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Hi.  I'm not going to get to take the LSAT until December.  Will I still be viable as an applicant?  Will I still be able to get the best scholarships?  Or it really too late to apply? How long does it take to get the LSAT score to the schools?  NYU has a Jan. 1 scholarship deadline.  Would the score get there in time?

Also, as a non-traditional student, I'm  a little confused.  I'm a professor, with a MA and a Ph.D. and some publications in my field.  What I'm hearing on these boards is that none of that really matters, that despite the MA and Ph.D. they'll only really look at my undergrad grades and LSAT, and consider me basically the same as new undergrad graduate with similar UGPA and LSAT scores.  This sounds absolutely crazy to me, especially since just by having a Ph.D. I've demonstrated research, writing, and critical thinking skills far beyond anything an undergraduate can imagine (I know, I teach them).  I figured I would be in top running for scholarships from T14 schools with my academic accomplishments.

so is it true, that all of us "non-traditionals" with amazing academic abilities, are considered the same as the right out of undergrad applicants?  Do they really just look at UGPA (not graduate) and LSAT?

Law School Rankings / Top schools that offer full rides?
« on: September 30, 2009, 10:02:19 PM »
Yale and Harvard both say that they do not offer merit scholarships.  I'm wondering which of the top tier law schools offer full ride scholarships.  I know NYU does, but the rest are not so public about it and a little unclear.  Anyone know of others?

Law School Applications / Graduate School Grades
« on: September 30, 2009, 09:59:29 PM »
I understand how undergrad GPA is handled, but what about graduate school GPA?  I have a master's and a Ph.D. with excellent GPAs, but not so good undergrad GPA.  I assumed they wouldn't care about my undergrad GPA, with a Ph.D. and all, but the law school credential service says that it only summarizes undergrad transcripts and GPAs, not grad school ones.

Also, I does anyone know how much pull a Ph.D. gives you when applying?  I haven't taken the LSAT yet, but it seems silly given that I've already published my own original research, but I don't pretend to understand what law schools are looking for.

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