Realistic Expectations for Admission

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genesweeney

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Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby genesweeney » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:45 pm

53 year old PHD with significant professional experience, a 3.66 GPA in Graduate School, 2.95 in Undergraduate School...taking LSAT next week...realistically what do I need to minimally score to get into a school like Indiana University - Bloomington or Notre Dame?

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby californiauser » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:37 pm

Are you a URM?

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby Pumpkin_Pie » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:50 am

Why do you want to go to law school?

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby 20130312 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:15 am

Lawschoolnumbers.com is all that matters. UGPA and LSAT.

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby ScottRiqui » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:43 am

So you don't think that several decades of work experience and multiple advanced degrees could allow someone to outperform their numbers? For someone like the OP, I don't know that LSN is the best indicator, because the pool of applicants with similar backgrounds is so small (I know, I know - "special snowflake syndrome").

Also, I think a significant number of seriously non-traditional applicants might self-select away from the top schools in favor of lower-ranked regional schools if they're already established in an area (own a home, working spouse, kids in high school, etcetera), so it would be hard to tell if the admissions folks thought more highly of them compared to K-JD types with similar numbers. In other words, they can't tell if they would have outperformed their numbers because they selected a school with lower medians for other reasons.

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby Justin Genious » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:32 pm

Shoot for a 170 and apply to NW.

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Nova

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby Nova » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:35 pm

Assuming you arent a URM,

median.

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby CanadianWolf » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:22 pm

Difficult to predict since few with your extensive professional & educational background apply to law school.

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Re: Realistic Expectations for Admission

Postby mohuohu » Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:51 am

genesweeney wrote:53 year old PHD with significant professional experience, a 3.66 GPA in Graduate School, 2.95 in Undergraduate School...taking LSAT next week...realistically what do I need to minimally score to get into a school like Indiana University - Bloomington or Notre Dame?



As an IUB student, I would guess that they'd be happy to take you on even if you were below our median. The school likes to have older folk around, because they add a lot to the experience and we don't have too many of them.
I don't think your undergrad GPA would be relevant at all.

Disclaimer: I have no source or justification for my thoughts on this matter beyond informal conversations with admissions folks.



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