3.6/151 Strong Softs

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3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby Mookie14 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:21 pm

New person to the forum trying to get my head straight for this next application cycle. I have a LSAC GPA of 3.6, BA in poli sci from a respectable liberal arts school upstate. I've taken the June LSAT and got a 151 which was below what I was shooting for though I wasn't practicing above 160. Not everyone here is in the 165+ range. I've been working full time as an investigative analyst at the NYC DA's Office for over a year now. I've spent a significant time in court second seating and have testified on a number of occasions and have great LORs. Entertaining the idea of part-time school. Besides telling me to retake the LSAT :twisted: what are my chances at the following schools:

Cuse
Maine
UNH
Pace
NYLS PT
Albany
UConn PT
Temple PT
Rutgers-Newark
Seton Hall

Thanks and flame away.

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby bk1 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:24 pm

Do you really have strong softs?

How much did you study for the LSAT and what methods did you use?

Retake, seriously.

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby Mookie14 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:28 pm

Studied for a couple months with a prep class after work. Found it difficult to put in all my energy into both. And yes I'd consider my other legal employment and current position in a specialized unit at DANY a strong soft. I'm thinking about throwing some apps out there and retake if necessary for 2012.

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby Knock » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:29 pm

Retake, save yourself the application fees. Not meant to be rude, but I truly think it is in your best interest to up your LSAT score as much as possible. Give it your 100% all on your retake preparation.
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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby nealric » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:29 pm

#1: Retake the LSAT. You have nothing to lose- you don't even need to study much more.
#2: Avoid the NYC schools

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby bk1 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:30 pm

Mookie14 wrote:Studied for a couple months with a prep class after work. Found it difficult to put in all my energy into both. And yes I'd consider my other legal employment and current position in a specialized unit at DANY a strong soft. I'm thinking about throwing some apps out there and retake if necessary for 2012.


You're going to be quitting this job for law school. Find a way to put the prep time in necessary to do well on the LSAT, it will pay off hugely in the end. I don't think that is a strong soft, but I could be wrong.

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby Knock » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:32 pm

bk1 wrote:
Mookie14 wrote:Studied for a couple months with a prep class after work. Found it difficult to put in all my energy into both. And yes I'd consider my other legal employment and current position in a specialized unit at DANY a strong soft. I'm thinking about throwing some apps out there and retake if necessary for 2012.


You're going to be quitting this job for law school. Find a way to put the prep time in necessary to do well on the LSAT, it will pay off hugely in the end. I don't think that is a strong soft, but I could be wrong.


This. It's not a strong soft in the sense that it's going to make much of a difference in your cycle.

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:38 pm

Unless you are an URM (under represented minority), your admissions chances are quite low for full time law school programs.

lawschoolpredictor.com has a predictor for part-time programs. Consider Michigan State.
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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby St.Remy » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:40 pm

A 151 on the LSAT puts you below 50% of all test takers. Considering that most people who score the same or lower than you don't even bother to apply to law school you will be on the low end of any school that you try to get into. This score would not get you into any top school. Nor would it get you into any regionally strong school. Nor would it give you a free ride even to the worst of the T4 schools. Cooley would still charge you almost full tuition. There is thus no way that going to law school with your numbers would be a good idea. Retake or don't bother applying.

P.S. if you can't focus to study on the LSAT how do you think you'll focus when you're reading legal documents?

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby Mookie14 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:41 pm

So no chance at any of those schools huh? Been fiddling around with lawschoolpredictor/numbers and it seems bleek but not overly so. Maybe I'm just optimistic.

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Re: 3.6/151 Strong Softs

Postby Knock » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:42 pm

Mookie14 wrote:So no chance at any of those schools huh? Been fiddling around with lawschoolpredictor/numbers and it seems bleek but not overly so. Maybe I'm just optimistic.


Kill the LSAT retake and watch those same schools throw money at you to get them to come to your school.




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