Part-time vs full-time: different LSAT standards?

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Part-time vs full-time: different LSAT standards?

Postby smdewart » Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:16 pm

Many schools' websites indicate 25-75%ile LSAT scores for their respective part-time programs are lower than those of their respective full-time programs.

Has anyone here experienced this? Know someone who has?

My Oct LSAT was 157, lower than the median for the full-time programs I'm seeking in Chicago (Chicago-Kent, DePaul, Loyola) but about on target for their part-time programs. Only issue is my 2.8 UGPA; I do, however, have many years of work experience.

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Re: Part-time vs full-time: different LSAT standards?

Postby gdane » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:54 pm

Due to USNWR deciding to use part time numbers to calculate rankings many schools have decided to up their part time standards. GWU is a prime example. Their PT medians were lower than their full time and when USNWR changed their rankings methodology GWU dropped in the rankings. Since then GWU has pretty much brought the PT medians in line with their full time medians.

Apply to the schools you mentioned PT and see what happens. Write good essays, put an emphasis on your work experience, etc etc. The best thing you can do for yourself though is retake the LSAT. A higher score may get you scholarship money from the schools youre interested in.

Good luck!

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Re: Part-time vs full-time: different LSAT standards?

Postby Norwood » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:01 pm

Yes, part time programs are generally easier to get into then full-time programs, especially the tier 2 or 3 schools. If you have no shot at the full-time program then apply to the part time program. I got into many part time programs where i would have been shut out of their full-time pograms based solely on numbers.

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