Number of absences precluding acceptance?

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Number of absences precluding acceptance?

Postby galleon » Sun May 26, 2013 4:53 pm


I looked for a pre-existing thread but nothing quite compares to my case, and I mean that in the most unflattering way possible. Essentially the main question for me comes down to something along the lines of "should I even bother retaking, or am I just screwed with no hope?" Are all of the T14s going to throw out my app even if I get to their LSAT medians (GPA is 3.7)? Or does the recent drop in applications, and especially of higher test takers, give me a chance? The problem is outlined below.

I have three absences over the last four years, and a 15x score (for which I did no timed practice tests, review etc). Recently I have been studying for the exam properly, and the results and progression are promising. So while I understand many schools take the highest score, I don't want to seem like such a red flag that I will be auto disqualified. In other words, if this is likely it would be unfortunate to waste time studying and money applying.

So I understand that this will make me look bad, and I am also aware that non-exceptional ECs won't save me, even slightly, but would my Master's degree, few years of work experience (teaching, research, marketing), a couple of academic publications (in major outlets) help in a PS to slightly circumvent my looking like a lazy or unprepared candidate?

Please move topic if in wrong section. Thanks.

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Re: Number of absences precluding acceptance?

Postby Ti Malice » Sun May 26, 2013 8:37 pm

Some schools (YHS and maybe a couple of others) would likely care about a score report that looks like that, regardless of your later score. They can afford to be picky. But a graduate degree, significant work experience, and publications should mitigate the impact.

But it probably wouldn't make much of a difference at most schools. Schools are really struggling to maintain their medians with the precipitous decline in apps over the last few years. A single high score will weigh much more heavily than the rest of your LSAC report.

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