vlookup1990 wrote:Thanks to everyone for the replies/constructive feedback.
On the topic of why law school: I would like to think that I have a pretty good reason, but unfortunately going into detail would put me at risk of making it very easy for someone (particularly a future adcom) to identify me. However, if it helps I did indicate on my MBA application that I was planning on applying for the joint degree (which requires an additional essay), it came up during my interview, and one of my recommendation letters is from a Harvard JD/MBA. I guess all I can say on this one is assume that I have a good reason based on pretty clear professional interests.
Regarding the LSAT: When I took it cold I got a few wrong on LGS, which I then focused on during my two weeks of studying before the second attempt. I got between 173 and 176 on my last few practice tests but I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I let nerves get the best of me and I didn't bubble in a section on my scantron, realized it at the end of that section with five Qs to go, had to flip back and got nervous about misbubbling, etc. Ended up getting -6 on that LR which ruined my score and knocked me down to the 169 (4/6 I got wrong were on that last page turn that I did after the bubbling fiasco). I should have retaken last October when I was still fresh but work just took over my life.
A few followup questions I have based on all of your initial responses are:
1) If I do retake and get something in the 170-172 range, will that make a difference since it is my third time? Is there really a big difference between an applicant with a 167/169 and one with a 167/169/170 or 167/169/171? I completely understand that getting a 173/174+ would be a significant increase but I don't know if that'd be realistic given the fact that I haven't looked at the test in a year. Also, how much would it hurt if I were to retake and get another 169 or even a 168?
2) Realistically, how much does getting into HBS help in admissions (if at all)?
3) When applying with an intent to defer, will the take my plans during the deferral years into account when considering my application? This is pretty standard in MBA applications but I wasn't sure if it was the same for law school.
Finally, while I take no offense to anyone who says my softs aren't as strong as I may have portrayed them, I would like to defend myself to the extent that I wouldn't consider my inquiry to a derivative of "laziness". I do pride myself on having worked hard my entire life and I don't think it's absurd to want to use my one week of vacation during the year on something other than studying for the LSAT.
Thanks again to everyone for all of your input.
I maintain and reiterate, if your story is true, you will probably get in to Harvard Law with your current LSAT -- just so when OP comes back in seven months with a JS2, he cant say "oh all of TLS said retake and i got in anyway".