[Help] How good are my "soft" scores for T14 scholarships?

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TexasWave
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[Help] How good are my "soft" scores for T14 scholarships?

Postby TexasWave » Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:48 pm

Hello everyone. Just took the LSAT for the third time today, expecting to get -8 points from my prep test average as usual (gamessss!)

I will probably get a worse score than before so I am looking at a 3.83 and a 169, with Texas residency. I am curious about scholarship chances at UT and T14 schools. Therefore, I am curious as to how good my "soft" scores are, because I am hoping they will push me over the edge of getting some money somewhere in the T14, especially in light of UT's matching program.

I am not sure what qualifies as a worthwhile soft score so here are what I think are the most mentionable:

-First-generation immigrant from a non-English-speaking west European country, started school in the US without speaking English.
-Was national merit finalist
-Lots of high school debate awards and clubs, was president of a big student organization at UT
-Interned for a US Congressman in high school
-Interned for a Texas State Rep in college
-Interned at the State Parliament of a big west European country
-Interned at the Federal Parliament of a big west European country in a pretty elite international program
-Will soon be interning for the State Dept at a US Embassy in a big west European country for several months
-At time of application, will be finishing up the last 4 months or so of a Master's Degree in polisci from a public ivy through an international (US-run) program through which I'll have studied mostly in Europe in a foreign language, probably with good grades (3.5-4.0)
-120 page undergrad honors thesis, some undergrad honors programs and some types of honors from graduation
-Essentially a full ride for my MA degree thanks to a federal Title IV FLAS scholarship
-2 paid internships at high-quality but small non-name law firms
-Around 9 or 10 smaller undergrad scholarships from various sources

I was always told that law school was 49% GPA and 49% LSAT score so I put the idea of soft scores out of my head so I wouldn't have to rely on them. If anyone here has any experience with soft scores, esp. re: T-14 and UT and Vanderbilt scholarships, please let me know what you think. Thanks in advance!

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Re: [Help] How good are my "soft" scores for T14 scholarships?

Postby Blindc1rca » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:12 pm

1. It would be nice to know your other LSAT scores.

Moving on,
Before all the "softs don't matter" people hop on here, let me say that I think you're in for some schollies at UT, Michigan, Duke. The rest of the lower T-14 are a crapshoot, but you have better odds than most.

Just to clarify, here is how I believe it works at a lot of schools.

Merit Scholarship A: Given to 50% of applicants at or above XGPA and XLSAT (or some other scale based on a composite formula of the two)
How do they choose that 50%? Softs.

Good luck.

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Re: [Help] How good are my "soft" scores for T14 scholarships?

Postby francisConn » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:46 pm

Should get about 75k at Texas.
http://texas.lawschoolnumbers.com/applicants

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Re: [Help] How good are my "soft" scores for T14 scholarships?

Postby TexasWave » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:15 am

Thanks so much for your comments guys.

My other LSAT score was a 167 (so I went down 2 points). I took it again on Saturday and I expect anywhere 165-171. Not surprising considering I was taking a prep course several times a week before the first test, and the 2nd and 3rd were during a 20 month period where I moved cities/countries like 8 times.

Francis- I am seeing 75k as the numbers for out of state people, i.e. in-state tuition. However, from looking at Texas residents (which I am, UT undergrad), I see 20k-28k, which would be absolutely fantastic.

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Re: [Help] How good are my "soft" scores for T14 scholarships?

Postby TexasWave » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:24 am

I am also wondering if they offer any kind of increased scholarships if we are looking at doing a joint JD-MA program at UT, as that is 4 years worth of tuition instead of 3.




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