161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

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Should I retake the LSAT?

Yes (shot at t14)
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71%
Yes (t18)
2
8%
No (current score will work)
2
8%
No (take what you get this year)
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13%
 
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B101
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161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby B101 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:13 am

My uGPA will likely be 3.72-3.74 at graduation. Double major with a minor. Small relatively unknown school. Decent softs. Non-urm.

161 on the LSAT but I only studied when I could for about a month. Then I realized that my December LSAT was finals week during which I was sick and got about 4 hours of sleep before the test. That said, the best I ever scored on a practice test was a 164.

I have not had the best cycle and have only been accepted to one school (Wake Forest - which seems far more regional than I had previously thought). 5 t14 rejections, 4 t25 waitlists. It seems that Vanderbilt (pending) or WUSTL (waitlist) would be great options for me, but the way this cycle has been I'm nervous that Vandy will reject me. I applied very late in the cycle.

If I retake the LSAT what would it take for me to have a solid shot at the t18? or even the t14, t10, or t6? Should I retake the LSAT?


Thanks for your feedback!
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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby CanadianWolf » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:48 am

Yes, you should retake the LSAT if you are willing & able to better prepare for the test. Even a few points should dramatically increase your law school options & should get you scholarship offers from some T-30 law schools. For example, a 3.73 GPA & a 164 might yield a full tuition scholarship offer from Wake Forest--a law school to which you were accepted this cycle. Also, with a slightly higher LSAT score, your 4 waitlist offers would most likely be acceptances.

A 164/3.73 should get you serious consideration from a few lower T-14 law schools; anything above a 164 will increase your chances of admission within the T-14 law schools.

Check lawschoolnumbers.com for more detailed guidance.

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby hairbear7 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:06 am

Yes

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby BigZuck » Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:27 am

Yes

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby downbeat14 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:30 am

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby mu13ski » Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:33 am

Retake. Also, t18? Did I miss something?

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby Clemenceau » Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:36 am

Definitely retake, OP.

B101 wrote:the t18? or even the t14, t10, or t6?


Ugh

B101
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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby B101 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:20 pm

Thanks for the feedback. I am probably going to take the advice and retake.

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zombie mcavoy
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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby zombie mcavoy » Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:23 pm

downbeat14 wrote:Retake and it's not even a close question. Good luck OP

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby Nomo » Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:24 pm

B101 wrote:161 on the LSAT ... the best I ever scored on a practice test was a 164.


The minimal amount of studying you did would normally be a good enough reason to retake. But this is even better. You have hard evidence that you are capable of scoring at least 3 points higher. Those three points are worth a lot of scholarship money (and better acceptances). There is no good reason to leave those points on the table.

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby Broncos15 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:45 pm

With a 3.7 the sky is the limit outside of Y and S ( maybe Berk)

So no reason not to retake.

Even if you aren't looking for T14/big law ....you should at least increase the $$ from schools you plan on applying to

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby RunnerRunner » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:26 pm

B101 wrote:My uGPA will likely be 3.72-3.74 at graduation. Double major with a minor. Small relatively unknown school. Decent softs. Non-urm.

161 on the LSAT but I only studied when I could for about a month. Then I realized that my December LSAT was finals week during which I was sick and got about 4 hours of sleep before the test. That said, the best I ever scored on a practice test was a 164.


Small, unknown school doesn't matter. That's what I love about the LSAT: it's the great equalizer. Score high enough and no one cares that you weren't rich enough to go to a fancy school when you were 18. Definitely retake OP. One month of on and off studying is nothing, if you tested mid-160s from that there's no reason you couldn't go 170 or maybe even 175+ if you put some serious work in, and that coupled with your GPA gives you some seriously attractive options. Good luck!

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby Albus Dumbledore » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:37 pm

You weren't adequately prepared the first time you took the LSAT, and you still got a 161. You probably have a great chance of gaining a few more points and getting accepted to a T14 after a few more months of studying.

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:36 pm

t18 ljl

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby OhBoyOhBortles » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:37 pm

Yes.

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Re: 161 Lsat 3.7 uGPA should I retake?

Postby KMart » Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:49 pm

If you have to ask, the answer is yes.




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