Law School Discussion

Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: theresa11 on October 30, 2004, 12:42:28 PM

Title: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: theresa11 on October 30, 2004, 12:42:28 PM
I basically bombed the LSAT.  But I do not plan to retake it. I'm just not a very good test taker, plain and simple. Anyone have any advice?
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: rogue on October 30, 2004, 12:49:08 PM
If you don't retake, your options are pretty limited. University of Detroit is a decent option for your situation. Oklahoma City University, Albany, South Texas, and Ohio Northern are some other possibilities. That's pretty much the best of what you have available. In my opinion if you really want to go to law school and none of these choices are what you want, then you really need to retake.
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: Lulu on October 30, 2004, 12:54:15 PM
I agree. Your options will be very limited unless you retake, and if you really want to go to law school, just buckle down and do it. The thing is, you can be a bad test taker, but if you go to law school, you'll be taking 1 test per semester that will determine your grade AND of course, the bar later. I think this is why the LSAT is so important in admissions- they want to make sure you can do it once you're in. Plus, it tests a lot of skills you need for law school. If you studied a lot, took a prepcourse, took every preptest available, and still didn't do well, then maybe law school just isn't your thing. If you haven't done all of this, then you should do it and then retake the test.

YOu should keep in mind too that it's a lot better to look at other options now then in 3 years when you're in debt and can't pass the bar because you're a bad test taker.
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: AuburnChick on October 30, 2004, 01:37:47 PM
why not retake?? you obviously studied for 4 years to get such a solid gpa!! its just one more test...and it seems to all be learnable if you invest in a class or some good books
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: NYKnicks on October 30, 2004, 01:45:36 PM
retake it, your GPA is great, and even if you can pop into the mid 150's on your next test, it will open up a lot of schools for you to apply to.
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: Cletus on October 30, 2004, 01:53:26 PM
Some schools invite you to argue that the LSAT under-predicted your academic potential. If you had really low SAT scores and a high college GPA, you can potentially argue that the LSAT will have the same relation to your performance in law school. I think this argument only works for borderline cases though. You aren't going to convince Yale or Harvard with this argument.
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: Lulu on October 30, 2004, 03:46:45 PM
Some schools invite you to argue that the LSAT under-predicted your academic potential. If you had really low SAT scores and a high college GPA, you can potentially argue that the LSAT will have the same relation to your performance in law school. I think this argument only works for borderline cases though. You aren't going to convince Yale or Harvard with this argument.

I don't think it will work for a score that low. Maybe if you broke 150 it would. and I'm sure you could with a little studying...I mean, you got a 3.9 GPA! Unless your major was basketweaving, you have more potential than a 145.
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: mikiimai on November 01, 2004, 03:10:46 PM
study one year like crazy. (6 hours a day)

get mid 160's next year.

apply lower t 14 or aorund 20ish school.

go to one of those school.

you future will be forever change.


Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: Focker on November 01, 2004, 04:39:32 PM
Suicide.
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: john6675 on November 01, 2004, 04:46:58 PM
ignore focker- his screen name says it all.
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: Your Mom on November 01, 2004, 06:47:52 PM
you could try to go to a school for a year and do fabulously (as you I'm sure you will since you have a 3.9 GPA) and transfer up.  If you prove yourself you can probably get into a great school.  This might hurt you for recruiting purposes however, but it might keep you from having to retake....
Title: Re: 145 LSAT, 3.90 GPA - What now?
Post by: OnDayAtaTime on November 02, 2004, 08:45:48 AM
I would say retake. It is REALLY risky to rely on being able to transfer...you never know what will happen...and it would suck to get stuck somewhere that you didn't like (or wasn't as good job wise)


HTH