BC/BU Low GPA

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jpuckett163
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BC/BU Low GPA

Postby jpuckett163 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:17 am

plan to take the Jun LSAT and I have been scoring 170-173 on timed practice tests. I would love to go to BC or BU but my GPA is low. I know about predictors and I know the adage your GPA is your GPA but my situation is a bit unique

I graduated from HS in 98 and went to Community College where I earned lots of B's with a few A's and C's here and there. After 2 years of CC I transferred to full time BS program. MY first semester in school my son was born and I blew off some classes I ended that semester with an A a B- and 3 F's thus the low GPA. That was my last semester and that was in 2000. Ive spent the last 12 years working full time first as a paramedic and for the last 6 years as a firefighter and raising 3 children. Last semester I decided I wanted to go to law school and returned to finish my Undergrad degree I started PT with 3 classes (2 A's and 1 C) now this semester I am a full time student who will finish the semester with all A's and I expect to finish the rest of my degree with similar grades.

I have done my homework I know about GPA,predictors and addendum's Im just looking for opinions am I setting my sights way to high with BC or BU or do I have some type of an outside shot?

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Re: BC/BU Low GPA

Postby NoleMatt » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:25 am

It's hard to know your chances at BU/BC without knowing your LSAC GPA.

Your situation may be unique, but you're right when you say "your GPA is your GPA". I don't know how lenient they'll be considering your explanation for low grades is that you chose to have kids.

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Re: BC/BU Low GPA

Postby jpuckett163 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:28 am

My GPA is 3.0 and while your right I did decide to have children what I did not mention and I am sometimes leery to mention because I don't want to seem like I am looking for sympathy is that my son is Autistic and the difficulties associated with his diagnosis certainly contributed to my difficulty that semester
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Re: BC/BU Low GPA

Postby NoleMatt » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:44 am

jpuckett163 wrote:My GPA is 3.0 and yes your right I did decide to have a child but one thing I did not mention and am leery to mention is that my son is autistic and the difficulties that were associated with his diagnosis
certainly led to my difficulty that semester


That's nothing to be embarrassed about and I think it will make for part of an excellent PS. I looked around Law School Numbers for you and found a couple of cases from the last 3 or 4 cycles where folks around your GPA were accepted:

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/stillwater/jd
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/harrijust86/jd
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/vento95/jd
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/gte166w/jd
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/haven40/jd
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/nottaxlaw/jd

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Re: BC/BU Low GPA

Postby TLS_noobie » Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:12 pm

jpuckett163 wrote:My GPA is 3.0 and while your right I did decide to have children what I did not mention and I am sometimes leery to mention because I don't want to seem like I am looking for sympathy is that my son is Autistic and the difficulties associated with his diagnosis certainly contributed to my difficulty that semester


This is definitely a legitimate and appropriate subject for a PS and, at the very least, an addendum for your GPA. And you certainly shouldn't feel embarrassed/ashamed/or even feel like you are fishing for sympathy because this is a real-world difficulty that you and your family have been going through and it should be considered during admissions decisions, especially when an adcomm is trying to judge you on numbers alone.

With your numbers though, I think you can get in especially if you get 170+ on the LSAT. The LSN data in the previous post will give you better insight. Good luck with everything!




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