danieltorrey wrote: hoyasaxon wrote:
danieltorrey wrote:Yeah, I am an URM. But what is odd is that I was checking LSN, and there are some people there who made into GW with lower LSATs than mine for the 2009-2010 cycle. Some even as low as 148 LSAT and 2.91 GPA. That is wayyyyy lowwr than mine. Its hard to tell what is the criteria for acceptance, the acceptance process is not very transparent. How am I supposed to verify, for example, if I am not being discriminated against?
Anyway, thank you for the input, it's much appreciated!
that 148/2.91 is probably a backdoor, my relatives have donated millions of dollars to GW entrance....life's not fair-deal with it...my tardive roommate (144 lsat) from ug went to fordham law bc his father was on the board....i definitely would not take solace from someone getting in with a 148.
discrimination? you mean, your hoping to get accepted into a top 20 law-school with a median lsat that is a full 5 points higher than your highest lsat score, and the word "discrimination" is what comes to mind??? wow.
i say just be persistent with your loci's.......your numbers could just have easily constituted a quick DING; your urm status is probably still very beneficial-even in the WL stage, and i am willing to argue that as a non-urm, you should have been dinged straight up..hundreds of applicants with higher lsat's and very strong gpa's have been rejected.....
I understand that you may have found it strange that I brought up the word "discrimination" on a previous post. However, I said it as an example of unverifiability. I don't necessarily believe I am being discriminated against. Law school is almost as much about hypothesis as is philosophy, legal rules are actually hypothesis of incidence, so its good to get used to many hypothesis flying around, just for the sake of pushing the limits of a given rule or practice, Supreme Court Justices do that all the time.
So, assuming I was being discriminated against, there would be no way to hold anybody accountable because there would be no way to check that, just as there would be no way to know any other factor, like you said about the backdoor entrance.
Is it important to be able to verify whats the criteria for admissions? Sure, the first pillar of any republican system (res publica
, which means, from latin, public thing) is accountability, as lawyers and prospective lawyers, we should strive for an environment that fosters accountability, and I dont think the current system fosters it enough. Am I going to just to trust someone I don't even know? Well, maybe, but it is important to have the accountability mechanisms in place anyway. That is all I was saying.
Anyway, I think the reason why I am still in the picture at GW and have been admitted to other good schools thus far is that I already hail from a legal background. Thus, do I hope to get into a top 20 school with just a 160 LSAT? Sure, I believe this legal background should compensate that; see, the LSAT was designed as a tool for schools to asses how likely an applicant would be in succeeding at law school. Well, foreign lawyers been there and done that. So I just think it is somewhat bis in idem
so because you know some latin-derived legal terms- you believe that catapults you into serious contention for gw law? if anything, your extensive, thorough training and insight into legal thought (something almost noone else on this board has) should really have honed your analytical reasoning skills....this raises another flag about your lsat score..
you're familiar with fancy legal jargon, you've obviously been trained in the deduction tools necessary to be an attorney, and yet you can still only get 160? (160 is a rock solid score, dont get me wrong....but its below GW's 25th percentile..mere fact)
again, your numbers, even assuming an extraordinary grade point average, puts you more in line with the other DC law schools- your lsat is in fact below American's lsat median (163), a school slotted a full 28 spots lower in the usnwr rankings.
there are M.D's, phD's, international doctorates, and hundreds of masters degrees on this forum alone.....and many (not all) of them are finding their cycle to be a strict gpa/lsat numbers game...
plus, everyone on this forum has "extraordinary, unbelievable" softs...in their own heads...myself included.
that being said- i am rooting for you; you seem to be extremely interested in going to GW- and im sure your enthusiasm and ambtion will reflect well with the adcomm...i say keep pluggin away at them...