« on: January 01, 2011, 05:26:20 PM »
Hello, I registered on this site so I can ask you guys a question. Basically, I'm trying to figure out if a poor GPA will prevent me from getting into law school.
A little background info: I am a senior English major at the University of Georgia and my goal is to attend law school at Georgia State in Atlanta starting in 2012. I recently returned to UGA after serving 5 years in the Navy. Before I went into the military, my grades were very uneven. No real focus, too much partying in downtown Athens. Anyhow, when I started back taking classes this summer, my GPA was an anemic 2.12. I've done well since my return, and I've gotten it up to 2.26. Also, I applied for academic renewal in November and recently discovered that it was approved (academic renewal GPA is 3.53).
I have not taken the LSAT, but I expect that I will do well. I usually score highly on standardized tests (in 1998 I got a 1410 on the SAT with an 800 English score). So, assuming that I score, letís say around 163-170 on the LSAT, write a great personal statement, and get solid recommendation letters, will I have a shot at getting into a school like Georgia State?
I would only want to attend a law school that is considered a great value because I hate debt and think taking out huge loans to attend law school is a poor investment. I do not want to pay more than about $15k per year.
Also, I know that law school is what I want to do. It's not just something to stall for time while I figure out my life plans; I want to be a lawyer.
So, bottom line: Will applying to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 school be pointless for me due to my low GPA?