Originally Posted by ConcernedParent
I'm talking strictly about getting in. All sources indicate GPA along with LSAT= in.
. I'm fairly confident I will get in somewhere in the t14+UCLA, given that my work habits don't significantly taper off towards graduation or while studying for the LSAT. Money isn't really that big of a deal to me because I've been spoiled silly with a fortunate situation. I'm mostly worried about the bloodbath it is for newly grads; is it really that bad for a t14+UCLA grad (lets count UCLA since, Los Angeles is one place I know for sure I wouldn't mind living/practicing in)? The anecdote about Gtown grads I hope is more of a hyperbolic exception than the norm.
This along with the fact that, lets face it, I'm going to graduate with an impractical humanities degree. Though I have nearly as much of a quantitative background as business admin or econ majors, a good gpa and I attend a good school ("great" here on the left coast), it's going to be hard to convince employers that I can do anything besides HR monkey work. I feel backed into a corner and unsure what to do. I've been told all my life that getting into a good college was the "ticket", then when I got here I was told getting into a good grad program was the "ticket"- now that that's beginning to line up, my naivety is starting to realize that not only are there no free lunches, but shit is brutal even towards the top. needmoarprozac.
From what I hear, it really is that bad for just about everyone.
Again, a lot of it depends on what you want to do with the degree. If you want to practice, find a practice area that's typically in demand and won't be as susceptible to the technology revolution (ex. domestic relations). But don't think that any school guarantees you a Big Law job.
Use your alumni contacts. Obviously, not a guarantee, but most are usually happy to talk with you, and who knows where it leads. Similarly, take internships, especially if you can get credit (yeah, it sucks to pay to work, but it's usually one less test you have to take).
Make it out of the first year within the Top 25% of your class, and hopefully better.