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Postby NapoleonXV » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:41 am

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby dingbat » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:35 am

Do you have a question?

Your LSAT will be the dominant factor for admissions. If your LSAT is below the 25th percentile of a school, you will probably not get in. If it's above the 75th percentile you probably will get in.

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby TTTehehe » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:25 am

dingbat wrote:Do you have a question?

Your LSAT will be the dominant factor for admissions. If your LSAT is below the 25th percentile of a school, you will probably not get in. If it's above the 75th percentile you probably will get in.


Some of the T14s may take interest in adding an Oxford grad to their fall lineup. It may not be the determining factor in getting into such law schools, but it will certainly be a mitigating factor for borderline decisions.

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby dingbat » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:48 pm

TTTehehe wrote:
dingbat wrote:Do you have a question?

Your LSAT will be the dominant factor for admissions. If your LSAT is below the 25th percentile of a school, you will probably not get in. If it's above the 75th percentile you probably will get in.


Some of the T14s may take interest in adding an Oxford grad to their fall lineup. It may not be the determining factor in getting into such law schools, but it will certainly be a mitigating factor for borderline decisions.

It's a good soft for any school - all schools want an international presence, and for the more prestigious schools, an Oxford pedigree is a definite plus.
However, being foreign educated is a soft, and should be counted just like any other soft (Oxford being a good soft). having an LSAT below the 25th percentile makes it very unlikely for a foreign candidate to be offered admission, regardless of the school.

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby hopper123 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:58 pm

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby piccolittle » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:03 pm

LSAC will give your marks a verbal evaluation at the point you apply - it doesn't matter whether you have received your degree or what class it is. You will likely get a boost in the evaluation based on the prestige of an Oxbridge degree (I had 2:2 marks at UCL and received an "Above Average" though a 2:2 is usually classed as "Average"). As stated, your LSAT will be the most important factor. If you are on track for a first, you will likely be rated Superior, but that + a good LSAT is not enough to get you into HYS. Also, I would contact the schools you are interested in as I have heard that NYU in particular does not accept 3-year degrees (not sure why?).

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby NapoleonXV » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:09 am

Thanks guys for all your helpful replies:)

I understand it is not going to be a make-or-break factor. I am just a little bit curious whether the low number of Oxford students (and British students in general) is because of a low acceptance rate or a low application number.

About LSAT, I will probably take LSAT next January or June. I have not really started looking at it, but a first mock test gave me a score of around 173. So I would be hoping for the best. Thanks guys.

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby dingbat » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:30 am

NapoleonXV wrote:Thanks guys for all your helpful replies:)

I understand it is not going to be a make-or-break factor. I am just a little bit curious whether the low number of Oxford students (and British students in general) is because of a low acceptance rate or a low application number.

How about a low desire to take on 6 figures of debt to become a lawyer, when the cost in the UK is a fraction thereof?

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby TTTehehe » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:56 pm

dingbat wrote:
NapoleonXV wrote:Thanks guys for all your helpful replies:)

I understand it is not going to be a make-or-break factor. I am just a little bit curious whether the low number of Oxford students (and British students in general) is because of a low acceptance rate or a low application number.

How about a low desire to take on 6 figures of debt to become a lawyer, when the cost in the UK is a fraction thereof?


I seriously considered applying to Oxford for a LLB followed by a LLM in the states to practice. Would have saved me $$$$$.

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby LeninLunchbox » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:36 pm

OP, I am an American who did my whole undergrad at a non-oxbridge UK uni. When I applied to law school earlier this year, I had no idea at all what they would make of my 2.1 transcript. I therefore applied all across the board in terms of school quality (TTT-T14). Perhaps it was due to unrealistically low expectations, but I was really surprised at how well I did: lower T14 with $. I did pretty well on my LSAT (171) and undoubtedly that was the most important factor, but my British degree certainly did not hurt my application at all. Whether it helped I can't really say. PM me if you have any questions.

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Re: Any Law School students from a British undergrad uni?

Postby piccolittle » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:52 pm

TTTehehe wrote:
dingbat wrote:
NapoleonXV wrote:Thanks guys for all your helpful replies:)

I understand it is not going to be a make-or-break factor. I am just a little bit curious whether the low number of Oxford students (and British students in general) is because of a low acceptance rate or a low application number.

How about a low desire to take on 6 figures of debt to become a lawyer, when the cost in the UK is a fraction thereof?


I seriously considered applying to Oxford for a LLB followed by a LLM in the states to practice. Would have saved me $$$$$.

It would have left you with a useless LLM and lots of questions from employers. I too considered this, and the job opportunities I am getting from my post-LLB JD are ten bajillion times better than I would have had with an LLM. Plus, my marks + LSAT got me into a way better school than I would have gotten into for an LLM.




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