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General Board / Re: LSAT
« on: February 08, 2004, 05:19:30 AM »
UGPA usually means Undergraduate Grade Point Average. As far as the GPA but low LSAT score, anything is possible, but try to be realistic as well. I had a high GPA, in the same range as you and an LSAT score that was a bit higher. I started learning that although your grades count a lot, your LSAT is a good indicator of which schools to apply to. If you look at top tier schools, the GPA is in the same range, if not lower than your GPA, yet the LSAT is probably much higher. The schools tend to go off of the LSAT more because its the leveling of the playing field in their minds. Someone could come from Harvard with a 3.0 and someone come from a lower ranked undergrad that has a 3.9, but the LSAT is the standardized test that evens everyone out. So it weighs a lot. But dont give up hope, just ask the schools your thinking about what they believe your odds are, apply to a wide range of schools, and make sure to beef up your application and essay with as much as you can. I have a friend who had my GPA, a higher LSAT score, and came from a high ranked undergrad, and didn't get accepted to any law school, whereas I got into 4 or 5 with scholarships. So, just come to terms with your score and know that it doesnt count you out by any means.

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U of the Pacific - McGeorge / Re: Wait List
« on: February 08, 2004, 05:07:55 AM »
Mature - I'm a first year at McGeorge, but when I first applied I was on the waitlist too. They called me around June and asked me if I wanted to be considered for the evening program, but since I'd already been accepted to a couple of other law schools (in 3rd and 4th tier) and I didn't want to go to school part time in the evening program, I told them no, but explained how I was still very interested in the day program. Well, at the beginning of July I received a letter and a call saying that I'd been offically accepted. When I visited McGeorge, the tour guide gave me a tip, that I should ask about scholarships because most schools have an average (LSAT and GPA) that qualifies you for scholarships. Each year the callibur of students accepted goes up, but the averages are set before they know how high their accepted students will be, so even my waitlisted self had high enough stats to qualify. So, I emailed admissions and wrote them letters asking them about scholarship opportunities. It turns out that some people are offered scholarships but end up deciding not to go to law school, or choose a different school instead. I had been offered some scholarships from other law schools and sent in those letters as well. Next thing you know I was given a small but definitely worthwile scholarship. So, the point of this isnt to torture admissions with tons of emails or get your hopes up too high but to encourage you to keep the faith. Scholarship money is out there and someone has to get it, so why not you. I've learned from that experience that sometimes you just have to ask for something if you want it or need it badly enough. Good luck with the waitlist. Take it from someone who was there, there's always hope :)

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