Should I apply? Or wait...

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icj103987
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Should I apply? Or wait...

Postby icj103987 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:30 pm

Hello,

I am a senior at UT-Austin this upcoming year, deciding on if I should apply for law school this year, or continue on in schooling for another year post senior year and apply next year. I am a transfer student from a community college, so law schools would see about 66 credits from the CC and roughly 30 credits from UT-Austin up to this point. Also I have 3 W's from the Community college, because I was younger and stupid. Overall I have a great upward trend.

Stats:
CC GPA: 3.30/UT GPA 4.0/combined GPA is about a 3.51
LSAT: 172
4 LOR, 1 from CC, 2 from UT Austin, and 1 from congressman I interned for.
Softs: Nothing worth highlighting. Jobs throughout college, 1 internship for a local congressman, membership or officer position's in various student organizations on campus, Deans list as well as on campus honors program member.
URM: AA-Male

Overall, I just want to know if with my stats I have a solid chance at some T-14's this application season, or if I should postpone until next application season. Thanks.

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Re: Should I apply? Or wait...

Postby pancakes3 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:37 pm

This season as in start school in the fall? It's pretty late in the game. The rules are bent for URMs but even then I don't see how you wouldn't do better by applying for the 2017-2018 school year. Scholly money is more or less accounted for and class sizes are more or less set.

Great LSAT though. I suppose you owe yourself a retake but I think you're sitting pretty for lots of money from T-14s. Start applying to jerbs and enjoy your gap year. There are worse things to do with your life than being a young professional with disposable income in Austin.

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Re: Should I apply? Or wait...

Postby icj103987 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:57 pm

pancakes3 wrote:This season as in start school in the fall? It's pretty late in the game. The rules are bent for URMs but even then I don't see how you wouldn't do better by applying for the 2017-2018 school year. Scholly money is more or less accounted for and class sizes are more or less set.

Great LSAT though. I suppose you owe yourself a retake but I think you're sitting pretty for lots of money from T-14s. Start applying to jerbs and enjoy your gap year. There are worse things to do with your life than being a young professional with disposable income in Austin.


No, I meant applying when apps open up in the fall for 2017-2018 school year. Thank you for your input though; do you feel as though law schools might value a gap year with a job more or less than improving my GPA? I feel like my GPA is a little low, but I don't think it justifies spending another year in college for 15k, when I could be out making money.

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Re: Should I apply? Or wait...

Postby pancakes3 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:38 am

http://mylsn.info/r/pre-law/admissions/search/

sift through the admission numbers and see what your chances are. i think a 3.5/172 makes you pretty competitive to anywhere up to and including harvard. i remember reading on here anecdotally that the number of AA 170+ scorers nationwide is double-digits.

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Re: Should I apply? Or wait...

Postby texcellence » Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:43 am

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Re: Should I apply? Or wait...

Postby icj103987 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:25 pm

Thank y'all for your inputs! I believe I will go ahead and apply for the 2017-2018 school year and see how it goes; if it works out then great, if not then I will go ahead and enter the workforce for a little bit and gain some more experience.




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