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I just completed my freshman year at Loyola University New Orleans, a private, liberal arts, not very well-known university. I have a 3.9 GPA which would've been a 4.0 but I dual-enrolled at Tulane University to take Japanese 101 and got my face kicked-in with a B+. I'm double majoring in English Writing and Pre-Law Philosophy because English is my strong suit and I'm terribly interested in Philosophy, particularly morality and ethics. I'm very active in extra curriculars. I'm in quite a few at the moment just to test the waters and see which ones I want to stick with for the next few years.

My concern is this: I wasn't born with that natural talent in debate or an extreme interest in watching the news when I was a kid. I didn't know what "politics" meant until 9th grade. I performed above average in a Florida high school with a 3.6 GPA. I'm labeled as "Gifted" but nowhere near "Genius." I'm no prodigy and that's what scares me.

I've only recently realized my deep interest in law; I certainly had no intention of pursuing law the month before I moved into my college dorm. I keep thinking that no matter how hard I work these next seven or so years of undergrad and grad, I will still be closer to average than excellent in my knowledge and practice of law. I feel like I have to work twice as hard as the "natural-born lawyers" in order to become a decent lawyer, myself. Is this true? Do you have any advice about this? I plan to apply to some of the top 20 law schools (which means a 165 LSAT, near-perfect GPA, etc., etc.) but are the natural-borns the only ones who make it into those top schools?

I just joined the forum and I admit that I haven't perused more than a dozen topics. Therefore, if there's already a thread that answers all of my concerns, please direct me to it. Thanks!

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