PunkedbyReality wrote:I just withdrew from a top-15 school after one semester due to a host of personal reasons. My GPA was a 2.75 for the semester. In light of this, I have two questions:
1) Could I re-apply and get into a top-10 school given the concern of law schools to maintain their medians in the current landscape?
My relevant admissions information:
LSAT: 169 (2012)
Undergrad GPA: 3.71 (competitive honors program)
First-generation college/grad student
Not a URM
I do have fairly reasonable reasons for performing poorly, and for not thriving at my previous school. I could probably take the LSAT for a fourth time and score in the low to mid 170s as I did in my practice tests.
2) How would admissions committees factor in my semester at my previous school in their evaluation of my application?
There is little information addressing these specific questions on the web, as well as on TLS. Any insight into my chances given this unusual scenario would be greatly appreciated, and helpful to other students in similar situations. Thank you.
This is tough because there are two realities here which would indicate somewhat incongruous results:
--> all of the numbers are predictive measures of how you'll do in law school, and you have actual performance in law school to add to the mix (despite the reasons for the poor performance, it is what it is)
--> applications are down and your numbers might help a school fill a seat.
My initial reaction to something like this is to say that putting time between you and this performance is probably the best remedy, especially since you are a somewhat recent graduate, but we have no idea how long this dip in applications will last, and this is a good time to apply.
There is no harm in retaking the LSAT if you think you can do better - it might even help if you can get in the 170's. That's the first step!
Punked, let me add my 2 cents (feel free to ask for change).
Karen hit the bi-headed coin, if you will. The first reality is far and away how you do in law school is the best predictor of how well you will do at a different law school. It is why, for transfer applicants, class rank is important and emphasized. BUT, for transfer applicants LSAT and uGPA do not go to the ABA. For you, they do.
and this plays into your favor
So, what matters for you is, obviously, the reason for your performance and, looking forward, assurances that it was due to extenuating circumstances that you take ownership of (I realize that sounds like an oxymoron) and that do not seem likely to happen again.
Schools are going to want your scores, I think it is just going to happen later in the cycle. So if you do the withdraw and reapplication addendum/addenda well, work the waitlist well, I think t10 - t12 is still very viable.