I know this is old but I feel like addressing it because I'm bored and jolted by the idiotic reasoning of the poster who dismisses the LSAT and the value of a non-T4 school (notice I didn't say T1, I only singled out T4's as being generally insulting to legal education). I messed up my freshman year...when I was 18 years old. To preface, I'm not justifying that in any way, just stating a fact. My GPA will never get me into a T14 now, but as someone who woke up and smelled the coffee after freshman year and realized this was the rest of my life I was f'ing around with, I got my act together. As a mature woman, I got nothing below 3.8 for the next four semesters and began studying for the LSAT the beginning of the summer before my senior year. I studied for three solid months and worked to pay for a Kaplan class. I'm not great at standardized tests but I knew I didn't want to end up at Nova or NESL for a sub-par legal education so I worked my butt off. As a result, I broke 160 and now have already been accepted to two top tier schools and it's only November...So stop carrying on about the LSAT not being a measure of how you will deliver in law school. Stop acting as though these places aren't the cash cows that they indisputably are! These degree mills are rip-offs that graduate (or kick out, apparently) people who don't even feel like preparing for the LSAT! The LSAT is a very difficult test. I believe it is designed to test two things: 1) Obviously, whether you have the basic methodical/logical/deductive thinking skills conducive to learning the processes of the law, and 2)Whether you are extremely intelligent, and therefore inherently capable of law school work (the types who go in cold and make a 170) or whether you feel like working really hard for many hours...you know...kind of like you have to do when you get to law school. Okay, I've wasted a good 20 minutes of my time now. I just got a little angry. Lo siento.
Man, I love 0L speak!