3.25/158

Not sure where your numbers will get you? Dying to know where you stand? Come have your palms read by your fellow posters!
Saint Yankee
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 5:15 pm

3.25/158

Postby Saint Yankee » Sun May 01, 2011 5:39 pm

...and 3.9 grad GPA + two years doing tech. writing for Dept. of Energy.

Chances at:
University of Oregon
Seattle University
University of Denver
Stetson University
Chicago-Kent
Northeastern

Any comments would be helpful. Thanks!

User avatar
Grizz
Posts: 10583
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Grizz » Sun May 01, 2011 5:45 pm

No one is gonna care about your grad GPA unfortunately. With a 158/3.25 you're not gonna get into anywhere worthwhile from debt/jobs standpoint. I'd retake, or don't go.

User avatar
acrossthelake
Posts: 4432
Joined: Sat May 16, 2009 5:27 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby acrossthelake » Sun May 01, 2011 5:48 pm

rad law wrote:No one is gonna care about your grad GPA unfortunately. With a 158/3.25 you're not gonna get into anywhere worthwhile from debt/jobs standpoint. I'd retake, or don't go.


Unless you've got a job guaranteed because your mom/dad owns a firm or something, this.

Saint Yankee
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 5:15 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Saint Yankee » Sun May 01, 2011 5:53 pm

Nope, no mommy/daddy lawyers.

Would being a URM help at all? (Hispanic-Latino)

User avatar
Grizz
Posts: 10583
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Grizz » Sun May 01, 2011 5:57 pm

Saint Yankee wrote:Nope, no mommy/daddy lawyers.

Would being a URM help at all? (Hispanic-Latino)


Are you Mexican/Puerto Rican, or are you "other" hispanic?

Saint Yankee
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 5:15 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Saint Yankee » Sun May 01, 2011 5:58 pm

I suppose "other".

minnesotasam
Posts: 93
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:47 am

Re: 3.25/158

Postby minnesotasam » Sun May 01, 2011 6:01 pm

Not URM then.

Saint Yankee
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 5:15 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Saint Yankee » Sun May 01, 2011 6:06 pm

Dagger. I am retaking in October.

Any comments on my chances if I boost to 160-165?

User avatar
Grizz
Posts: 10583
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Grizz » Sun May 01, 2011 6:06 pm

Saint Yankee wrote:I suppose "other".


Like Minnessotafan said, not likely to provide much of a boost if at all. I good diversity statement might help you, but not enough that applying with the LSAT/GPA combo is worthwhile.

There are some pretty good guides in the LSAT forum you can use to improve.

User avatar
Grizz
Posts: 10583
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Grizz » Sun May 01, 2011 6:07 pm

Saint Yankee wrote:Dagger. I am retaking in October.

Any comments on my chances if I boost to 160-165?


160-165 is a LARGE range. Just retake the LSAT and get back to use.

Use lawschoolnumbers.com if you want to play around with some scenarios.

Saint Yankee
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 5:15 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Saint Yankee » Sun May 01, 2011 6:08 pm

Thanks.

User avatar
acrossthelake
Posts: 4432
Joined: Sat May 16, 2009 5:27 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby acrossthelake » Sun May 01, 2011 6:16 pm

rad law wrote:
Saint Yankee wrote:Dagger. I am retaking in October.

Any comments on my chances if I boost to 160-165?


160-165 is a LARGE range. Just retake the LSAT and get back to use.

Use lawschoolnumbers.com if you want to play around with some scenarios.


+1
Do you have a specific region you'd like to work in?
Note: The West Coast is GPA-heavy...with that GPA, you're unlikely to get into any top regionals on the West Coast.

The genera idea is that barring unique circumstances that make it unimportant that you find a job through normal routes (ex: guaranteed job afterward already, already really wealthy so it's okay if you don't get a job, etc.) then you need to be aware of the following:
1) Schools are regional for placement. So, if you go to school in Chicago, unless it's the University of Chicago, or maybe Northwestern , don't plan on somehow making it back to Seattle or California for a long time.
2) Schools with the most national reach: Yale, Harvard, Stanford.
Schools with national reach, but weaker: Places like UChicago, Columbia, etc. NYU tends to do esp. good in NYC, though I'm unsure of how it stretches back West (though not awful, keep in mind their employment statistics are skewed to the NYC market). The rest of the T14 can stretch beyond their home market, but are weaker. This is going to be a school-specific generalization, and you'll want to talk to 2Ls and 3Ls at those schools for more info.
3) Even places like UVa do better in the South and you need to be higher up at UVa if you want placement outside of the South.
4) If you can't get into any of those, then pick a region and try to get into the best school in that region. I'm of the general opinion that if you want the Seattle market, if you can't get into the University of Washington at minimum, then your odds are shot for the market. I wouldn't go to Seattle U just because it's risky (though some will succeed). It's a tiny market and there isn't quite enough open jobs for the UW grads and the T14 grads coming home.

User avatar
dr123
Posts: 3503
Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:38 am

Re: 3.25/158

Postby dr123 » Sun May 01, 2011 7:08 pm

You could probably get into U of O, as is. Pretty good school with low tuition. Also in regards to the Washington Legal Market, everyone seems to think it's Seattle or bust but there's a decently sized legal market in Olympia and Tacoma

Saint Yankee
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 5:15 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby Saint Yankee » Sun May 01, 2011 7:12 pm

I am at UMass now and wouldn't mind staying on the east coast (or Boston, more specifically). I am very interested in Oregon and Seattle because of their legal writing programs (as well as Oregon's environmental program).

Denver, Stetson and Kent all have decent legal writing programs that I feel I have a shot at. (Originally from the SW, so wouldn't mind Denver.)

Thanks for your info.

User avatar
baboon309
Posts: 341
Joined: Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:21 am

Re: 3.25/158

Postby baboon309 » Sun May 01, 2011 7:18 pm

minnesotasam wrote:Not URM then.


That`s not true.

User avatar
DCDuck
Posts: 242
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:27 pm

Re: 3.25/158

Postby DCDuck » Sun May 01, 2011 7:21 pm

Can only comment on Oregon, but semi-URM (at Oregon, I bet you count as URM), Grad GPA and work experience might be enough to get you in to UO, especially if you apply early. Your LSAT and UGPA are both below median (but above 25th). Worth a shot, but your chance would be better if you could get your LSAT above their 75th to compensate. Improving your LSAT even to 160 would up your chances at all of those schools.




Return to “What are my chances?”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: james_brown, MSNbot Media and 3 guests