167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

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167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Daedalus » Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:51 pm

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby bamfrosty » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:08 pm

is that 2.95 your LSDAS GPA? There's a chance that it could be higher if you have A+ grades sprinkled in your transcript or some community college coursework.

If you can get 170+ or even a 169 your options will really open up. Lower T14 would possibly be within reach, especially with good work experience.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Daedalus » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:21 pm

bamfrosty wrote:is that 2.95 your LSDAS GPA? There's a chance that it could be higher if you have A+ grades sprinkled in your transcript or some community college coursework.

If you can get 170+ or even a 169 your options will really open up. Lower T14 would possibly be within reach, especially with good work experience.


No 2.95 is my school GPA, but I'm pretty sure it'll be the same as the LSDAS GPA. I have yet to send the form telling my registrar to send LSAC my transcript, but it looks like my school's way of calculating GPA pretty much lines up with LSAC's. A+'s wouldn't apply to me because my school, unfortunately, doesn't give A+'s to undergrads. :(

Thanks for the tip though, I was thinking Georgetown or Cornell might loosen up with respect to GPA this cycle because of the downturn in applications, given I get 170+. Though would getting scholarship money be at all realistic?

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Winston1984 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:29 pm

Daedalus wrote:
bamfrosty wrote:is that 2.95 your LSDAS GPA? There's a chance that it could be higher if you have A+ grades sprinkled in your transcript or some community college coursework.

If you can get 170+ or even a 169 your options will really open up. Lower T14 would possibly be within reach, especially with good work experience.


No 2.95 is my school GPA, but I'm pretty sure it'll be the same as the LSDAS GPA. I have yet to send the form telling my registrar to send LSAC my transcript, but it looks like my school's way of calculating GPA pretty much lines up with LSAC's. A+'s wouldn't apply to me because my school, unfortunately, doesn't give A+'s to undergrads. :(

Thanks for the tip though, I was thinking Georgetown or Cornell might loosen up with respect to GPA this cycle because of the downturn in applications, given I get 170+. Though would getting scholarship money be at all realistic?


Cornell generally doesn't dip below a 3.0. It's going to be hard to give real advice without a new score.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby chuckbass » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:47 pm

$ isn't realistic in your case.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:47 pm

are you URM?

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Daedalus » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:55 pm

scotth724 wrote:$ isn't realistic in your case.


Thanks, what about at regional schools like Emory or WUSTL?

Dr. Dre wrote:are you URM?


Nope.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:04 pm

What type of job do you have now? I believe most people on here would say to retake, and I agree. But I'm not sure because I have no expertise concerning being a splitter.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Daedalus » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:22 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:What type of job do you have now? I believe most people on here would say to retake, and I agree. But I'm not sure because I have no expertise concerning being a splitter.


I am not working right now, but have been occasionally sending out résumés in addition to writing my law school applications. Should I be spending much more time on the full-time job search? I hesitate only because I plan to take some extra courses if my law school plans fall out this cycle, so I feel like finding a good job just for now through January 2014 is more effort than it's worth.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby dstars823 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:26 pm

you probably wont be looking at any money from the lower T14 though regionals like Vandy/Georgia/Bama/WUSTL will definitely throw some money at you.

Come back with a 170 or higher and you should be in a lot better spot, if you are set on biglaw youre probably looking at going to a T14 without any money or very little money to the point that it wont make that much of a difference anyways.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby jabberwocky_phlegm » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:38 am

I took the LSAT in February and got a 167, but I prepared pathetically for it. I feel I could score above 170


Good luck in December!

Northwestern has a 150k scholarship that they give to ED applicants (I think it's too late this cycle) and also some non-ED applicants. They care a lot about WE. Looking at the data on LSN, it doesn't look like a 2.95 is a problem. 170 and you should be in, and maybe they'll offer you 150k to defer for a year. That said, Northwestern doesn't always fit everyone's career goals.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Ramius » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:21 am

jabberwocky_phlegm wrote:
I took the LSAT in February and got a 167, but I prepared pathetically for it. I feel I could score above 170


Good luck in December!

Northwestern has a 150k scholarship that they give to ED applicants (I think it's too late this cycle) and also some non-ED applicants. They care a lot about WE. Looking at the data on LSN, it doesn't look like a 2.95 is a problem. 170 and you should be in, and maybe they'll offer you 150k to defer for a year. That said, Northwestern doesn't always fit everyone's career goals.


OP has no hope of NU ED regardless of LSAT score. Generally speaking, NU uses their ED to snipe CCN candidates with 3.8+ and 173+.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Daedalus » Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:14 pm

Thanks all for the advice... It seems getting 170+ in December is ideal.

I've read that having a great LSAT score outweighs an early application, so assuming I do well in December would applying in early January not hurt me as much?

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby avth » Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:45 pm

Hey fellow math major :D I was in a similar boat, where I knew I'd probably do better if I switched majors, but decided to stick it out anyway...

I definitely think the 170+ is pretty crucial. Looking at some of the charts/info people have compiled it doesn't seem like ED helps too much in most cases, and because ED to Northwestern comes with a full ride, it's harder to get accepted that way compared to RD.

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Re: 167 LSAT 2.95 GPA - would love some advice

Postby Daedalus » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:15 pm

avth wrote:Hey fellow math major :D I was in a similar boat, where I knew I'd probably do better if I switched majors, but decided to stick it out anyway...

I definitely think the 170+ is pretty crucial. Looking at some of the charts/info people have compiled it doesn't seem like ED helps too much in most cases, and because ED to Northwestern comes with a full ride, it's harder to get accepted that way compared to RD.


Haha nice, thanks for the tip. Do you mind if I PM you to ask how your cycle went, presuming you're already through the application process?

EDIT: Never mind, saw that your stats were far better than mine and you seem also to be applying for Fall 2014. Good luck on your cycle!




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