Top 20 Prospective Law schools Bad GPA Good LSAT

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Top 20 Prospective Law schools Bad GPA Good LSAT

Postby cherrytee » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:11 am

My first post here.

I recently graduated from undergrad from a top 50 school in Physics and took the June 2013 LSAT. I didn't want to pay too much attention to TLS stats for schools before I got my LSAT score. Lately, as I have started to fill in info on LSAC, I've been feeling a little paranoid about my application as my GPA is not strong at all. I didn't make the decision for Law School until the end of my Junior Year where I did a lot of damage control. I was wondering if I could get some advice on which school I'll probably be able to place.

According to TLS that puts me as a splitter app for a school like GWU(which is a school I'd definitely attend). I know there are ample people with the same stats and technical background as I who have posted ...
However, as I'm reviewing my transcript, I've realized that I've accumulated 5 C's, 3 W's(which were all retaken with B's), and 1 F.
Will this kill my application and separate me greatly from another with a 3.3? Also, should I retake the LSAT and go for a higher score this October? I honestly doubt I could do better but it seems like that's the only thing I could do about my hard stats.

Currently I'm studying for the Patent Bar which I could honestly take anytime. So if I need to drop that and focus on my app, that's no problem.

Thanks for anyone's help!
I'd be glad to answer questions and give more info.
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Re: Top 20 Prospective Law schools Bad GPA Good LSAT

Postby Ti Malice » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:48 am

Aside from criminal history, the only thing that matters is your 3.3/170. The specifics of how you got to the 3.3 are unimportant.

You would be a lock to UVA with an ED app (binding), and with a year of post-grad work experience, you would have a very strong shot at Northwestern. However, you would be looking at sticker price for these schools. You'll be in at almost every non-T14 school, some of which will offer you very large scholarships. Depending upon your career goals, where you have ties, and where you want to work, a strong regional school with a very large/full-tuition scholarship may be worth serious consideration, since debt-financing sticker at UVA or NU would leave you with ~$280K of debt at repayment.

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Re: Top 20 Prospective Law schools Bad GPA Good LSAT

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:10 am

No real reason to retake unless you can get to 173+ consistently on practice exams. It won't hurt to study for a month or so and see if you can get there but if not your current numbers are pretty solid. Another point or two probably doesn't do anything for you right now.

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