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Law School Admissions / Re: Foreign transcript and LSDAS GPA
« on: October 13, 2006, 07:53:43 AM »
My study abroad transcript was just processed but my degree institution info hasn't been updated yet, so the top part is all filled out but the bottom part is not.  I'm giving them a couple days to update it before I bug them.

Question for anyone who knows about conversions from foreign transcripts -- mine gives my grade equivalent as an A-, but their scale doesn't conform to any of the scenarios listed in the FAQ section on LSDAS transcripts.  There are 8 passing grades (A+,A,A-,B+,B,B-,C) as well as a percentage scale (70%+ being an A+).  I'm terrified of how this is going to show up, because in reality I did quite well there but it might not look that way.  Has anyone had similar fears and how did they turn out?

I have compelling reasons to stay close to home, 3.5 GPA, still waiting on LSAT score but practice exam range was 166-176.

In order of distance:
Rutgers Camden
U of Maryland

In all honesty, I think some of the DC schools are a better fit for me than the Philly ones, and SO is supportive, but neither of us are thrilled about living in separate cities.  I'm not looking forward to making a decision (assuming more than one school actually wants me...).

Choosing the Right Law School / Help?
« on: October 10, 2006, 10:53:41 PM »
I need to know whether I'm really selling myself short with my law school applications.  I have been out of college for a couple years and have built a life in Philly.  My SO is here and will be forever, pretty much, because of his job.  He's about to buy a house in the next few months.  My GPA is a 3.55 and I'll have my LSAT score in a few days, but since I scored in the high 160s - mid 170s on all my practice tests, I'm hoping it'll fall in that range.  Money is definitely an issue, since I'm paying on undergrad loans and my current job barely pays enough for me to feed, clothe, and shelter myself all at the same time.

I've really been set on the Philly schools - definitely Temple and Villanova, possibly Penn if my LSAT score comes in high, and I might apply to Drexel even though it's not accredited yet because of the co-op program.  I'll almost definitely be in this area for a long time.

Anything in NYC is not an option because I HATE the city and couldn't bring myself to be there for the better part of three years.  But should I consider some of the DC schools?  I really love DC, even though it's a little far away, but I think we'd survive.  I just don't know if I could bring myself to choose a DC school over a Philly one (if I had the option) and it seems silly to throw away money needlessly on application fees.  But I think my GPA and hopefully LSAT score could get me into a few "better" schools than Temple/Villanova, so I'd feel kind of guilty for not applying to a wider range.

I want to specialize in trusts and estates, if that makes any difference.

Any advice?  I'm sure I'll have a better idea of what to do after I get my LSAT score, but any outside perspectives are much appreciated!

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