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Law School Applications / Re: Early Commitments
« on: September 30, 2009, 02:46:39 PM »
I read elsewhere that the school that ED-accepts you will notify other schools that you applied to. Your other schools will notify you something along the lines of:

"We have received notification that you've been accepted to ___ via early decision. We congratulate you on your acceptance and have withdrawn your application from further consideration"

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Oh cool...I went to UofT. Although I can't really say much about the poor GPAs in the first three years, I want to give them the message that my year-long internship after third year really "changed" me, which led me to do well in the final year.

Did you take the LSAT yet? Are you planning to go to the states or stay in Canada?

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Law School Applications / Re: When Taking a Year Off is NOT Beneficial
« on: September 29, 2009, 05:43:22 PM »
Unless you can spend a minimum 2 hours everyday for 2 weeks before the LSAT, the 8-10 point increase will be hard to come by (unless you're going from 145 to 155).

It took me almost a month to increase from a steady 165-167 to usually-above-170 region

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Law School Applications / Weird GPA trend, how should I write my addendum?
« on: September 29, 2009, 05:40:56 PM »
My LSDAS academic report shows, from year 1 to 4, these GPAs:

2.57, 2.45, 2.21, 3.90 ----> LSDAS cGPA 2.76

Computer Engineering degree at a respectable Canadian University. No failed grades, just unmotivated.

After the initial 3 years, I took a year-long internship at IBM. I came back motivated and did much better in my final year. Also my ex-coworker at IBM will be writing me a decent-ish LOR.

Suggestions?
edit:
1. The high GPA was not because of an easier course load. All semesters were about the same in difficulty.
2. I am going to be aiming for tier 1 schools where I'm below 25th-%ile GPA but above 75th-%ile LSAT. Took the 9-26 LSAT, felt really good about it, expecting 170-173

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It seems that my chances for a T25 are reasonable, especially for WUSTL (http://washu.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809).

If that's the case, would you think it's advisable to apply ED to a T14 where I might improve my chances slightly? If so, which of the T14's would you recommend? NW? GULC?

Or you think I should use the ED among the T16-T25 instead to improve my T25 chances?

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Law School Applications / Re: Reapply? Retake?
« on: June 26, 2009, 04:03:04 PM »
I think you have a decent chance at the T14's...I would apply and only retake if you weren't accepted (which I doubt).

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Law School Applications / Re: low lsat...high GPA Question
« on: June 26, 2009, 03:57:10 PM »
I would suggest you retake the exam and aim for 160+. It seems that schools are not very friendly to low lsat/high gpa candidates

Reference:
http://officialguide.lsac.org/UGPASearch/Search3.aspx?SidString=

With your current gpa/lsat, this predictor (which uses past data) predicts that you won't be anywhere near the T30.

Hope that helps and good luck!

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Hi Mona/Slumdog,
Thanks for your responses. The reason I haven't taken the test yet is because I know I really have to kill the LSAT, and I want to be ready.

From lawschoolnumbers.com, it seems that I will have a shot at the following schools with the following LSAT scores:

Rank 25: Washington and Lee, 167 LSAT -http://wl.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809
22: Notre Dame, 168 LSAT - http://notredame.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809
20: George Washington, 168 LSAT - http://gw.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809
19: Washington U, 167 LSAT - http://washu.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809
9: Northwestern, 173 LSAT - http://northwestern.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809
9: U Virginia, 171 LSAT - http://uva.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809

Surprisingly, NW and UVirg seem to be even more receptive to very low gpa splitters than GULC:
http://gulc.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0809

If the statistics above are any indication, it seems that I will have a good chance at a T25 with a 168 LSAT, and T14 with a 171/173 LSAT.

Given my undergrad is an engineering degree, do you think the gpa will be looked at slightly differently? Maybe perhaps equivalent to a 2.9/3.0 from an easy major? I heard from some forums that law schools really like engineering backgrounds.

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Hi, can someone tell me what law schools I should aim for?

Some info:
- 23y.o. Asian. Lived in Canada for 17 years. Am I an URM?
- University of Toronto (Canada), Engineering Science program, Computer engineering (generally accepted as the top engineering program ***in Canada***--will this help my poor gpa?)
- Just graduated, but have 20 months work experience from 3 internships
- Going to begin work soon in a software company, i.e. can include this in applications for Sep. 2010
- 2.4gpa for first 3 years of undergrad (no good reason  :(). After that, went on 16-month internship at Microsoft with good evaluation. Came back for 4th year, worked hard for a 3.83 annual gpa, pulling my UNDERGRAD GPA to 2.75 (2.79 LSDAS GPA  :-\)
- Practice LSATs scored between 168 and 173. My understanding: LSAT164 puts me in top 10%, 171 in top 1%. Hoping for 170/+ for the official result.

Questions1. What are my chances for ANY T14 schools? T25? Comments on "Early Decision"?
2. If I make it to a T25, and score in top 5% for 1st year, what are the chances for transferring to a T14? What about higher-ranked T14's?
3. If I make it to a T14, and perform within top 5%, what are my chances of transferring to T6 or a higher T14 after one year? Would it be worth it?

It's a long post...thanks for bearing with me!

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