Join in the wild mass guessing about the odds of your numbers getting you into a particular school.
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Latino immigrant coming from a poor family in south america, constantly involved with volunteering activities. I have a Bachelor's in Applied Technology from BYU idaho with a GPA of 3.96 and an lsat score of 165. What are my chances ?
I would see what lawschoolnumbers tells you and then assume you'll marginally outperform that based on a compelling background story. Retaking the LSAT to get your LSAT > 170 or so would make you a shoe-in for a lot of money in the T14.
By all means retake the LSAT for a shot at HYS and greater scholarship money at other schools. But if your goal is just biglaw (which is perfectly fine), I would also encourage you to look outside of the HYS in the T14 as well if the cost of attendance is going to be significantly cheaper. This is a topic that has been discussed ad nauseam on on this board and on TLS so you can see pages and pages of debates on this.
rewarded how? can't spend prestige. i don't have anything against HYS. just cautioning against prestige-chase
As pancakes said, be careful prestige chasing when you may not fully appreciate how prestige works among the top law schools. For instance, if you don't get into Harvard, having YS as a fallback option would be pretty tough, as they are both more selective and much smaller classes. Further, depending on what you want as a legal career, it's pretty unlikely Harvard or YS will have an appreciably better chance of getting it. Heythatslife outlined what is most important: get the best bang for your buck value. If you want to get into Biglaw, a T14 on a scholarship is likely a better investment than paying big bucks for Harvard. If, however, you're really gunning for academia, Harvard or YS is a better play, but is also still a really hard outcome to achieve. Picking the right school/price option is the name of the game, so make sure you are casting a wide enough net to have your best options on the table. Going to Duke on a full ride for NYC Biglaw is a better investment than Harvard at full freight.
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