Should I re-apply to another law school

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Anna Mate
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Should I re-apply to another law school

Postby Anna Mate » Sun May 28, 2017 1:06 am

I am an raising 2L at a Top20 law school, my first semester's GPA was 3.7. But my second semester was a disaster. Due to illness, I missed a lot of classes, and was hospitalized just before my finals, so my second semester's GPA was only 3.1. This is a huge disappointment for me, I know I could do better without the illness. So I am thinking about drop out and reapply to another law school, but not sure if it is a stupid idea.

btw I am an international student, the local market for my law school is gloom and with my current GPA, there is no hope to find a job.

sanzgo
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Re: Should I re-apply to another law school

Postby sanzgo » Sun May 28, 2017 2:53 am

please correct me if i'm wrong,

but it is my understanding that once you get an official grade from a law school, those stay in your record forever. so you'll probably have trouble when it comes to reapplying to a t-14 since the adcoms will see your grades from the current school. no idea how it works for oci at the new school though (assuming you're even able to get into a different school).

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Re: Should I re-apply to another law school

Postby cavalier1138 » Sun May 28, 2017 6:42 am

Yeah, once you have reported grades, it becomes a lot harder to drop out and start over. I've heard (indirectly) about people being able to drop out and enroll somewhere else due to emergency situations, but your emergency cropped up during the semester and was probably something you should have approached academic services about while it was ongoing, not after grades came out.

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Re: Should I re-apply to another law school

Postby grades?? » Sun May 28, 2017 8:42 am

cavalier1138 wrote:Yeah, once you have reported grades, it becomes a lot harder to drop out and start over. I've heard (indirectly) about people being able to drop out and enroll somewhere else due to emergency situations, but your emergency cropped up during the semester and was probably something you should have approached academic services about while it was ongoing, not after grades came out.


Agreed. There have been people who have been able to reapply with just 1st semester grades, but once you get a full year, you are out of luck. And transferring is now out of the question with that gpa. Really sucks op but as soon as you were missing classes you needed to leave and then reapply. Now it's too late so you are stuck at your school. Hopefully you didn't have a scholarship stipulation. Also with that gpa start thinking about what you want to do because big law is out of the picture for you.

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Re: Should I re-apply to another law school

Postby joefresh » Tue May 30, 2017 9:36 am

Your cumulative GPA is not bad at all. You're at a T20. You're over reacting.

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Re: Should I re-apply to another law school

Postby cavalier1138 » Tue May 30, 2017 10:47 am

joefresh wrote:Your cumulative GPA is not bad at all. You're at a T20. You're over reacting.


I mean, it depends on what the school's median is. If it's a 3.0, then (depending on the school), the OP still has a shot at getting something from OCI. But if it's higher, then the second semester drop might have torpedoed their chances. And since the OP is an international student, they generally need a big firm to sponsor their H1B.

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Re: Should I re-apply to another law school

Postby UVA2B » Tue May 30, 2017 10:58 am

I'm a bit confused, is your cumulative GPA 3.1 or just your second semester GPA? If the former, you're locked in to your school as was previously mentioned, but if the latter, then what is your cumulative GPA? I would imagine a 3.7+3.1 for 1L year would put you above median still, and therefore be much less bleak than if you just had a 3.1 cumulative. That clarification would be very helpful to me (and if I'm the only one misunderstanding your situation, apologies).




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