« on: January 05, 2007, 11:33:12 PM »
I'm sure many of you have heard plenty of people with this same story, but here goes...
I just recently decided on law school, so I had about a month to study for the LSAT. I took the Kaplan diagnostic and got a 171. I came away pretty optimistic, getting my hopes up for something upwards of that. All the practice tests were at that score or better (and yes, I was completely honest taking them, timed, etc.) I had done all the research on top notch schools, but then when I got my score back, 161. I was devastated. Still don't completely understand what caused me to crap the bed, but oh well.
So, I'm picking up the pieces and trying to make a decision on where to go. My GPA is 3.66 in Engineering and as I said, my LSAT was a 161. My recommendations are good (in my opinion at least), and the rest of my resume isn't to shabby, but I am a white male.
My question is this... can I still get in to a really good law school? I figure I'm in good shape for all my in state schools (I'm from Florida). I've given up hope at the HYS breed (obviously!), but do I have any chance at a school like UT-Austin? How about Michigan? Georgetown? Or are these just pipe dreams? Is there any school that has a reputation for taking things like difficulty of UG major or "soft factors" into account more than the norm?
I would appreciate any input you guys could give me. I have gleaned so much information from this board and you all have made this process a little less scary. Thank you all.