Is it worth it?

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Is it worth it?

Postby JB007 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:40 pm

My college GPA was nothing to brag about, I worked during school and graduated with a 2.9 GPA. I now have the time to study for my LSAT and believe I can do well but considering my Low GPA what kind of schools would I be looking at. I

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Winston1984
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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby Winston1984 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:41 pm

Come back with a real LSAT score.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby nickb285 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:42 pm

Depends on your LSAT. There are people on this site who have gotten into T14 schools with grades similar to yours by kicking ass on the LSAT. Go to lawschoolnumbers.com and mylsn.info, look around and see what sort of score you would need for the school you want--if you want T14, you'll need a 170 or higher most likely; if you're looking at regional schools you might be able to get in with upper 160s.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby NoodleyOne » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:42 pm

With 170+, NU and UVA are in play for the T14. WUSTL is another common option for heavy splitters. URM or significant softs (military experience, etc.) could potentially increase your chances at a lot of schools.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby Nova » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:46 pm

170+ would make GULC, UVA, and NU possible.

For most regional schools, you would need to hit at least median to seriously be considered.

Where are you from? Where do you want to practice?

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby JB007 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:58 pm

Nova wrote:170+ would make GULC, UVA, and NU possible.

For most regional schools, you would need to hit at least median to seriously be considered.

Where are you from? Where do you want to practice?


I went to UG in NY I have residence in NY FL & PA.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby rad lulz » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:59 pm

JB007 wrote:I have residence in NY FL & PA.

I don't think that's how residency works

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:09 pm

I think he may own 3 houses

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby JB007 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:19 pm

sinfiery wrote:I think he may own 3 houses


yes

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:22 pm

why on earth do you want to go to lawschool / what type of income are you giving up?

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby JB007 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:25 pm

sinfiery wrote:why on earth do you want to go to lawschool / what type of income are you giving up?



No income currently, I am going because finding a suitable job after undergrad has been uneventful.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby tabula rasa » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:34 pm

JB007 wrote:No income currently, I am going because finding a suitable job after undergrad has been uneventful.

This is not a valid reason to attend law school.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:57 pm

Have you thought about going into real estate?





With your GPA, it is highly unlikely that even with a 175+ on the LSAT, you will have a decision that will financially be a good bet.

You will likely end up paying 250-300k at Northwestern, UVA, or Georgetown for a chance (~50-70%) at getting a biglaw job...and that's if you score at the 99th % on the LSAT. So even if everything goes right for you, with a minimum wage opportunity cost, you won't have made any money to your name for at least 8-12 years.

If you don't get biglaw, you will have effectively ruined your life, financially.

Probably not the best path to go down just for money

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby eric922 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:03 pm

I thin Sinfiery has a good point here, especially since you don't seem like you truly want practice law, but are simply unsure of what else to do. It would suck to spend all that money, land biglaw and then realize you hate law, but are stuck in it due to debt. A couple of decades ago things wouldn't have been that bad, but that's changed.

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Re: Is it worth it?

Postby JB007 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:58 pm

sinfiery wrote:Have you thought about going into real estate?





With your GPA, it is highly unlikely that even with a 175+ on the LSAT, you will have a decision that will financially be a good bet.

You will likely end up paying 250-300k at Northwestern, UVA, or Georgetown for a chance (~50-70%) at getting a biglaw job...and that's if you score at the 99th % on the LSAT. So even if everything goes right for you, with a minimum wage opportunity cost, you won't have made any money to your name for at least 8-12 years.

If you don't get biglaw, you will have effectively ruined your life, financially.

Probably not the best path to go down just for money



I thank you for your thoughts, its the first time I have actually gotten constructive feedback.




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