URM Current Undergrad Seeking Advice

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du1524
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URM Current Undergrad Seeking Advice

Postby du1524 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:27 pm

Hey everyone,
This is my first time posting, as I am an slightly frequent browser, but finally decided to take a stab at this. I am a 22M URM at a private university in the Midwest majoring in Economics. I've had law school aspirations for a long time, and it seems that no matter how much negative news concerning crushing debt and dwindling prospects I read, I never seem to stray away from this path. I was originally planning to study Polisci, but switched to Econ after I left junior college because I didn't want to pigeonhole myself w a cliche law school major (no offense to anyone). Despite having these aspirations, there were times during my undergrad career when I was slightly discouraged and unsure about this path. I'm the type of guy where if I don't have a distinct goal I'm working toward, I can sometimes become aloof and lose motivation. That, among with many personal issues, led to a substantial drop in my GPA (Think 2.X). This year I've been working to rebuild confidence and outline my strengths in terms of future academic and professional endeavors. I've been talking to attorneys, law students, and visiting schools, and I really feel like a career in law is something that plays to my personal strengths, and is thus a field I could succeed at and enjoy. Right now, I realize that I've made my journey to a good law school more difficult, but I'm still confident I can make this happen. I still have this year to raise my GPA, but I feel like my biggest lifeline is knocking the LSAT out of the park (I'm aiming for 170; I know, easier said than done). I'm keen on staying in the Midwest for school and eventually practicing in Chicago; I think I may be able to get into UIUC or Wash U, as I've heard they are splitter-friendly. I know its hard to make any calls without discrete numbers in terms of my GPA or my prospective LSAT, but I just wanted to see if anyone has some good advice about how to make this happen. Thanks guys.

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Re: URM Current Undergrad Seeking Advice

Postby sweets91 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:34 pm

du1524 wrote:Hey everyone,
This is my first time posting, as I am an slightly frequent browser, but finally decided to take a stab at this. I am a 22M URM at a private university in the Midwest majoring in Economics. I've had law school aspirations for a long time, and it seems that no matter how much negative news concerning crushing debt and dwindling prospects I read, I never seem to stray away from this path. I was originally planning to study Polisci, but switched to Econ after I left junior college because I didn't want to pigeonhole myself w a cliche law school major (no offense to anyone). Despite having these aspirations, there were times during my undergrad career when I was slightly discouraged and unsure about this path. I'm the type of guy where if I don't have a distinct goal I'm working toward, I can sometimes become aloof and lose motivation. That, among with many personal issues, led to a substantial drop in my GPA (Think 2.X). This year I've been working to rebuild confidence and outline my strengths in terms of future academic and professional endeavors. I've been talking to attorneys, law students, and visiting schools, and I really feel like a career in law is something that plays to my personal strengths, and is thus a field I could succeed at and enjoy. Right now, I realize that I've made my journey to a good law school more difficult, but I'm still confident I can make this happen. I still have this year to raise my GPA, but I feel like my biggest lifeline is knocking the LSAT out of the park (I'm aiming for 170; I know, easier said than done). I'm keen on staying in the Midwest for school and eventually practicing in Chicago; I think I may be able to get into UIUC or Wash U, as I've heard they are splitter-friendly. I know its hard to make any calls without discrete numbers in terms of my GPA or my prospective LSAT, but I just wanted to see if anyone has some good advice about how to make this happen. Thanks guys.


It seems you've already answered your questions in your post. (which is good!) You've talked to people, you're getting your gpa up, you plan on studying for the LSATs to get above 170. That's really all you can do, right? Just make sure to keep up that confidence and don't slide back into the habit of losing motivation

Is there a specific question you want addressed by this post?

du1524
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Re: URM Current Undergrad Seeking Advice

Postby du1524 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:59 pm

sweets91 wrote:
du1524 wrote:Hey everyone,
This is my first time posting, as I am an slightly frequent browser, but finally decided to take a stab at this. I am a 22M URM at a private university in the Midwest majoring in Economics. I've had law school aspirations for a long time, and it seems that no matter how much negative news concerning crushing debt and dwindling prospects I read, I never seem to stray away from this path. I was originally planning to study Polisci, but switched to Econ after I left junior college because I didn't want to pigeonhole myself w a cliche law school major (no offense to anyone). Despite having these aspirations, there were times during my undergrad career when I was slightly discouraged and unsure about this path. I'm the type of guy where if I don't have a distinct goal I'm working toward, I can sometimes become aloof and lose motivation. That, among with many personal issues, led to a substantial drop in my GPA (Think 2.X). This year I've been working to rebuild confidence and outline my strengths in terms of future academic and professional endeavors. I've been talking to attorneys, law students, and visiting schools, and I really feel like a career in law is something that plays to my personal strengths, and is thus a field I could succeed at and enjoy. Right now, I realize that I've made my journey to a good law school more difficult, but I'm still confident I can make this happen. I still have this year to raise my GPA, but I feel like my biggest lifeline is knocking the LSAT out of the park (I'm aiming for 170; I know, easier said than done). I'm keen on staying in the Midwest for school and eventually practicing in Chicago; I think I may be able to get into UIUC or Wash U, as I've heard they are splitter-friendly. I know its hard to make any calls without discrete numbers in terms of my GPA or my prospective LSAT, but I just wanted to see if anyone has some good advice about how to make this happen. Thanks guys.


It seems you've already answered your questions in your post. (which is good!) You've talked to people, you're getting your gpa up, you plan on studying for the LSATs to get above 170. That's really all you can do, right? Just make sure to keep up that confidence and don't slide back into the habit of losing motivation

Is there a specific question you want addressed by this post?


Thanks a lot for the speedy reply. I guess I'm mainly looking for reassurance that my law school aspirations aren't dead and gone because my gpa has dropped so much. So no specific questions really, maybe some accounts from splitters or people that know of splitters that ended up finding success in admissions despite a low gpa would be inspiring. I know the high risks associated with choosing the right law school, and I just want to make sure this can still be feasibly positive educational investment despite currently having a bad gpa. But thanks a lot for your input! I'll be working hard this year to keep the positive vibes coming.




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