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lawyeringaround
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I am applying to US Law Schools for the first time. I am a POC woman and I completed my undergraduate degree from a top Canadian school in finance (I am canadian). My LSAT score is 160 and my GPA is around a 3.3 (78%). I have a very strong personal profile.

I have been looking through school rankings, LSAT ranges, and GPA ranges at schools but would love to hear suggestions on places to shoot my shot. How many schools do people apply to? Where is it actually worth it for me to apply? I don't want to have 1000x rejection emails so trying to get a balance of like insane schools vs i have a shot schools.

Some schools I am thinking about:

DREAM: Georgetown, Boston University, Boston College, Fordham, Berkley, University of Washington, University of California Irvine

OTHER: University of Florida Levin, Arizona State, University of California Davis

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CleanHands
  • Articling Student

There are US forums that I think are better tailored for good advice about this and I'm not going to go look up those schools one by one for you but for real, Georgetown has median admit stats of a 3.8 GPA and 167 LSAT...

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Rashabon
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Yeah I don't think you'll get the advice you are looking for/need here. Try the US focused places like TLS: https://www.top-law-schools.com/

I'd wager the majority of experiences people here have with US law admissions are either those that applied and got in to/rejected from T14, or those that were considering bottom feeders. Most of the US lawyers that have come through the forums in the past on both websites were generally Canadian graduates that practiced in the States as well.

Good luck.

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Renerik
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I had looked at US admissions before sitting down, laying out my finances, and thinking about what I wanted to do after law school.

I'll echo that you should visit the TLS forum and https://www.reddit.com/r/lawschooladmissions/. In addition, here are two calculators that estimate scholarships and admissions chances at most US schools.

  • https://lsatdemon.com/scholarships You can click on each school's 509 report to see what their GPA and LSAT percentiles were pre-covid. The calculator can be inaccurate because it assumes you applied in September using pre-Covid data.
  • https://7sage.com/predictor/ Uses pre-Covid data, your current chances are lower.

You have okay chances at getting into a few of your "other" schools, but you'd be paying sticker price if you got in at all.

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Darth Vader
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You need to do some research and adjust your expectations. Your GPA is low for both your Dream and Other schools, and your LSAT score can barely make up for it. 

https://www.ilrg.com/rankings/law/index/1/asc/Accept 

I am unsure whether you implied this but you being a POC cannot make up for weak stats, unless maybe you are an underrepresented Minority (URM) in the U.S. This is defined as a U.S. citizen who identifies as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian. 

Going to Ivey, Queen's commerce, or McGill Desautels for undergrad makes no difference on your chances. These schools get applications from ivy league grads with Wall Street experience. 

You should only do this if you are fairly certain you will live and practice in the US after and not return to Canada. If you are paying sticker price as an international student (40-50k USD/year), it is a very risky endeavour. You need to be confident that you will land a Big law job in the States to justify the costs. 

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