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Law School Admissions / Re: Effect of low level classes
« on: December 02, 2008, 08:31:44 PM »
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you; I'm also a junior, taking the June LSAT, and want to pump up my GPA as much as possible.  And while we all know the extreme emphasis law schools place on numbers (GPA/LSAT), I would recommend going with the upper division courses.  First of all, I agree that 1 and 200 level courses are not necessarily conducive to better grades.  There are a host of reasons whey I believe this, but if you're looking for evidence to support my claim, note the "upward trend" present in so many students' undergraduate careers.  Also, I can't help but think that loading up on fluff courses is a pretty obvious tactic through the eyes of adcoms, and might work against you in the event of a tie-breaker.

Law School Admissions / Re: Senior Year Grades
« on: November 25, 2008, 11:59:13 AM »
I actually don't think the answer is as obvious as some have made it out to be.  I know someone whose only condition upon acceptance to a T10 was that they complete their undergraduate degree.  There was nothing stating neither explicitly nor implicitly that they must maintain a certain level of academia for the offer to stand.  Just something to chew on.

Me personally?  I wouldn't worry too much.  How many people do you know who've had their law school acceptances rescinded?  I just feel like if a semester full of B's constituted a deal-breaker, this type of thing would be much more common than it seems to be.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: F's in lsac gpa=totally screwed?
« on: December 14, 2007, 11:30:25 PM »

I couldn't agree more.  Everything's banking on a killer LSAT score.  Score a 170, and I think I've got a decent shot at Cornell and Georgetown.  (As you yourself have confirmed.)  Also, for what it's worth, I must have miscalculated the first time around...  After plugging everything into the gpa calculator again, I've realized if I keep up the near-4.0 work I'll have a 3.3-3.4 at the end of junior year, and a 3.6ish by graduation.  So waiting an extra year to apply is always an option.

Seeing as how all my plans are dictated by that LSAT score, do you think I should get it out of the way earlier than planned?  (I always figured I'd take it during the summer of '09, the summer before I apply.)  I guess it doesn't really matter, it's just that I'm anxious to see where I stand.

Anyhow, thanks for the advice.  That goes for everyone else too.

Oh yeah, btw, just how much does it help being a legacy?  I've got this advantage at Virginia, but I'm thinking it won't matter much.  Just thought I'd ask.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: F's in lsac gpa=totally screwed?
« on: December 12, 2007, 10:34:19 PM »
Crazy how when I woke up this morning I thought I had a 3.97...  I realize maybe all is not lost, but I'm not sure how I feel about banking everything on the off chance that I get lucky.  As Hannibal mentioned, admitting someone below the median is hurting the school's rank, and an adcom would have to feel pretty compelled to do this (while at the same time denying someone who does have the stats to get in).  This just changes everything, as I've never even considered a sub-T14 school.  Anyone think I'd still have a fair shot at Virginia applying ED and being a legacy?  What if I was in state?  (Probably not, but I'll still throw it out there.)

For what it's worth, mathematically it's possible to pull things up to a 3.3-3.4 by the time I graduate, but even that's well below the median at any T14.  (I think)  I'm also a little apprehensive about majoring in philosophy if law school's not in the cards...I'm def. not planning on teaching philosophy.

Oh well, I'm done w/ this for today.  Thanks for all the help though guys.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: F's in lsac gpa=totally screwed?
« on: December 12, 2007, 04:26:53 PM »
Yeah, I had some other poor grades too...One D, two C's, two B's and a B- to be exact.  (Aside from the 3 F's)  I arrived at the 2.92 by plugging everything into an lsac calculator I found on google.

Thanks for the advice though guys.  Hopefully things will work out, although I can't help but worry considering how much of a numbers game ls admissions are...I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

And to think those F's could have been avoided had just bothered to drop the classes...unbelievable...

Choosing the Right Law School / F's in lsac gpa=totally screwed?
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:24:32 PM »
So I just got done factoring some old transcripts into my lsac gpa, and my numbers went from a 3.97 to a 2.92.  This is mostly due to 3 F's I recieved 5 years ago (long story, but I completely flaked out during my first stab at college...went back fall of last year and have had all A's ever since).

I'm pretty much numb right now, coming to the realization that attending a T14 seems all but impossible.  Is this indeed the case?  It's just a sh**y situation...I f-ed up in school a long time ago, but have worked my ass off to turn things around...I'm hoping it's not all in vain.

Thanks for any input.

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