I'm currently looking into what my application would look like for law school. I'm a pretty big splitter, so the law school predictors seem to be very flaky. As I wrote in the title, my numbers are 3.1-3.2, 174 (practice average), and 2 years WE. I'll go into each factor in detail:
- GPA: It's low without a doubt. I went to a top 5 engineering program. No signs of upward trend. Some mitigating factors for my worst semester. I have a strong recommendation from a professor I did research with who can speak to my abilities as a researcher and student.
- LSAT: First of all this is my average across 3 official practice tests taken under testing conditions. I have not done any preparation for the test itself, I just wanted to take 3 tests to get my starting point. Obviously how I will do on the real test is up in the air, but I think I will score in this range. I have a really good track record with standardized testing, scoring close to perfect on ACT/SAT and doing quite well on many APs. I think after working through the logic games bible and taking 30 more practice tests I should be able to get a similar score on the real exam. Something in the high 170s would be better for sure, but I don't think I can reliably depend on that.
- WE: I have a research job in my field at a very competitive and well known place I'm planning on staying for a few years. I think by the time I finish my work experience I will have a publication or two in my field at tier one conferences.
I've written up detailed summaries of every school in the top 50. Right now I think the school that I really like the most is BU. I think I want to target biglaw in either Boston or Chicago, but working probono on public interest issues is very, very important to me. Here are my questions:
- Are schools like BU doable with my numbers?
- Are clases taken after undergraduate factored into GPA? My GPA is higher if you include some night classes I've taken as a part of my work (all highly technical classes, no soft stuff).
- I'm pretty much a no-go at T14 right? I really liked Northwestern as well, but my GPA isn't even close.
Thanks a lot for the feedback. Like I said, I'm just trying to put together an accurate picture for myself. 3 years and 150K is a huge investment and I don't want to commit if I wont be able to get what I want out of the experience.