3.03 UGPA/ 3.4 Grad GPA/ 154 LSAT/ CPA/ MBA

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3.03 UGPA/ 3.4 Grad GPA/ 154 LSAT/ CPA/ MBA

Postby manofvalue » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:30 am

Hello here is a bit more detail on the above:
3.03 GPA - CSUN (Accounting major) - Dec 2011 grad
CPA - Dec 2013
3.4 GPA - USC MBA - May 2017
Work Experience - Forensic Accounting/Litigation Consulting - 6+ years

What are my chances at the following, should I even try ?
USC
Loyola
Pepperdine
Chapman

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Re: 3.03 UGPA/ 3.4 Grad GPA/ 154 LSAT/ CPA/ MBA

Postby chargers21 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:11 am

Any school that would take you with that LSAT/GPA combo is not worth attending, so you either need to retake the LSAT or just utilize those very marketable degrees on a non-legal career and forget about law school.

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Re: 3.03 UGPA/ 3.4 Grad GPA/ 154 LSAT/ CPA/ MBA

Postby J Eazy » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:58 am

What do you want to do? With this many degrees it seems like you’re pretty aimless. Isn’t USC’s business school (assuming this is Southern California and not South Carolina) really good? If that degree and your work experience can get you roughly where you want to be, do that, because you’d be getting an inferior JD with your stats.

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Re: 3.03 UGPA/ 3.4 Grad GPA/ 154 LSAT/ CPA/ MBA

Postby NoDayButToday » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:17 pm

J Eazy wrote:What do you want to do? With this many degrees it seems like you’re pretty aimless. Isn’t USC’s business school (assuming this is Southern California and not South Carolina) really good? If that degree and your work experience can get you roughly where you want to be, do that, because you’d be getting an inferior JD with your stats.


Incidentally, USC's (South Carolina) business school is #1 on USNWR for international MBA--but OP's other West Coast schools make me think s/he's probably SoCal.

OP, unfortunately grad GPA doesn't generally factor into admissions because the schools don't have to report those--and in fact I'd worry that yours could even hurt you since grad school is typically supposed to be easier/more inflated (though I get that biz school is different than a single subject area).

I think your work experience and other degrees could help overcome your GPA to an extent--UGPA is often less relevant over time in measuring your strength as a candidate--but if you really want to practice law (and therefore go to law school), you should work on the LSAT. Even with the back up career possibilities that you have, it just doesn't make a lot of sense to commit the time or significant resources required to go to law school if you're going to a school with poor JD-required career placement as some of those schools have. Your UGPA will be a liability to you in admissions no matter what, unfortunately, but if you can work on the LSAT and go up 10 points, you'll at least be close to USC's median. If you can manage high 160s or low 170s, you could be looking at admission and potentially scholarship $ to USC or even UCLA. When I started LSAT prep, I was scoring between 156 and 162 on my prep tests (161 first take). I did intensive self-study and managed to go up to 165. It's not a massive leap, but it is almost 10 points up from my original prep tests. I also know people who have managed to go up to the high 160s and low 170s from a mid-150s start. It is possible, you just have to put in the work. For law school to make sense for you, I think you would need to be willing to invest that time.




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