3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

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3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

Postby RichyD23 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:04 pm

Hi guys,

I will be applying to schools in the middle of my senior year of UG with a 3.43 GPA from a top-10 UG school. I'm taking the LSAT in October.

Obviously, like most of you, my objective is to gain admittance into at least one t-14 school.

I am confident that my LSAT will at least put me in competition for these schools, as my last full-length, proctored, timed diagnostic was a 167 (almost 3 weeks ago with TestMasters) and I have made, and continue to make, significant gains in LG and LR section scores since that assessment (LG: +4 and LR I & II: +2.) Given my performance on diagnostics and related material, I feel somewhat optimistic that my LSAT score will help me recover from my comparably low GPA and that 170 is more than within reach.

All that said, my GPA is a source of concern for me at the moment. It's in the bottom 25% of all the schools that I'd like to go to and, though I feel tentatively confident about my LSAT, my GPA is the only concrete statistic I have available. Has anyone been in this nerve-wracking position? Any advice or suggestions? The situation makes me anxious. I know that my GPA puts me at a serious disadvantage for admissions, but just how bad off am I? What LSAT score would you wise TLSers consider safe for admission into at least t-14 and what schools should I be hedging my bets with?

Advice appreciated. You guys are the best.


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Re: 3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:14 pm

Low GPA/High LSAT is called a splitter. Use the search function and you will find many, many other people discussing splitter application cycles.

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Re: 3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

Postby Nova » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:16 pm

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Re: 3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

Postby Ti Malice » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:43 am

Kill the LSAT and you'll have multiple options within the T14 and possibly even one or two in the non-YHS T6.

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Re: 3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:25 pm

3.43 is well above the floor of most T-14 schools, especially now that apps have rapidly declined. Pair that GPA with a high LSAT and a nice Chianti and you'll be set.

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Re: 3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

Postby Toby Ziegler » Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:14 pm

Here is a thread with a number of splitters and their cycles last year.

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 7&t=202290

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Re: 3.4 UG GPA--Advice Needed

Postby xylocarp » Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:04 pm

You might want to consider waiting until next cycle to apply if you think your GPA will be higher at that time.

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