AssumptionRequired wrote: lawgeekgrl wrote:
fashiongirl wrote:Gahhh I want to go here! I didn't think of applying with my numbers this cycle (3.12/158) and I was so focused on getting into USD, but now I'm retaking in June and hopefully I can get in to UCI next cycle.
I would think that it would be a waste to apply this late in the cycle to UCI right? Although it would be nice to miraculously get WL'd and accepted.... thoughts?
My numbers are 153/3.75. I have done a lot of extracurricular work on top of part-time work and school. I am also from a disadvantaged background. I'd say my biggest asset was my Why UCI essay. UCI was my number one choice and I think it showed. When you write yours, and if you'd like some input, I'd love to help.
you got in with a 153/3.75? By disadvantaged background do you mean you are a URM? They give big boosts for one and not the other
Not every URM is disadvantaged and not every disadvantaged person is a URM. I'm what they call a non-URM Hispanic. Meaning I am from Latin America, yet not from a historically underrepresented minority in the US. I am self-supporting. I basically had to start from nothing and put myself where I am today. Which may explain why I am overly enthusiastic that I have made it this far.
I know the LSAT is important but it isn't the end of the world. For example, I'm sure that with a better LSAT, I would have received better scholarships, and perhaps better offers. However, since UCI was the place where I wanted to go to begin with, I like to think that I couldn't have gotten a better offer. I definitely could have done better on the LSAT, but the circumstances at the time weren't right.
I think if one has low numbers, you gotta compensate HEAVILY for it. For example, though I work part-time, intern, and do community service, my GPA continues to be high. Add to that the fact that I am an honors student, so I have longer assignments to worry about than the rest of my peers.
But even then, I think trying this hard isn't always necessary. If it's right for you, it is. Schools have so much wiggle room to accept lower LSATs or GPAs or both, so if they wanted to do it, they would. But if I put myself in the shoes of admissions staff and look at poor scores of someone who only goes to school, and has been supported by their parents, then I'd think they're not ready yet for the challenges of law school. Simply put, I wouldn't have someone come so that they can fail out and be in debt. But this is why we are all special cases in some way, so this is why I do admire staff who actually look at ALL of the application.