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Everything posted by bigboybaruch

  1. Sure, in an overcrowded field you need to reduce the number of competitors. That's standard game theory. If you use well-founded arguments, you reduce the number of intelligent competitors, which is even better.
  2. OP stated that "Undergrad GPA is better than 3.9." That's priceless for law school, since it's much harder to raise your GPA than to raise your LSAT score. With your experience, wakeupright, do you think an MA in philosophy would make a good "soft" for admission to places like Harvard, Yale, or Stanford? With so many applicants with good numbers, they need a way to further select from that pool. I read a commentary by a guy who got a PhD in philosophy at Georgetown and was writing as a law student at Yale. If I had a better GPA, I'd try to do the same thing.
  3. I find it amusing that on the Missouri website they say they don't have an MA program. But on the other hand, some people get an MA and then *cough* transfer. They know how the system works, they know they're going to lose some of their best students, and they don't hinder them. I commend them for that.
  4. Yes, there is a place like GradCafe for law school admissions. It's called Top Law Schools, and I highly recommend it. As far as those links for determining your chances of admission, they do have some value, but I prefer Law School Numbers and its auxiliary site, mylsn.info. At mylsn.info, I prefer the search function to the graphing function. I've played with it a lot myself, and I'm sure you'll see much better chances than I ever have. You may not realize how priceless that 3.9 GPA is, but everyone at Top Law Schools is acutely aware of that. They'll also tell you to retake the LSAT
  5. Thanks, I think editing my posts is a great idea. I did ramble a bit, but I'm very interested in these topics and have lots of questions myself. And, of course, no one else had bothered to reply for 18 days. I hope Ian finds a good path for what he's trying to do.
  6. As far as my own plans go, it's occurred to me that I've probably blown whatever chance I had of getting a PhD in philosophy, history, political science, etc...So I'd have to study legal history, jurisprudence, or whatever interests me only within a law school. The LSAT, early admission, and the widespread acceptance of transfer admissions would at least give me a chance of becoming a legal thinker of some sort. I'm also willing to forego a specialty in jurisprudence or constitutional law, since those areas are so overcrowded and affirmatized that I have essentially no chance of making a caree
  7. I made another post that I thought was good, but the site kicked me out and destroyed what I wrote. Let me just say that I don't consider UCLA law school as good an option for you as getting a PhD in philosophy. You've got to figure out why you're not getting responses from the philosophy programs. If you do figure it out, then waiting and reapplying would be far better than going to UCLA. The primary reason is debt, which requires you to find a legal job. Even if you go the public interest (PI) route, you have to find a PI job or succession of jobs, which is not so easy to do any more, and th
  8. "A few joint programs can help you get the JD funded better, but they won't help your legal resume." What I meant by that is that they won't help you any more than getting the PhD first would help. Obviously the PhD would help for certain teaching and research specialties in law school. And the generous funding for joint programs at some places, especially Stanford and Penn, could keep the law school costs under control. I'd recommend the joint JD/PhD in philosophy at Yale, NYU, Harvard, Columbia, or Duke as well if they were funded, but they don't give as much information as Stanford and
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