Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

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Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby patspats » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:30 pm

I barely got into a T14 but am feeling pretty incompetent compared to most everyone else. Anyone have any success stories of a low LSAT scorer but still did really well in class?

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby goldeneye » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:10 pm

It doesn't matter how you did. None of your classmates know your LSAT score. It's in the past, so just study and believe in yourself.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby staysha » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:14 pm

Had an LSAT below UCLA/TX's 25th percentile and ended 1L within top 20%

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby Kafkaesquire » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:17 am

I assume what the OP actually means is that he/she not only barely got in, but he did his/her best on the LSAT and barely got in.

So, if you did not try on the LSAT and barely got in, your story does not relate.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby dr123 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:23 am

How do you know you "barely" got in? Were you a late admit off the waitlist?

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby bk1 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:04 am

You have a 163/3.9. Chill.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby Lincoln » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:13 am

I got into one T14 after applying two years in a row. I'm now an associate at a V5. Just work your ass off and don't give a fuck about what other people are doing.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:49 am

Yeah definitely happens don't worry about it. I was near the bottom of both percentiles and did well first year. No worries man just keep grinding.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby daleearnhardt123 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:59 pm

In off waitlist in June at only one T14. Top 3% after first year. Just be confident and do the work.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby Br3v » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:17 pm

LSAT =/= 1L Grades

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby Mojosodope » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:06 pm

standardized tests perform doesn't equate to success

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby ZVBXRPL » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:16 pm

Lincoln wrote:I got into one T14 after applying two years in a row. I'm now an associate at a V5. Just work your ass off and don't give a fuck about what other people are doing.

Can I PM you a q about Biglaw?

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby timmyd » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:17 pm

Your LSAT score will only hamper your 1l year if you let it. The fact that you are worrying about it at this point is not encouraging. You are there, thats all that matters. I agree with above posters....only worry about what you can control. You will be fine if you stop worrying about others and concentrate on the final. LSAT does not equal success or failure in law school. Work, on the other hand, does.
I am a transfer from a TTT school to UT/Vandy/UCLA. I am competing with kids with LSAT scores 10 points higher than mine on average, but it is. The LSAT does not measure writing ability which is huge. Some people are also good at legal analysis even though they did not do well on the LSAT. It happens all the time, I know people at my old school with scores that got them full rides....they were not in the top 10% of the class after 1l. I know transfer students who do well at schools they should have no business doing well at if the LSAT was determinative.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby Lincoln » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:30 am

ZVBXRPL wrote:
Lincoln wrote:I got into one T14 after applying two years in a row. I'm now an associate at a V5. Just work your ass off and don't give a fuck about what other people are doing.

Can I PM you a q about Biglaw?


Shoot.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:35 am

Mojosodope wrote:standardized tests perform doesn't equate to success

Just don't ever forget this

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby utlaw2007 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:40 pm

Everyone here is correct. Pay no mind to LSAT score. As one previous poster mentioned, the LSAT does not measure writing ability and it does not measure one's ability to reason through problems with more time allotted to do so than the 35 minutes per section. Much of what the LSAT does accurately measure is processing speed. But that measurement does not perfectly translate to one's ability to do well in law school. Just be persistent and determined to learn and master the material. It may take you a little longer than most of your classmates. I don't know. But just stick with it. Your mastery will come if you stay persistent and determined. Pay no mind to the rest of your classmates. Just do your thing.

And once you get out into law practice, you will find that law school performance matters little in terms of being a great lawyer.

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Re: Barely got into T14...any David v. Goliath success stories?

Postby dixon02 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:49 pm

Friend at a T14 had LSAT equal to school's 25th percentile. He was #1 in the class after 1L.




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