Would a LOR from a alumni help?

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Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby laww » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:35 pm

One of my mentors graduated with a JD from a school at which I have literally 0 chance of being accepted if MYLSN is to be believed ((it is one of the following: HYSCCN).

Would his LOR hold any weight in the application process? I had a rough first 2 years of college which contributed to my low GPA (final GPA: 3.2 UG / 3.0 LSAC).

I also have a professor willing to give me any support to help me get into a good school because I had her as my project leader for my final senior project. She has published a lot of academic papers, worked on Wall St., and has an MBA from a prestigious school. Would her LOR help me at all?

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby Presidentjlh » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:40 pm

What's your LSAT?

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby laww » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:42 pm

I'm taking LSAT in October.

I met with my Professor on Friday and she asked me what my plans are so I told her about how I want to go to law school.

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby Presidentjlh » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:43 pm

It could help, but it's not gonna be a game changer. You need to focus on crushing that LSAT, I'm talking 175+, because your GPA is gonna hold you back otherwise, sorry to say.

If the school you have in mind is any of HYS, I'm sorry, I highly doubt you get in there, even if you get a 180.

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby laww » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:48 pm

Yeah I've got a 180 or bust mentality.

I'm hoping I do well enough the LSAT to get into the best T14 I can with my numbers.

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby Presidentjlh » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:50 pm

laww wrote:Yeah I've got a 180 or bust mentality.

I'm hoping I do well enough the LSAT to get into the best T14 I can with my numbers.


Well, if you get in the mid-170s range, the lower 7 of the T14 with money are great possibilities. Don't discount them. I would take a full ride at Northwestern in a heartbeat.

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:51 pm

A really good LoR would only make a difference once your LSAT/GPA/PS/WE had cleared the cut. Nearly everyone applying to law school is going to have found some professor or employer that can say something positive about them. No single letter, even if its from an individual of some influence, will overcome a very low GPA or LSAT.

I've heard strong LoRs are basically a prerequisite for Yale due to the faculty com admission review system, but your GPA barred you from new haven long ago.

However, it is also true that bad/non-academic LoRs can hurt you. Schools look for minimum 2 academic letters, that is, Professors with whom you've taken university courses. If your alumn has a JD, I'm making the tacit assumption they are not a professor (unless its a jd/phd in a policy program or something), which indicates their letter could actually be weaker than choosing a 2nd prof. Unless, of course, its a 3rd or 4th letter, but definitely save the first two as academic, then throw on employers or other mentor figures who know you well as available (although these are even more insignificant).

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby laww » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:53 pm

Of course.

I just u know... maybe with some luck even if its a 1 in a billion shot... sigh... if I get a 176 or better I'm going to send an app to Stanford and Harvard lol. #YOLO

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:53 pm

Presidentjlh wrote:
laww wrote:Yeah I've got a 180 or bust mentality.

I'm hoping I do well enough the LSAT to get into the best T14 I can with my numbers.


Well, if you get in the mid-170s range, the lower 7 of the T14 with money are great possibilities. Don't discount them. I would take a full ride at Northwestern in a heartbeat.


No 3.0 is getting a full ride to NU. With a very strong LSAT, they have a chance to pay near sticker. NU was giving out the $50K awards to exclusively 3.75+, and the ED full rides dropped down to 3.5 at the lowest

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby laww » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:56 pm

Is there any way to improve my GPA? I graduated already...

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby Presidentjlh » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:02 pm

jbagelboy wrote:
Presidentjlh wrote:
laww wrote:Yeah I've got a 180 or bust mentality.

I'm hoping I do well enough the LSAT to get into the best T14 I can with my numbers.


Well, if you get in the mid-170s range, the lower 7 of the T14 with money are great possibilities. Don't discount them. I would take a full ride at Northwestern in a heartbeat.


No 3.0 is getting a full ride to NU. With a very strong LSAT, they have a chance to pay near sticker. NU was giving out the $50K awards to exclusively 3.75+, and the ED full rides dropped down to 3.5 at the lowest


My bad, I was unaware.

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:22 pm

laww wrote:Is there any way to improve my GPA? I graduated already...


nope. sorry.

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:23 pm

Presidentjlh wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:
Presidentjlh wrote:
laww wrote:Yeah I've got a 180 or bust mentality.

I'm hoping I do well enough the LSAT to get into the best T14 I can with my numbers.


Well, if you get in the mid-170s range, the lower 7 of the T14 with money are great possibilities. Don't discount them. I would take a full ride at Northwestern in a heartbeat.


No 3.0 is getting a full ride to NU. With a very strong LSAT, they have a chance to pay near sticker. NU was giving out the $50K awards to exclusively 3.75+, and the ED full rides dropped down to 3.5 at the lowest


My bad, I was unaware.


no problem bro. I would love that NU full ride myself :)

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby laww » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:33 am

So with my 3.0 LSAC GPA and hopefully a 173+ can I get into a good T14?

Or should I look at tier 2?

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby bp shinners » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:08 am

laww wrote:So with my 3.0 LSAC GPA and hopefully a 173+ can I get into a good T14?

Or should I look at tier 2?


Tier 2 is 50-100, so don't drop that low.

With a 173+, you can definitely get into a good T14. I'd apply to some schools ranked in the 20s and high teens, though, to hopefully negotiate a little more of a scholarship. While your GPA is low, high LSATs are getting rarer each year as top scorers disproportionately decide to not take the exam and head to law school. You should be able to leverage some money out of a T14 if you kill the LSAT.

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby laww » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:58 pm

Thank you BP.

My parents and I are taking a huge risk (I'm working part time for 6 months so I can study for LSAT) with this and I am gonna go for a 180 lol.

I need to support them :D

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Re: Would a LOR from a alumni help?

Postby phillywc » Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:19 pm

jbagelboy wrote:
Presidentjlh wrote:
laww wrote:Yeah I've got a 180 or bust mentality.

I'm hoping I do well enough the LSAT to get into the best T14 I can with my numbers.


Well, if you get in the mid-170s range, the lower 7 of the T14 with money are great possibilities. Don't discount them. I would take a full ride at Northwestern in a heartbeat.


No 3.0 is getting a full ride to NU. With a very strong LSAT, they have a chance to pay near sticker. NU was giving out the $50K awards to exclusively 3.75+, and the ED full rides dropped down to 3.5 at the lowest

Wait are they seriously giving out ED full rides to 3.5/17x's?




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