arthurfels wrote:This site is so informative, and I was wondering if someone could help me with some advice on my current situation.
I recently got accepted into a T3 school - Southwestern, and a T4 - Whittier. My undergrad grades were my weak point (3.15 GPA - due to a very particular situation I explained in an addendum), but I did well on the LSAT, with a 166. My goal is to get excellent grades in first year and transfer in my second year to a better school. I am offered a large scholarship at Whittier (T4), but no scholarship at Southwestern (T3). Would starting off at Southwestern improve my chances of transfer, or would they only consider my class rank if it's between a T3 and T4? I'm trying to decide if it's worth taking out a sizable loan over.
Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
I am quite confused here as well... with a 3.15, 166, you should have gotten into some T1's and absolutely some T2's... Did you apply late? I would wait another cycle and reapply. Try and get some good softs for now (volunteer if you can't get a job), and maybe even try to take the LSAT again if you can get your practice test scores up. With a 169+ you would have an very good chance at a T30.
Even with a 3.15 and a 166, there is no guarantee that you would even break the top 1/3 in your class and thus you could be stuck there. Your numbers aren't bad. Your GPA is low, but you haven't descended below the dreaded 3.0.
Don't do yourself a disservice. Wait another cycle.