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ksd22
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advice?

Postby ksd22 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:00 pm

Hello! I am finishing up fall semester of my sophomore yr in college and I've just decided that I want to go to law school. If I apply myself I will probably graduate with a 3.4-3.55. And naturally hoping to get a 170+ on LSAT. What could I do to better my application (cause I know it's a low gpa)? I know it's early but when do people usually start studying for the LSAT and begin the app process? Also what (if any) of the top schools would I have a fighting chance of getting into?

Thank you!!

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Re: advice?

Postby M458 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:10 pm

ksd22 wrote:Hello! I am finishing up fall semester of my sophomore yr in college and I've just decided that I want to go to law school. If I apply myself I will probably graduate with a 3.4-3.55. And naturally hoping to get a 170+ on LSAT. What could I do to better my application (cause I know it's a low gpa)? I know it's early but when do people usually start studying for the LSAT and begin the app process? Also what (if any) of the top schools would I have a fighting chance of getting into?

Thank you!!


Why can't you get that GPA higher than a 3.55? You only have 2 semesters of grades under your belt; at the end of the day GPA and LSAT are the biggest factors, and you still have the ability to control both of them.

ksd22
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Re: advice?

Postby ksd22 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:46 pm

well, i hadn't thought of grad/law school until recently, so i currently have a 3.06 and it is too late to get all A's this semester, so at the end of this semester ill probably have a 3.17. And if I get straight A's the next 3 semesters the highest i can bring it up is 3.55 (that would be it at the beginning of senior year when i would be applying--i dont think they care about final gpa)

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Re: advice?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:56 pm

ksd22 wrote:well, i hadn't thought of grad/law school until recently, so i currently have a 3.06 and it is too late to get all A's this semester, so at the end of this semester ill probably have a 3.17. And if I get straight A's the next 3 semesters the highest i can bring it up is 3.55 (that would be it at the beginning of senior year when i would be applying--i dont think they care about final gpa)

So plan to take a year off after your senior year to get all your grades counted. Take easy classes at a local community college over the summer, and add a fifth year onto your time in undergrad if it won't cost you anything. You're lucky because right now you still have lots of control over your GPA. Most people figure that out far too late.

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Re: advice?

Postby paratactical » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:57 pm

1) Get your GPA as high as you can without taking on too much unnecessary debt by taking additional classes or waiting to graduate. Anything reasonable you can do to have the best GPA you can.

2) Get the highest LSAT score you possibly can.

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Re: advice?

Postby drive4showLSAT4dough » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:58 pm

1. Spend the rest of college trying to get A's
2. Get a job working at a law firm as a paralegal / lit assistant / AA
3. Plan to give yourself at least 12-15 weeks of 20hrs/week studying prior to taking the LSAT (minimum).

Thats your best shot at a 3.6 / 170 with work experience.

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Re: advice?

Postby willwash » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:39 pm

Don't even think about the LSAT yet. You still have WAY too much school left, and TONS of time to worry about the LSAT.

Everything everyone is saying about focusing on grades is exactly right. I was in your position once. I dicked around in college and got mediocre grades until my senior year, when I got married and got my wife pregnant. Then once I finally had a real reason to be motivated I got a 3.8 my senior year, but my cumulative is 3.49 and there is nothing, NOTHING, I can do to change that, and many doors are permanently closed as a result. That was 6.5 years ago. I'm realistically anticipating low to mid 170s on the LSAT...but my low GPA closes SO many doors. I could get a 180 on the LSAT, and, despite 9 years of military service and that upward trend in GPA, nonetheless I'd be out at HYS and an extreme reach at CCN...Honestly I'm lucky as hell to be a Virginia resident so I still have a legitimate shot at top 10.

Focus on your grades. Take more classes, and easy ones you can use to pad your GPA.

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Re: advice?

Postby SEngland » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:58 pm

1. Take year off
2. Study for LSAT full time
3. Chill
4. Take LSAT and get 170 +
5. Send apps in early and get fee waivers
6. Chill and gather t14 acceptances plus scholly's
7. Get chill job and save cash for school
8. Enjoy summer
9. ??????????
10. Profit




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