I am applying to law school for Fall 2012 admissions. I am from Texas and opting to studying law here. My choices are UT, SMU, UH, and STCL. I have a 3.52 LSAC undergrad GPA and took the LSAT back in 09 and scored a lousy 148. I will retake the exam this Dec, but my studying hasnt paid off; Ive been scoring in the 146-148 range on every practice test Ive taken. I bought the 3 power score books and read them. I'm starting to believe that the only school I have a chance of getting into is STCL, which I do not mind. But here is my question. What is the transfer process (to UH), but before that, what are my chances of getting accepting to STCL? I will graduate with an MBA this coming spring, currently hold a 4.0 GPA. I am aware an MBA gpa will not help my LSAC gpa, but it can help my app overall. Right? Any info on finc. aid./ scholarships will be great! Thanks!
I got in with similar numbers to yours, I also had strong softs. I spoke with a professor that was on the admissions committee and he said that STCL has auto admit numbers, then they all go into a review pile rated in 3 tiers. 1 tier which is one review and admit, then 2 tier which is two review (2nd review goes to a board) then they admit or admit wait list (if there aren't any seats), then 3 tier which is 1 review and deny. Point is if you are on the fence numbers wise with STCL rolling admissions: APPLY EARLY that way you are high on the wait list. STCL is a safety school for many people so they get lots of apps and lots of people decline to come.
I wouldn't count on transferring to UH. You and every other student at STCL and probably TSU go in hoping to transfer to UH. However, the process is based solely on numbers, and then on availability. So, great numbers won't get you transferred. I have talked to a couple students that transferred from STCL and they had very good grades and good connections to UH. And, also I have talked to students that didn't get accepted into UH and had better grades than those that were accepted. To me it seems pretty arbitrary. Basically, i would say that if you get into STCL come here only if you are happy with graduating from STCL.
As far as scholarship info I know they are stingy and then on top of that it is very difficult to keep the scholarship. We have a brutal curve 2.6 and you need 3.2 typically to keep the scholarships. So plan on staying in the top 15-20% to maintain the scholarship. With that said. I love the school and enjoy my classes. GL.