4.0/163, considering retake

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Tiago Splitter
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Re: 4.0/163, considering retake

Postby Tiago Splitter » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:06 pm

I was in your shoes a year ago. Studied but without really knowing what I was doing. Ultimately retaking and re-applying turned out great for me, which is why I recommend it so strongly. There really isn't any downside. And I was already in my late 20's, so I wasn't exactly excited to wait another year.

You only get to go to law school once. Give it your best shot and see what happens.

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Re: 4.0/163, considering retake

Postby 20130312 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:07 pm

You need to study for a lot more than three weeks.

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Re: 4.0/163, considering retake

Postby clarion » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:04 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:You need to study for a lot more than three weeks.


Agreed. Also, Idk if you should completely disregard UF (and that's coming from a Seminole btw lol). UF places very well in Florida, and quite frankly, I would dare say that there aren't enough 160k+ jobs in FL to justify paying sticker at a T14 in order to return here. That said, I DO think you should retake, because your GPA is out of control and you very well get plenty of money from UVA, Duke, what have you. But if you don't do much better (for whatever reason be it illness, stress, whatever), I think you should definitely keep UF as a solid option.

Additionally, according to this article, http://www.top-law-schools.com/retaking-the-lsat.html, both UVA and Duke take your highest LSAT score and don't average.

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Re: 4.0/163, considering retake

Postby seancris » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:23 pm

clarion wrote:Additionally, according to this article, http://www.top-law-schools.com/retaking-the-lsat.html, both UVA and Duke take your highest LSAT score and don't average.


Take a look at how the schools elaborate on their policies... I'm not sure if it's true or not. For example, Duke is in the "takes highest score" column, but elaborates that "research indicates that taking an average of the scores is most accurate" and that you need to submit an addendum to pursuade them that the bad scores shouldn't be held against you... maybe that accounts for the waitlists mixed in with scholarship offers?

TLS consensus seems to be that the highest score is almost always the one that counts, but all of those explanations by the schools at the above link are heavily qualified and nuanced. What do you guys think about that? Do you think the schools are just paying lip service or should the individual policies be taken seriously?

I mean I'll submit an addendum and the 163 will be a year and a half old next cycle. Should that be good enough for the schools that don't say they average?

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Re: 4.0/163, considering retake

Postby seancris » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:54 pm

BTW what would be the minimum LSAT score to get a scholarship to some T14?

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Re: 4.0/163, considering retake

Postby Tom Joad » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:57 pm

I think my buddy who has a 4.00+ and a 168 got offered $25,000 a year to UVA. Not even going to attend though :(

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Re: 4.0/163, considering retake

Postby Flash » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:27 pm

If you can get your score to a 171+ you could go to Duke or UVA for free or close to free.




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