Chances with my GPA?

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vlawnoob
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Chances with my GPA?

Postby vlawnoob » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:34 pm

Hey everyone,

I've seriously been considering law school over the past few months and was wondering what my chances are with the following credentials:

Top state school: Low GPA ~2.9 Accounting Major
Extracurriculars/story: Held major leadership positions on campus, Teach for America Alumni, some pretty unique leadership experiences
LSAT - Think I can score 165-175

Thoughts on my chances on getting into a top tier law school?

d34d9823
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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby d34d9823 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:36 pm

vlawnoob wrote:Hey everyone,

I've seriously been considering law school over the past few months and was wondering what my chances are with the following credentials:

Top state school: Low GPA ~2.9 Accounting Major
Extracurriculars/story: Held major leadership positions on campus, Teach for America Alumni, some pretty unique leadership experiences
LSAT - Think I can score 165-175

Thoughts on my chances on getting into a top tier law school?

Get a 170 and you have a fighting chance at Northwestern/Virginia. WashU lets in everyone with a 168 or above, regardless of GPA.

This should help: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby emciosn » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:37 pm

165-175 is a big range. 175 is a lot different than 165, even 170 is a huge improvement from 165 as far as admissions go. This question can't be answered without an LSAT. Come back when you get one.

vlawnoob
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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby vlawnoob » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:47 pm

Let's assume I hit 170 or above.

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby skers » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:58 pm

vlawnoob wrote:Let's assume I hit 170 or above.


Don't assume a 170.

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby Dr. Filth » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:25 pm

d34dluk3 wrote:
vlawnoob wrote:WashU lets in everyone with a 168 or above, regardless of GPA.

Is this actually true?

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby d34d9823 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:27 pm

Dr. Filth wrote:
d34dluk3 wrote:
vlawnoob wrote:WashU lets in everyone with a 168 or above, regardless of GPA.

Is this actually true?

http://washu.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats ... Cycle=1011

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby JazzOne » Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:31 pm

vlawnoob wrote:Let's assume I hit 170 or above.

Lol

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby moleculex17 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:48 pm

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lmfao

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby Corwin » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:20 am

If you get a 172 or higher you'll be in great shape for NU. Just realize that 172 is 99th percentile. UVA is difficult with sub 3.0, most people who get in with <3.0 are VA residents.

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby WSJ_Law » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:58 am

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby MumofCad » Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:36 am

I think the point is this - you need to really study for the LSAT with that GPA.

Anything below a 170, will most likely put you out of contention at most schools. You will be below their 25th% so you will need an LSAT that can bring their numbers up to compensate (170ish) and a solid application.

Best of luck!

My advice is to make sure you practice under real test circumstances - sit entire tests and a test section. 10-15 minute break after the 3rd section. Don't give yourself extra time, pause the time to go get some water, etc. I broke these rules (in part because I didn't study much and not until the last few weeks when I already had horrible morning sickness). It cost me on the test, because I realized I couldn't sit through the whole thing without a trip to the bathroom or a snack to calm my stomach. Since you can only snack during the allotted break, I was forced to get up toward the end up a section to avoid throwing up in the room, guess on a few after skimming them and then missed the start of the next section. I had unique circumstances being pregnant, but the point is the same - practice like you have to take it. I snacked while I worked through sections at home. It wasn't till I really looked at the rules of sitting the test that I became worried. At that point I would have to withdraw so I opted to just roll the dice. It worked out alright for me. If I had waited till October when I could sit through the entire test, I would scored significantly higher.

So sit down, take it under the real conditions, and you should have a fairly good idea of where you'll land on the real deal. Then work to get where you need to be.

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby vlawnoob » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:51 pm

Thanks so much for the non-douche responses.

Totally understand that a 170+ LSAT requires an extreme amount of hard work and dedication and I think I'm up for it. My question was really whether or not I was even in contention for the top 20-25 schools with as low a GPA as I have... and seems like it's been answered.

Thanks again!

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Re: Chances with my GPA?

Postby richalvarez » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:40 pm

I, also, find myself in a similar position. I have a 2.9 GPA in Accounting. I actually earned a 3.4 during my 4 years at my university, but 2 years at a JC is bringing me down. I recently took an initial diagnostic at a PowerScore course and scored a 152. I would like to score above 165, I'm hoping the course will give me the technique necessary to attack the LSAT and through hard work I can achieve my score. I wish you luck, I think we both need it

Edit: Does anyone know what kind of improvement I could expect from my initial diagnostic? I'm in a two-month prep course and I also have the PowerScore bibles. If I devote a very thorough two-months of prep, how much do you think I could raise my actual score by?




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