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ehist
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Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby ehist » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:56 pm

Hi I need some advice on whether or not I even have a shot.
Does a masters degree help your application when you have a low LSAT score?
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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby bk1 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:59 pm

Not really. You can probably get into a school with piss-poor job prospects and pay sticker if you really want to.

Just wondering, how did you study and how much time did you put into the LSAT? If it's nerves have you tried anything to deal with that?

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby whymeohgodno » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:59 pm

If this isn't a troll....

0% chance. Retake. Anything in the 130's must have meant you didn't study at all or you just aren't cut out for law school.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby revolution724 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:44 am

Unfortunately, your grad school GPA basically doesn't count for anything on law school applications. I was disappointed to learn this sad fact also.

Moreover, believe it or not, the LSAT does in fact test cognitive skills that are useful in studying law, at the very least (practicing is a different matter, but you don't get to practice if you aren't successful at studying it). If you find that you haven't been able to learn how to solve the types of problems posed on it, even with studying, I think you would not likely adapt well to the very artificial thinking style necessary to do well with legal studies. There's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't make you less intelligent or less than completely capable of doing many other things - teaching? Research and publishing? Business? Law is a very circumscribed area of study, and its appeal to people not already involved in it mostly undeserved. Forget about all the wailing about debts and jobs, however valid they may be. Sit in on a civil procedure class sometime. That would perhaps inform more clearly your wish to do this.

Apart from all of that, it's plausible that you could have a learning disability or something going on that interferes with your ability to test at your intellectual level - does it seem to make a difference if you take an untimed test, or do you have any issues that you know about like dyslexia or vision problems?

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby St.Remy » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:04 am

ehist wrote:Hi I need some advice on whether or not I even have a shot.

Ok here is the situation:
Took the LSAT 3 times- high score 132.
blah blah blah
Thanks!


This means that you got only 25% of the questions right. If you had figured out only three questions per section and guessed on the others you statistically you would have gotten a better score. Even if you had just filled in all random three times you would likely get higher than a 132 on one of those three tests. You are a flame, and if not then you have no business being anywhere near a law school, or even magazines for that matter.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby beachbum » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:07 am

St.Remy wrote:
ehist wrote:Hi I need some advice on whether or not I even have a shot.

Ok here is the situation:
Took the LSAT 3 times- high score 132.
blah blah blah
Thanks!


This means that you got only 25% of the questions right. If you had figured out only three questions per section and guessed on the others you statistically you would have gotten a better score. Even if you had just filled in all random three times you would likely get higher than a 132 on one of those three tests. You are a flame, and if not then you have no business being anywhere near a law school, or even magazines for that matter.


Funny (and harsh) but true. Might be time to consider a different career path.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby dissonance1848 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:09 am

All I'm going to say is the following; even if your college is easy as sin, if you can pull a 3.8, you must be able to hit at least the high 150s based on effort alone. I don't buy this story at all.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby Stanford4Me » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:10 am

No.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby ajmanyjah » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:53 am

ehist wrote:Hi I need some advice on whether or not I even have a shot.

Ok here is the situation:
Took the LSAT 3 times- high score 132. I've never taken tests well, my SAT was 900-ish.
Undergrad GPA 3.8
History Major
I won many awards for writing, etc.
Will have my MA this May.
My GPA in graduate school, has been great, so far.

I applied to law school after my BA but only got in one school, so I went to graduate school.

I'm still dying to go to law school, but do I stand a chance?

Thanks!


Calling troll but...if true, I want to know the law school letting in 132's

Also, if real---become a history teacher or prof...I advise teacher as, unless you are into intense field work in a specific field like medical history/anthro, competition is fierce(r than the LSATs)

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby Nulli Secundus » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:08 am

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby KMaine » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:17 am

Stop responding to this as if it is not a troll.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby digitalcntrl » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:18 am

Although it varies from test to test, a 132 roughly translates to answering 30% of the questions correctly (that is not much above the probability of guessing).

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby Grizz » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:15 am

Reevaluate your life.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby ehist » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:48 am

Thanks for the replies, to those of you who were polite.

Ok so I actually logged into my LSAC account and my high score was 143- does that change anything?

To the few questions about my preparation- I took one prep course and was going through a nasty relationship at the time. So, I'm retaking it this October.

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby hijodehombre » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:58 am

studying for the LSAT is a nasty relationship

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby Stanford4Me » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:30 pm

ehist wrote:Thanks for the replies, to those of you who were polite.

Ok so I actually logged into my LSAC account and my high score was 143- does that change anything?

To the few questions about my preparation- I took one prep course and was going through a nasty relationship at the time. So, I'm retaking it this October.

I'm sorry, but how do you forget what your high score was? If you're able to forget, I'd question your commitment to preparing for the exam.

Meh...

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Re: Low LSAT High GPA Masters degree

Postby revolution724 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:54 pm

ehist wrote:d my high score was 143- does that change anything?


No, it doesn't.




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