3.4 GPA/160 LSAT + Personal Statement

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3.4 GPA/160 LSAT + Personal Statement

Postby msrio » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:09 pm

Okay, I'll just jump right in. I have a 3.4 GPA with an extreme upward trend (2.something to between 3.5 and 4.0 for my most recent semesters) because of some personal issues. I took the LSAT and got a 160. I desperately want to get into Utah, and their website says that they would like a 3.6 and 161. It may be noteworthy that I do fall into the minority category, and have worked in the law field for the past five years, taking part in some very large cases. A couple have even gone before SCOTUS (I was fortunate enough to go to Washington and sit in for the full length of the Supreme Court hearings--very cool). My questions are: should I retake the LSAT, or would my upward trend and 160 be enough? I am so close to what I "should" be at that I could really use some guidance. Also, if anyone could advise me as to my personal statement, I would appreciate it. Would it be better to write about overcoming personal adversity (thereby explaining my poor GPA early in my academic career) or about the cases I have worked on with my office? Or, perhaps combine the two?

Anything helps, and thank you!

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Re: 3.4 GPA/160 LSAT + Personal Statement

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:17 pm

What kind of minority are you? If you are AA you'll almost certainly get in to Utah, and should probably be aiming for something higher.

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