Be honest, do I have a chance?

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Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby sjgonzalez3 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:17 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm relatively new to the forum, so if there is a related thread that I simply missed, please let me know.

Anyway, I just graduated from UCSB with a BA in Philosophy 3.68 GPA, have held a 20hr/wk job all 4 years and hold leadership positions in the Volunteer Student Government. I already have a job to be a Paralegal at a mid size law firm in LA. I plan to stay at this job for 2 years to gain experience/travel to foreign countries. I'm currently enrolled in a Kaplan LSAT prep course and am consistently hitting 172 on my LSAT tests and will probably stay there unless I take more time to study.

My dream school is Stanford, but my numbers don't feel strong enough to attend. Given my 2 years of relevant work experience, hard work in Undergrad, and high LSAT score, do I have a shot at Stanford?

If any of your answers are yes, how good are the odds? If not, how far off am I/what can I do in my 2 years until I apply to strengthen my overall application and make myself a strong candidate.

Just to be clear, I have not YET taken the LSAT officially.

Thanks!

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:21 pm

Your GPA is likely too low for Stanford.
http://stanford.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/1011/

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby aekea » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:23 pm

Are you an URM? If so, you have a chance. If not, you don't really have a chance due to the GPA.

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby sjgonzalez3 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:30 pm

I am 1/2 Mexican, 1/2 Euro Caucasian. My father was an illegal immigrant until Clinton granted amnesty and he received citizenship. So from what I understand this makes me an URM.

The GPA is pretty low, I was hoping the LSAT would counter that. I do have the option of putting off taking the LSAT for another year and studying until i get a higher score; though working full time as a paralegal might make this difficult.

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby 071816 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:35 pm

sjgonzalez3 wrote:Euro Caucasian

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby sjgonzalez3 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:42 pm

chimp wrote:
sjgonzalez3 wrote:Euro Caucasian

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Ah yes, the important part of the thread. Thanks for the input.

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby aekea » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:43 pm

sjgonzalez3 wrote:I am 1/2 Mexican, 1/2 Euro Caucasian. My father was an illegal immigrant until Clinton granted amnesty and he received citizenship. So from what I understand this makes me an URM.

The GPA is pretty low, I was hoping the LSAT would counter that. I do have the option of putting off taking the LSAT for another year and studying until i get a higher score; though working full time as a paralegal might make this difficult.

Cool, so as a URM you definitely have a shot. There isn't a whole lot of data for URMs with your numbers applying to Stanford. I only found two on Law School Numbers, but both of them got in, so that's a good sign. The GPA is low for Stanford, but they're more forgiving for URM applicants. Focus on getting a good LSAT score.

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby sjgonzalez3 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:47 pm

aekea wrote:
sjgonzalez3 wrote:I am 1/2 Mexican, 1/2 Euro Caucasian. My father was an illegal immigrant until Clinton granted amnesty and he received citizenship. So from what I understand this makes me an URM.

The GPA is pretty low, I was hoping the LSAT would counter that. I do have the option of putting off taking the LSAT for another year and studying until i get a higher score; though working full time as a paralegal might make this difficult.

Cool, so as a URM you definitely have a shot. There isn't a whole lot of data for URMs with your numbers applying to Stanford. I only found two on Law School Numbers, but both of them got in, so that's a good sign. The GPA is low for Stanford, but they're more forgiving for URM applicants. Focus on getting a good LSAT score.



Nice! Thanks for the help, I can hold on to my dream school after all.

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby 071816 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:09 am

sjgonzalez3 wrote:
chimp wrote:
sjgonzalez3 wrote:Euro Caucasian

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Ah yes, the important part of the thread. Thanks for the input.

Any time, champ.

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Re: Be honest, do I have a chance?

Postby TTTLS » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:06 am

Getting in here before TLS tries to completely shoot down someone with 3.68 GPA and hitting 172 on PTs. Glad to see Jags Guy ITT.

Just do Berkeley, bro.




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