T-14 chances for a distance UG?

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drewthedude
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T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby drewthedude » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:42 pm

Hey good folks,
I'll soon be leaving the Army to go to law school. I've done fairly well here, strolled through the ranks quickly, and currently am stationed in DC working in counterintelligence. I'll have nine years in when I leave, so will be starting LS at the ripe ancient age of 28.

Now for the downside... since I joined at 18, I pretty much brushed aside the entire college idea, and had to complete my BA through distance education. Long story short, I knocked out a Poli Sci BA from Thomas Edison State College, relying on plenty of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams and distance courses to finish out the degree. My cumulative UG GPA is 3.52. I have yet to take the LSAT, but fully intend on studying for about six months straight and giving it my absolute best shot. And, I'll be doing a "brick and mortar" Master's at GW starting in January (one year program) before I apply to LS.

My question is this - do I have T-14 chances given my odd and non-traditional UG institution? TESC is probably the UG equivalent of TTTT, so it's certainly not prestigious. If my chances are nil, I could always get out and do intel work here in DC but I'm tired of the secret life and want to live a normal civilian life practicing law. Plus I've wanted to go to law school since I was like 8. Don't ask me why my train derailed for quite a few years in the Army - just love it, I suppose.

Thoughts?

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Re: T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby NoodleyOne » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:58 pm

Your GPA isn't great, but it isn't awful either. Your military service is a kickass soft which will mitigate that somewhat. Harvard isn't impossible (although probably not likely) with a 175+, and everything below that is definitely possible with a strong LSAT.

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Re: T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby Kurst » Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:53 pm

drewthedude wrote:I knocked out a Poli Sci BA from Thomas Edison State College. My cumulative UG GPA is 3.52. My question is this - do I have T-14 chances given my odd and non-traditional UG institution?
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drewthedude
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Re: T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby drewthedude » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:29 am

Noodley - thank you! I'll do everything in my power to rock the LSAT - we'll see how the UG issue plays out.

Kurst - ah, thanks for the pre-searched list of threads; definitely looks like this topic has been discussed at length on here.

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ben4847
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Re: T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby ben4847 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:54 am

I know people in HLS with much worse than that. Although, they had better GPA's from their "college".

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Br3v
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Re: T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby Br3v » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:21 pm

Where you went to college will not matter outside of maybe attending Harvard Yale or Princeton for UG

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wingedwolf
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Re: T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby wingedwolf » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:01 am

I did distance for UG and am applying this cycle with a 3.66/161. I'm not trying for T-14, but T-50, I can let you know how my cycle goes.

florida1949
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Re: T-14 chances for a distance UG?

Postby florida1949 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:28 pm

NoodleyOne wrote:Your GPA isn't great, but it isn't awful either. Your military service is a kickass soft which will mitigate that somewhat. Harvard isn't impossible (although probably not likely) with a 175+, and everything below that is definitely possible with a strong LSAT.


+1

I have a similar (almost exactly the same) GPA so I have done my due diligence. YS are (probably) out and Harvard is a long shot, but everything else is attainable if you score well enough on your LSAT.




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