When to apply for best chance?

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When to apply for best chance?

Postby drake » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:23 am

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby blurbz » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:41 am

I think you should apply right when you get your Oct test score back. If you hear before your fall grades come in, it's likely that that .1 wouldn't have made much of a difference anyway, positively or negatively. Applying early means that schools have filled fewer seats and are more likely to take people that are a little closer to the medians than the 75ths than they might be later in the cycle.

If you're still waiting on schools to make a decision once the semester ends, have another transcript sent to LSAC and it'll update those applications automatically.

Win-win.

Good luck.

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby TaiRuiJin » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:47 am

Apply as early as you can after October LSAT with a good addendum about grades.

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby World B. Free » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:48 am

blurbz wrote:I think you should apply right when you get your Oct test score back. If you hear before your fall grades come in, it's likely that that .1 wouldn't have made much of a difference anyway, positively or negatively. Applying early means that schools have filled fewer seats and are more likely to take people that are a little closer to the medians than the 75ths than they might be later in the cycle.

If you're still waiting on schools to make a decision once the semester ends, have another transcript sent to LSAC and it'll update those applications automatically.

Win-win.

Good luck.


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Fill out all your apps during the 3 weeks it takes to get your score back from October's test. Once you get your score, send them in. Assuming an LSAT of 170+ you should be in good shape. Hope things go well.

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby flyingpanda » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:32 am

2.99 is not a death sentence. Schools will see it as a 3.0

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby KMaine » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:51 am

Apply after taking that year off and get the work experience that will help you get into Northwestern. Also try Georgetown. I am not sure if either Michigan or Virginia is really splitter-friendly. If VA, you will def. have to do better than 170, as that seems to be the bare minimum for even relatively high GPAs. Good luck.

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby Dr. Strangelove » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:29 am

Apply as early as possible. Your grades aren't going to go up that much.
They'll see the improvement and it could work in your favor.
Even a 2.8-2.9 isn't entirely a death sentence.
Think like a lawyer.
Your chances aren't great at T14- but they aren't 0% at T-14. (At least some of them..)
People are going to tell you you have no chance at a lot of places but what they mean is that your chances aren't good but are a non-zero number.
(You can forget Harvard/Yale/Stanford/UC-Berkeley/Chicago/Columbia though... those actually are 0.)

Schools Which Are Splitter Friendly (from what I've seen..)
Georgetown (Probably your best bet, prediction: nothing lower than a waitlist.)
Northwestern (WE- yes!, No WE- chances are still better here than some of the other T14's)
Michigan (Admissions process seems very holistic- so it's hard to tell)
Virginia (VA residency and ED would help you)
Penn (before people attack me- Penn does accept sub 3.0's, just not often and you probably need at least a 175 to be considered- so when people talk about the 2.99/171 who didn't get into Penn- too bad that person didn't get a 177+. But yea, if you only get a 170-172- you can forget Penn.)
NYU (probably wouldn't accept a ~3.0 though)

School Which Should Be Splitter Friendly
Cornell (It's 75th percentile LSAT is a 168 but still there are high LSAT/low GPA splitters who get accepted at Penn but rejected at Cornell..)

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby JOThompson » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:48 am

If you're willing to wait a little while, take time off, get meaningful work experience (to mitigate the low GPA), and then apply ED to Northwestern. Otherwise, apply as soon as your test scores are in hand. That extra .1 GPA is not so helpful as to justify a late cycle application.

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Re: When to apply for best chance?

Postby drake » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:38 pm

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