ITT: TLS tells me to retake, no matter what (NEW POLL)

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What to do?

RETAKE
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RETAKE
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RETAKE
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ITT: TLS tells me to retake, no matter what (NEW POLL)

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:30 pm

GONE
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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby Yukos » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:36 pm

Haha, are you really asking this? BU at sticker or MVP? Retake!

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby ben4847 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:36 pm

GPA?

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:52 pm

ZOOM
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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby blink » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:08 pm

I know exactly the dilemma you're having and I know how much of a bummer it is to underachieve on the LSAT. We're numbers twins and I didn't think twice: I'm taking a year (or two) off and retaking. It sucks but it's certainly the right thing to do. Even a two point increase can do wonders for your (our) chances at MVP and N. Suck it up, stay at your job, find the time to buckle down for a couple of months and nail the LSAT. Future you will thank Present you big time later on.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby moneybagsphd » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:12 pm

blink wrote:I know exactly the dilemma you're having and I know how much of a bummer it is to underachieve on the LSAT. We're numbers twins and I didn't think twice: I'm taking a year (or two) off and retaking. It sucks but it's certainly the right thing to do. Even a two point increase do wonders for your (our) chances at MVP and N. Suck it up, stay at your job, find the time to buckle down for a couple of months and nail the LSAT. Future you will thank Present you big time later on.

even a 1 point increase.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby crumpetsandtea » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:13 pm

Dude. Retake. It's worth it, especially with your stats/current cycle.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:15 pm

Although the $90,000 from Drexel must be tempting, retake & apply to Virginia or any other law school ranked from #7 through #14.

P.S. "Retaking" is not as important as reapplying next cycle as your 169 should get you a few T-14 offers in light of your work experience.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby moneybagsphd » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:17 pm

TCR is retake and go to MVP (hopefully with $$$). Certainly BU & Fordham @ sticker don't seem worth the investment. If you get into UCLA and are comfortable practicing in LA, it might be worth it.
Do you like your boring job? If not, do you have an exit strategy? If not, imagine working that job for >1 year.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:22 pm

BLAM
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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby Worker and Parasite » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:09 pm

wait wait how do you know you're going to pay sticker at BU?

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:14 pm

Worker and Parasite wrote:wait wait how do you know you're going to pay sticker at BU?


I guess I don't know, at this point. I was accepted right before Christmas and haven't heard anything with regard to scholly info yet. My numbers seem right on the cusp of admission according to LSN, let alone getting a scholly.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby Worker and Parasite » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:22 pm

When I checked LSN for 3.2-3.4/169-171 folks I saw anything from 40-60K schollys last year. I can't check LSN at the moment to give you some actual names but if last year is any indicator, you may see significant money soon. Of course BU could be cutting back this year on funds so who really knows.

edit: Okay I guess have one datapoint that may be an isolated case but here

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/morningjoe/jd

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:34 pm

Supposing I got a $45,000 total scholarship from BU, does that change anyone's response or no?

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby Errzii » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:44 pm

While I agree with others on the retake and aim higher sentiment, I have to wonder if declining all of your existing offers will hurt your chances with those schools for future cycles. If so, there is a possibility you will be without them as safeties the next time you apply which could be dangerous especially since splitter cycles are known to be unpredictable. Even so however, I would say the benefits still outweigh the risks in this case. Good luck, and in case it wasn't obvious, try to do something productive during the interim period.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby monkey85 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:48 pm

How dramatically do you think you can "break 170"? My only concern to the general consensus of retake is that the 3.3 GPA might be the drag on the application. Can you get past 173?

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby Shooter » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:55 pm

I could be wrong, but I think one point will do wonders in your situation. Penn, for instance, has been dipping deep into the 170 pool (I think there are several 3.4's that were accepted).

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:00 pm

POW
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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby No13baby » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:09 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:This is another thing that I'm terrified of. What should I do to avoid this "dangerous possibility"? Should I include a note in my withdraw email explaining that I am just not ready for law school this year and plan on applying again?


I think this is a good idea. Explain that you're seeking more work experience and look forward to reapplying next year.

Another tip - according to your LSN profile, you applied to most of your schools in November. If you can have all your app materials ready to go when applications first open in September, that will make a big difference for you too.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby chem » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:12 pm

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:17 pm

BADA BING
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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby Shooter » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:23 pm

Also, you have to ask yourself, "What would Harvey Specter do?"

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby Gail » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:24 pm

Retake. You have a nice job. One more year will only give you more money. There's no reason to roll the dice on full sticker at a non-t14 if you can survive with your current job.

If you retake and don't do remarkably better, I'll be surprised. Cornell is a good option for you, I think.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby asdflawyer » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:44 pm

If you can break a 170, then I would say re-take and apply ED to Penn or Michigan next year.

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Re: Do what you do best, TLS

Postby iamrobk » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:17 pm

You have a good chance at Penn with ED if you increase 1-2 points, and a good chance without ED with a 174+. Probably similar for MV too.




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