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Deciding Where to Go => Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists => Topic started by: XalandX on January 01, 2015, 08:10:39 PM

Title: 141 LSAT and 3.5 GPA Probability of Getting Accepted?
Post by: XalandX on January 01, 2015, 08:10:39 PM
Okay so I received my LSAT score and I did not feel confident about my score walking out of the LSAT but I never imagined doing this bad! I would score low 150's in my diagnostic tests I guess the nerves just got the best of me. Nevertheless, I want to go to law school in San Diego. I am planning to apply to Cal Western, Thomas Jefferson, and USD school of law. I know with my score I may have no other choice but to retake the Feb LSAT but do I have a shot at any of these three law schools? Any input would be appreciated thanks!
Title: Re: 141 LSAT and 3.5 GPA Probability of Getting Accepted?
Post by: barprephero on January 01, 2015, 11:06:26 PM
Sorry to hear that. Honestly you likely just had a bad day. It happens.
I say RETAKE the exam.

The only places that will accept a 141 are non aba schools, and you do NOT want to end up in one of those.
Title: Re: 141 LSAT and 3.5 GPA Probability of Getting Accepted?
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on January 02, 2015, 04:17:22 PM
Take a look at the admissions information available on LSAC's "Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools". It will give you a very good indication as to your chances.

That said, with a 141 LSAT you stand a statistically very low (perhaps nonexistent) chance at USD and CW, maybe marginally better at TJ. You can go ahead and apply, but I see a retake in your future.

Try to identify the specific reasons that you had trouble this time, and focus on fixing them.

Good Luck!
Title: Re: 141 LSAT and 3.5 GPA Probability of Getting Accepted?
Post by: XalandX on January 03, 2015, 11:26:15 AM
Thank you guys for sharing your thoughts and opinions!

I did take a look at the LASC calculator and for SD my possibilities of admission are basically non existent, at CW I have a 30-40% chance of getting in, and at TJ I have around a 60-80% opportunity, But I do not think its worth submitting my apps with such low possibilities so I've decided to retake the LSAT in Feb. As for the problem, I am sure it was time management. I am not sure if it was the nerves or knowing the importance of this test but in almost every section I would cut it short with time and was left to guess in 3-5 questions. In my diagnostic tests, time was not an issue but then again I was not under the same pressure. I will definitely be working on time management this time around thanks again guys for your input!
Title: Re: 141 LSAT and 3.5 GPA Probability of Getting Accepted?
Post by: Citylaw on January 05, 2015, 08:50:13 AM
First and foremost good job taking the LSAT and getting the score it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and get a score. I do not know how many people tell they want to attend law school, but never have the guts to take the test. Additionally, a 141 is not a great score, but you could have done worse.

With that intro, I believe all the schools listed will take your highest LSAT score. Therefore, I say apply to all the schools in San Diego and with a 141 3.5 you might have a shot and if you score higher on the next LSAT great.

One thing to be wary about however, is that if you struggle with standardized tests nerves etc the LSAT is the least stressful test you will face during the path of becoming an attorney. Your first year exams are far more stressful than the LSAT and much more is riding on them.  Then of course there is the bar exam, which is the highest stakes of all.

I think you may have a shot at Cal Western or Thomas Jefferson with your  numbers, but I think you should retake and be sure law school is right for you. A 141 LSAT score might indicate struggles with standardized testing and obtaining a licensing to practicing law requires the ability to handle the pressures of standardized testing.

Conclusion:
I plan on applying to the schools you are interested in August and take the LSAT as many times as possible. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by retaking.

I don't imagine you will do worse than 141 and even if you do schools will take your highest score. Additionally, the more you practice the better you are likely to do.

Good luck in your pursuit of a legal education.