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I took LSAT 3 times already (146/154/149) in Jun/07, Sep/07, and Feb/08.
I was rejected to all schools I applied (unfortunately I only applied to schools way better than my range.)
Main reasons to my poor scores are:
1) lack of preparation
2) defficiency in heavy English

I'm an international applicant. Although I majored in Languages and Literature and scored 114(out of 120) in TOEFL, still the LSAT reading was a heavy load for me. I just didn't prepare enough and didn't score well. After being rejected, I finished my bachelor's degree and worked for about a year as an English teacher in my country.

However, I wish to re-take the LSAT and re-aply. This time, I'll have much more time to prepare and I believe I can score better (my reading is slow so that's the first thing I'll improve. Second, I've always done well in math/logic when it's in my own language so I HOPE if I study really hard enough, I may score better.)

Anyway, IF in case I do score better (fortunately!), I believe the admission council wouldn't take my case as a good one. They'd definitely cast doubt on my previous low LSAT scores and probably not give credit as high as to those who scored the same in their first time.

My question is: what can I do (besides studying really hard for LSAT, of course) to convince the admission council that I've had some significant change over the course of time?

1) Should I leave more time distanc between my next LSAT test date and my last one?
2) What are other gestures I can do to make a difference? Right now, I'd probably continue my job as a teacher/instructor or get into a trading business company and learn something about business.
3) Can defficiency in English (in the past) be an acceptable reason for my previous low LSAT scores?

I'd appreciate ANY kind of advice or suggestion, and of course, critics!


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I'm an international student with US permanent residency
which makes my situation a bit more complicated

I scored low on my LSAT, 149 & 154, which makes an average of 152.5
My college GPA is 3.4 (3.43 on major)
My TOEFL iBt score is 114 (out of 120)
Yet I did attend the best college in my country (Taiwan)
and majored in languages & literature

I think some of my advantages is that I had a special background
in language, culture, and geography
I spent my childhood in Brazil (so I speak Portuguese)
Then moved back to Taiwan (so I speak Mandarin)
and I've experienced both western & oriental culture
plus I speak English quite well (though it did not show in LSAT...)
And I did score top100 out of around 140000 people in
my joint college examination (sort of like SAT in US)
I did lead a wonderful college life
with achievements in music & drama competition
as well as academic dedication in English phonetics

Yet I'm really frustrated by my LSAT score
and I don't know how to pick the schools to apply for...
Most top100 schools have a 25th percentile over 155
and I only scored a 152.5 average, and 154 highest

What would be some advices for my situation?
And should I write an addendum for my low LSAT?
Or would that look like an excuse...?
(after all, I do have a high TOEFL)

and here is a rough list of my school selections
I'd appreciate any kind of comments
Since international applicants are really a minority
and I couldn't obtain much information on that

- Emory,
- UW,
- U of Maryland,
- U of Florida,
- Florida State U,
- U of Miami
- Seattle U
- U of San Francisco

Thanks a million!




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Law School Admissions / 3.4/154 Chances to UW?
« on: November 13, 2007, 08:00:40 AM »
I took LSAT in June and scored 149,
retook it in September and scored 154.
I am currently out of the States, and they don't give LSAT in December,
so my next try could only be the Febuary test, which will probably not make to the deadline.
I believe I could do better if I took it again, since my greatest challenge was the language...since it is not my mother tongue.

154 in LSAT only reaches the lower part of UW's last year's admission range...
I did score 114 in TOEFL iBT (out of 120)
but I don't know if that helps, since TOEFL is not officially requested.
I'm really anxious because my family lives in Seattle(we are new imigrants in the country), and UW would be my best choice since I would be able to reduce expences on tuitions as a WA resident.

I would like to have advises on how to present myself as to my low LSAT score, and what are my chances of getting into UW?

Also, where should I focus on when coming to selecting schools to apply? For the top 50, my LSAT hardly reaches the bottomline....should I focus more on 50-100? Or should I also give a good try on the top 20, top50?

I appreciate any help, suggestion, or advise!
As an international student in Taiwan, applying for law school in the States has been a long path to go...

Good luck everyone ^^

Lina


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