« on: August 07, 2008, 11:58:45 AM »
Washington & Lee, baby!
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OK, First of all, I have to agree that you can still get into some decent law schools without retaking the LSAT. everyone on this board will probably jump all over me for saying this, but your high GPA can outshine your lower LSAT score. It did for me, and I'm going to Washington & Lee (ranked #25). In this case, the rest of your application has to be near perfect to outshine the LSAT score since it is still probably the most important factor. But things like your choice of major, honors thesis, graduating magna cum laude or whatever will in fact make a difference. Also, make sure your personal statement and resume are very strong. Secure good letters of recommendation that really show how good you are. If you can, go visit the school and schedule an interview with an admissions counselor so you can really show who you are as a person and express your sincere desire to go to that school. If the rest of your application is perfect and you are in constant contact with the admissions office to continually express your interest, the admissions committee may be more likely to forgive a lower LSAT and decide that based on your undergrad grads, professor reccs and personal statement, you will in fact excel at their school. Your admission is not guaranteed, but as I said- it can be done and I am living proof.
Good luck, and based on your GPA, I'm sure you will be getting quite a few law school acceptances. Some schools I would consider: American, W&M, Univ of Richmond, Hofstra, Brooklyn, Villanova, Temple, Catholic, Seton Hall, St. John's, NY Law, Maryland
« on: July 30, 2008, 12:15:24 PM »
I agree about an earlier thread regarding American. I got into higher ranked law schools, but AU waitlisted me. They also waitlisted 2 of my friends, one of which had a higher LSAT score. So dont rely on that one too much.
Maryland is a good choice, and you shouldnt have trouble with W&M or W&L.
Just a few others I would consider by area:
Virginia: Univ of Richmond, Catholic (in DC)
Boston: Northeastern, BC, UConn (not exactly Boston but still a good choice),
NYC: Fordham, Brooklyn, Seton Hall (in NJ, but does a lot with NYC), St. John's, Hofstra, NY Law
« on: July 29, 2008, 08:14:53 PM »
found this helpful website, thought i should share...
Yeah, its feasible. But I have to ask you: why dont you apply for full-time from the start? Many schools allow you to check both the full-time & part-time boxes on their applications, which I suggest you do. But if you apply only as part-time to many law schools, they will ask you to provide a reason as to why you cant go full-time. What will you say? If you're worried about your #s, you still have time to retake the LSAT or boost your GPA (if you're still in school). You also have time to round out your resume, personal statement & other soft factors.
But in regards to switching between the programs, I hear it can be done easily at many schools...but you will have to make up courses in the summer of your 1L year, which could hurt your resume since you wont be working/interning like the full-time 1Ls. Regardless of whether you went part or full time however, your diploma will still read that you graduated from _____ School of Law, and it will not state whether you were part or full time. The decision is up to you.
also, just another tip. Some schools (I know Univ of Baltimore for one) offer "part-time limited" programs within their day class. These programs usually select about 20 people who seem capable of being full-time, but might need a little help getting started. Therefore, you take 3 (instead of 4 or 5) classes your 1L year, and make up the remainder during the summer. The difference here is that you are in class with the 150 other full-time day students, and no one has to know you are part-time. Also, you dont need to go through the application process to transfer from a part-time evening class to a full-time day class-- your transfer is automatic 2L if you meet a certain GPA after 1L.
Hope this helps, and good luck