've been thinking of are</p>

<p>reach: NYU, UPenn, Michigan, Boalt
middle: Minnesota, GW, Northwestern
safer: American, Brooklyn</p>

<p>But I'd love to expand my list and would like advice. Also, what makes a school a reach, a middle, or a safe, ie where should I fall on their LSAT and GPA scales to determine this?</p>

<p>Thanks so much!</p>

<p>You should add Georgetown to the list.</p>

<p>If you want to live in New York, consider Fordham and Corodoza (Yeshiva). Both are excellent schools, and New York law firms hire extensively from these schools (in addition to ivys & nyu). Their degrees don't carry as much weight outside of nyc though.</p>

<p>In addition to the schools mentioned, you may want to check out the University of San Diego (USD). It has a very good reputation, beautiful campus, and an excellent faculty. It would be a safety for you (Last year's incoming class at USD had an average LSAT of 164 and a GPA of 3.4).</p>

<p>I would definitely add Chicago , Columbia and Georgetown.</p>

<p>A thought... if you are looking for loan repayment, also consider going to a school which will just be less expensive anyway. If your state has a law school, apply there. If not, you might get reciprocity at a law school in a neighbouring state (tuition would be more than in-state but less than out-of-state). Consider rural schools, which tend to be slightly less expensive (that's where the "cool college town" thing comes in).</p>

<p>I've mentioned this before, but, unless you go to a top law school, you'll most likely end up practicing where you go to school. That's where most of the interviewers will come from, where your school is best-known, and where a lot of the alums are. Are you thinking either NYC or DC?</p>

<p>I'm definitely thinking state schools (Michigan, California, Minnesota, Washington, maybe Iowa) but unfortunately my state doesn't have a very good law school...SUNY Buffalo isn't quite what I'm looking for.</p>

<p>But AA, your advice is well-taken. I'm also looking into taking a year off to live and work in a different state in hopes of qualifying for in-state tuition. Do any of you know whether one can defer an acceptance, live someplace, and then qualify for their lower tuition rate?</p>

<p>I don't think that you can defer an acceptance to get in-state rates; however, you can probably live there and then apply to get in-state rates. Might be a two-year deal (live there from now until next year; apply in 2006; start in 2007).</p>

<p>UConn is pretty much automatic with in-state tuition after a year. I think that in-state is about $17k/year.</p>

<p>what lac did you attend?</p>

<p>In California, good state universities with strong law schools are UC Berkeley (already on your list), UCLA, and UC Davis.</p>

<p>she obviously goes to smith.</p>

<p>See <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>(VA residency saves about $6k/year at UVA and about $8k/year at W&M.)</p>

<p><a href=""&gt;;/a>
UConn residency saves about $8k year over MA, NH, RI, & VT and $17k/year over out-of-state. </p>

<p>Residency affidavit: <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>why is it obvious that she goes to Smith?</p>

<p>It's says it in her Biography :)</p>

<p>lol, thanks bjwbell :)</p>