kswiss wrote:Put on hold yesterday, sent a LOCI today. I really want to get into L&C because I want to work in Portland. I hope I have a shot. LSAT 170, but 2.5 GPA because of some crappy semesters almost 10 years ago. I wish law schools were like most other graduate schools where they look at the last two years of college. If that was the case, I'd be a 3.7ish. Oh well, hopefully they give me a shot.
I think L&C is great. But if you really have a 170 and have been out of school for ten years, I don't see any reason why you would be considering schools below the top 30 (no matter what your GPA is). Take a look at the profiles of law firms in Portland and you'll see plenty of T30 schools (UW, for instance!). Most of those degrees transfer to Portland just fine and, in my experience working with NW firms, usually garner much better positions. I don't think your GPA will hold you back as much as you think, especially since you've been out in the real world for a while.
If L&C is your dream school or if you can't leave Portland, you should think about applying really early next cycle and snap up a huge scholarship. You shouldn't consider L&C without a 3/4 to full ride given such a high LSAT.
I hope this doesn't sound like I'm down on L&C, because I'm not. I just don't want you to waste that LSAT (that I'm jealous of!).
EDIT: Though there very little data on LSN similar to yours, I've realized though searching that there does seem to be a significant stigma against anyone around a 2.5 GPA. However, I still think you should hold out if L&C doesn't give you a really good scholarship. Here's an example of someone with worse numbers who got into U of M with a decent scholarship: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/OkieMike
. It appears that those who apply early and to a lot of schools have great cycles.