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swisschase
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Apply this year or wait?

Postby swisschase » Thu May 16, 2013 8:30 pm

Just a little background: I just graduated from a Pac12 university with a degree in physiology. I spent a good deal of time volunteering in hospitals, with special needs children, and as a camp counselor for youth. I have a 3.51 cGPA and a 159, 158, 161 on the last three LSAT practice tests I have taken (planning on taking the September LSAT). My worry is that since I have focused all of my efforts on padding a medical school application I will not be a good candidate for Law School this year. Should I wait to apply until next and work on some extra curricular's geared towards law school and/or take some history/com/law classes or should I study my brains out for the LSAT and take it in September and go ahead and apply? What advice can you offer a pre-med student who has seen the light and converted over to law?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby txdude45 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:24 pm

swisschase wrote:Just a little background: I just graduated from a Pac12 university with a degree in physiology. I spent a good deal of time volunteering in hospitals, with special needs children, and as a camp counselor for youth. I have a 3.51 cGPA and a 159, 158, 161 on the last three LSAT practice tests I have taken (planning on taking the September LSAT). My worry is that since I have focused all of my efforts on padding a medical school application I will not be a good candidate for Law School this year. Should I wait to apply until next and work on some extra curricular's geared towards law school and/or take some history/com/law classes or should I study my brains out for the LSAT and take it in September and go ahead and apply? What advice can you offer a pre-med student who has seen the light and converted over to law?

Thanks in advance.


Not sure if switching from MD to Esquire is "see[ing] the light", but just study for/kill the LSAT. Nothing else matters compared to LSAT/GPA. They don't care what classes you took (HYS have admitted theatre majors).

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby swisschase » Thu May 16, 2013 9:58 pm

Thanks for the reply txdude45. I initially considered Law school upon entering college but after meeting with an advisor, I was persuaded to do all of the pre-requisites for medical school (research, volunteering, shadowing etc) because it was so much more time intensive than the pre-law recommendations at my university. I am not working and can devote 20-40 hours per week studying for the LSAT. I am hoping that will be adequate to get me 164+. Should I consider waiting until December to take it October and get everything in before the end of the year?

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby txdude45 » Thu May 16, 2013 11:59 pm

swisschase wrote:Thanks for the reply txdude45. I initially considered Law school upon entering college but after meeting with an advisor, I was persuaded to do all of the pre-requisites for medical school (research, volunteering, shadowing etc) because it was so much more time intensive than the pre-law recommendations at my university. I am not working and can devote 20-40 hours per week studying for the LSAT. I am hoping that will be adequate to get me 164+. Should I consider waiting until December to take it October and get everything in before the end of the year?


If you're committed to going to LS fall 2014, study and take it in Oct. Send in your applications, but still retake in Dec if you think you can do better.

Don't think of studying as "i need to devote x hours to studying." If you don't study the right way, you can study 100hr/wk and see no benefit. Take a course, use the bibles, be sure to review every question in the practice tests (even the ones you got right), and don't push too hard. I saw people last fall put in too many hrs/wk and then tank the exam. Don't be that person. You have plenty of time

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby rad lulz » Fri May 17, 2013 12:25 am

What you really want with that GPA is a 170+

Or just do med school

Probably the safer route

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby Dr. Dre » Fri May 17, 2013 8:14 am

swisschase wrote:Pac12 university



:lol:

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby Justin Genious » Fri May 17, 2013 10:08 am

Dr. Dre wrote:
swisschase wrote:Pac12 university



:lol:

Since he said that to boast, right?

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby Dr. Dre » Fri May 17, 2013 12:25 pm

lol Pac12 universities are a joke


EXCEPT stanford

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby North » Fri May 17, 2013 12:46 pm

You need to shoot for a 170+, not a 164+.

Also, I'd go to med school if I were you. Wrong time to become a lawyer.

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby Justin Genious » Fri May 17, 2013 3:44 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:lol Pac12 universities are a joke


EXCEPT stanford

Since he said that to boast, right?

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby North » Fri May 17, 2013 3:55 pm

Justin Genious wrote:
Dr. Dre wrote:lol Pac12 universities are a joke


EXCEPT stanford

Since he said that to boast, right?

Are you taking something Dre said seriously?

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby Justin Genious » Fri May 17, 2013 4:12 pm

Srs troll is srs. He can beat me up irl tho.

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby rwhyAn » Fri May 17, 2013 4:26 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:lol Pac12 universities are a joke


EXCEPT stanford


Do you mean that juco in Palo Alto? I'd take ASU any day of the week over that overpriced garbage pile. :lol:

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Re: Apply this year or wait?

Postby jcg » Tue May 21, 2013 6:21 pm

"The Light" is actually seeing the employment numbers for legal graduates.




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