What do I need to score on my LSAT?

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ab9315
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What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby ab9315 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:52 am

Hi all! Hoping for some opinions. I have a 3.58 GPA from a top 10 liberal arts school and scored 162 on my December LSAT. Not a URM. Will have 3 years of work experience upon entering law school. I'm retaking in June and know I need a big improvement. My "dream school" list so to speak in no particular order is:
UVA
Penn
Berkeley
NYU
Columbia
Vanderbilt
UT

With my GPA, about how high do ya'll think I need to score in June? Thanks in advance :)

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Future Ex-Engineer
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Re: What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby Future Ex-Engineer » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:56 am

Always shoot for 180.

Realistically, with a 170 you should be a good look for a number of those schools. 168 might get you in a couple of them. 175 and you'll be in pretty much everywhere on your list.

MYLSN literally exists for this purpose.

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Re: What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby LSRAT » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:00 am

ab9315 wrote: about how high do ya'll think I need to score in June?


As high as you can.

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Re: What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby silenttimer » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:08 am

With your GPA and list of schools, I would say at least 166/67 to get into some of the lower end schools and at least 174/75 for the high end schools. Good luck!

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Re: What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby 01panm » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:41 pm

I would say at least a 169 to give yourself solid options. A 166 might barely get you into UT or Vanderbilt but those aren't places you want to be paying sticker at. With a 169 or above, you're looking at good money at those T20 schools and acceptances at mid-T13 schools. At that point you can make a choice between discounted regional or sticker T14 schools.

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Re: What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby HonestAdvice » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:58 pm

You're below the gpa median at all of them so it's more important to have a high LSAT score.

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Re: What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby jpark86 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:02 pm

With all thats been said by the posts above, I strongly encourage you to think about your softs and how to streamline your application.

For instance, many people when they looked at my numbers alone didn't think I would be able to get into the top end of the T13/14... However, I've been accepted this cycle to Columbia, NYU, Penn, etc.
Feel free to PM for more details, but I really think my essays were what convinced these schools to accept me

I went to a Penn admitted students reception a few weeks ago and had a quick chat with one of the admissions officers. I was extremely surprised when she told me she still remembered my essay!

So the key takeaways are:
1) score as high as possible on your LSATs
2) BUT don't get too bogged down by a less than stellar score... think about your softs and how you can package them in your personal statement, diversity statement, resume, LORs, etc.

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Re: What do I need to score on my LSAT?

Postby ab9315 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:40 am

Thanks all! Yeah, thinking I'm going to do way better this time around as I'm PTing in the high 160s-low 170s. Only worry is that that's how it was before the first one, but of course, when your roommates decide to throw a party the night before and you have nowhere else to go I guess that affects your mental state more than you realize! Thanks to everyone for the insight.




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