3.33/171 Retake? Wait to raise GPA?

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What are my chances of getting into Boalt Hall?

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Da1andOnlyPharo
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3.33/171 Retake? Wait to raise GPA?

Postby Da1andOnlyPharo » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:57 pm

Okay I'll be upfront and say this is a shameless repost but my first post was at like 2:30 am and i got one response (I thank you to the guy who did btw). ALSO i have an additional question to ask so...hopefully i don't get banned or something. Anyway,

-currently a 4th year senior in finance @ohio state university
-Economics/Japanese minor
-have a 3.33, if I got straight A's for the rest of the year I could potentially get a 3.51, but not likely.
-Just took Oct. 11 LSAT, first time, got a 171.
-Not URM, but have single mother and faced socioeconomic adversity.
-have some pretty good letters of rec from undergraduate faculty on the way.
-diverse but part-time work experience.
-incredibly weak extra curricular
-Charged and sanctioned for academic misconduct (use of unauthorized materials on exam)
-Charged but not sanctioned for bribery related to the charge above.

I've been looking at T14, did my due diligence with the calculators and LSN but my GPA is so low I feel like any chances those say I have are due to extrapolation. That said, there IS the possibility that I could put school off a year, but I'm not really trying to do that just so I can raise my GPA. Here's my additional question: Do you think its worth taking the LSAT again? I honestly think I could do better, but it would take some time and I'd rather dedicate myself to applying to schools rather than prepping. Since my GPA is incredibly not volatile, I'm considering it. I need your thoughts.

Dream school would probably be Berkeley, whether I'm, in fact, dreaming or not idc. Anything on the west coast would be nice, but I'm not to picky. If not T14, where should I set my sights?

Oh, and does anyone know of any school that has a particularly good entrepreneurial law program? I noticed schools rarely break there curricula down into programs like that, but I was at an OSU open house and they were saying they just opened a clinic for entrepreneurial law. Do you think its worth hitting the west coast specifically to be near where all that action is, given that I'm interested in entrepreneurial law?

bleern031
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Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:02 am

Re: 3.33/171 Retake? Wait to raise GPA?

Postby bleern031 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:02 pm

Lol what did you bribe with?

tennisking88
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Re: 3.33/171 Retake? Wait to raise GPA?

Postby tennisking88 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:20 pm

Da1andOnlyPharo wrote:Okay I'll be upfront and say this is a shameless repost but my first post was at like 2:30 am and i got one response (I thank you to the guy who did btw). ALSO i have an additional question to ask so...hopefully i don't get banned or something. Anyway,

-currently a 4th year senior in finance @ohio state university
-Economics/Japanese minor
-have a 3.33, if I got straight A's for the rest of the year I could potentially get a 3.51, but not likely.
-Just took Oct. 11 LSAT, first time, got a 171.
-Not URM, but have single mother and faced socioeconomic adversity.
-have some pretty good letters of rec from undergraduate faculty on the way.
-diverse but part-time work experience.
-incredibly weak extra curricular
-Charged and sanctioned for academic misconduct (use of unauthorized materials on exam)
-Charged but not sanctioned for bribery related to the charge above.

I've been looking at T14, did my due diligence with the calculators and LSN but my GPA is so low I feel like any chances those say I have are due to extrapolation. That said, there IS the possibility that I could put school off a year, but I'm not really trying to do that just so I can raise my GPA. Here's my additional question: Do you think its worth taking the LSAT again? I honestly think I could do better, but it would take some time and I'd rather dedicate myself to applying to schools rather than prepping. Since my GPA is incredibly not volatile, I'm considering it. I need your thoughts.

Dream school would probably be Berkeley, whether I'm, in fact, dreaming or not idc. Anything on the west coast would be nice, but I'm not to picky. If not T14, where should I set my sights?

Oh, and does anyone know of any school that has a particularly good entrepreneurial law program? I noticed schools rarely break there curricula down into programs like that, but I was at an OSU open house and they were saying they just opened a clinic for entrepreneurial law. Do you think its worth hitting the west coast specifically to be near where all that action is, given that I'm interested in entrepreneurial law?


Boalt is a huge reach. According to a few Boalt friends, admissions does not take academic misconduct lightly. But if it's your dream school, make sure you work the hell out of that personal statement and, in a way, beg for forgiveness

Da1andOnlyPharo
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Re: 3.33/171 Retake? Wait to raise GPA?

Postby Da1andOnlyPharo » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:35 pm

i may/may not have bribed the TA with 200 dollars to not report the misconduct lol. but no one really gave insight yet as to whether you think its worth it to wait or retake the LSAT?

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patrickd139
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Re: 3.33/171 Retake? Wait to raise GPA?

Postby patrickd139 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:45 pm

Wait, up your GPA as far as possible, craft a well-written addendum explaining away your indiscretions and then apply. Your LSAT is great, so I wouldn't retake. Any way you can bring up your GPA is going to pay off in spades.

Scipionyx
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Re: 3.33/171 Retake? Wait to raise GPA?

Postby Scipionyx » Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:24 pm

Or, just mail a personalized letter to the deans of admissions at your desired schools explaining your situation in detail. Preferably with small, unmarked bills.

Your undergrad major and bribery experience will look good for legal work related to the finance sector (for example, in-house at Goldman).




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