Need critique for my plan

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Need critique for my plan

Postby ryanfaro » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:44 pm

Hello all

I plan on taking the June 2013 LSAT and applying to law school early for fall 2014 admission.

I need three more semesters of undergraduate coursework for my bachelor's in philosophy.

I am trying to stategicially place these three remaining semesters in four remaining opportunities, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

The issues: My GPA is low for t14, 3.4, however, I have very little difficult coursework left and many Gen Eds and electives to take. Point being, I can raise my GPA back up to a 3.55 before graduation, moreover, I need a study period for the June LSAT to be a successful splitter.

If I apply to law school early, and only have two semesters done, I may not be at my comfortable GPA and if I have three semesters done before I apply, I will have not had free months to study for the LSAT.

This is sort of a catch-22, I am leaning towards taking off Spring 2013 for the June 2013 LSAT, I would just like some critique as I map out my plan

Also, my softs are below average. Dean's list three times and honors. (does this even count?) Boy scouts for 14 years, hundred hours of volunteering at a hospital, off the books work experience, though, not sure if that would count as experience at all. In my two years until law school, what are some easy softs? I am willing to devote as much time as neccesary. Any advice?

Thank you


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Re: Need critique for my plan

Postby honeycomb » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:17 am

I think that you need Spring 2013 under your belt to raise your GPA. Why not stack that semester with easier classes and study simultaneously? Several people on TLS work full time and study for the LSAT and get 170+ I'm sure you can do that while taking class essentially part time. You could take winter break (Fall 2012) to read all of your books and get started uninterrupted by classes, map out a study schedule for the semester that doesn't overlap with classes, and you'll be golden.

Then you can graduate in December 2013 and take the Spring off before you start law school. It will be a nice break and you can focus on sending LOCIs, visiting schools, etc.

As for softs, the consensus is that nothing short of spectacular is really going to push you over the edge. But maybe look into a really cool internship for next summer. Maybe you should go abroad and volunteer. Basically you should do whatever you're actually interested in because that's what will allow you to speak genuinely in your PS.

Good luck! :)

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