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Applying to Law School => Law School Admissions => Topic started by: boomkid on February 26, 2016, 10:11:16 AM

Title: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: boomkid on February 26, 2016, 10:11:16 AM
Here's my situation:
I'm in my second year of undergrad. I came in with a lot of credit and only need a couple more classes. The law school at the university I currently attend has an early entrance program. I could start this next year. It would fulfill the rest of the undergrad credits I need and I could finish law school+undergrad in 5 years. I would also have my tuition paid for.

Further, I am an athlete, and have 3 more years of eligibility. I would like to use at least one more year of competition.

I have a 170 LSAT, 4.0 GPA (for now anyways). The school I'm looking at has an average LSAT of 157. I'm being told that I'm wasting my time/potential going to this school.

I am in the process of finishing applying to this school, but now I'm wondering if I'm making a mistake. I don't have hugely ambitious career goals, but I don't want to end up unemployed or barely employed. Any input is appreciated.
Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: loki13 on February 26, 2016, 12:45:52 PM
If you're being serious, I will give you a serious answer.

A 170 LSAT with a 4.0 uGPA (undergraduate GPA) would put you in the running for any of the top schools in the nation, especially if you have finished school early and are competing athletically.

The school you're looking at is, based on your input, roughly 51 - 100. Not bad, but a different kettle of fish.

I wouldn't hurry this decisions. You don't list your age - if you're a non-trad UG (military, transfer, something else), then maybe it's worth it. On the other hand, law school is much more rigorous than UG is. Period. People often struggle.

Maybe you should more seriously consider your options rather than rush through. Know yourself a little better.
Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on February 26, 2016, 12:46:32 PM
I don't really know enough about your situation to offer advice, but here's the thing:

You're what, 19 or 20? There is no huge rush. You have time to decide, time to enjoy college, time to play sports, etc.

170 is a great LSAT score (BTW, is this an actual LSAT score or a prep score?). Getting free tuition at your current school would be great, but with a 170 why not apply to a few dream schools and see what happens? Most won't allow you to enter until you've actually graduated, but again what's the rush?

Also, (and I really mean this) take some time to research the legal market and what lawyers actually do on a day to day basis. You won't be so eager to get started!
Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: boomkid on February 26, 2016, 01:39:18 PM
This is serious, believe it or not. I will be 19 at the end of this year. This has kind of been my plan since I decided where to go to undergrad and I honestly never questioned it. Now that it's actually approaching for real, though, I'm reconsidering. I never expected to do quite that well on the LSAT, which is why I thought the school I'm looking at would be a fine fit. I'm definitely not in a hurry to get into the working world.

The main issue now is pressure from my parents. I need so few credits to graduate that I'd feel like I'm wasting my time taking another year. I suppose I could get another minor or something.
Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: Sundevil93 on February 27, 2016, 07:50:03 PM
With that LSAT/GPA combo and your age here is my advice:

1. Get a minor or double major in something
2. compete that extra year
3. HAVE FUN
4. Send out apps in October of the next year when you want to apply

 You will be in at all the top schools in the country with a good shot at Stanford, a coinflip's chance at Harvard, and a strong reach to Yale(there was no data on MyLSN to show if people with your stats get into Yale).

P.S. most people would kill to have been in your position at 19(including me)

Good luck!!!!!
Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on February 28, 2016, 12:00:41 AM
If you are 19 you haven't taken the lsat yet

stfu
Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
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Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on April 21, 2016, 06:27:43 PM
Look, I assumed this was a joke at first too, but seriously many states let you do law school with only 60 credits as their prelegal education requirement. And most the lawyers in those states have jack clue of it.

I know since I have had arguments with idiots who go the full "I've been doing this 30 years..........nothing of value in middle............have you???"

@#!* those guys (not the gals, they'd enjoy it)

Once you get licensed no one gives a *&^% unless you go big law, and unless your family is in big law you will never get in with a 4.0 from Harvard but WILL get in with a 2.0 from cooley if you have family in it (reality)
Title: Re: Am I making a mistake with my law school plan?
Post by: BernieMiles on December 04, 2017, 06:59:36 AM
170 / 4.0 is still a great combo and you'll have good options. You will get money at MVP (make sure to write "why essays" (https://exclusivepapers.com)) and should get into 2 or 3 of CCN. HYS will be more difficult but since you got a 4.0 from an ivy I think that might give you a boost into one of them (probably not Y).