« on: July 17, 2008, 11:06:27 PM »
Agreed ... a 3.03 still ain't bad in the grand scheme of things, Plus, the F presaged a career change, and at least you had the self-knowledge an d the courage to overcome it. And lawyers are apt to claim superiroity over doctors.
Your GPA is low enough, though, that you'll want to aim for a good LSAT score ... that's was burned me ... for a long time a 155 could get you in to a mid-tier 2 like a St. John's or a SUNY Buffalo or a Chicago-Kent. But with more folks applying and attending school, and with all new school openings the past few years raising the reputational stakes (with more on the way -- possibly even three more in New York state, which already has 15!) , that doesn't quite get it done, no matter how strong your soft factors (transcript breadth and ambition, strong essay and recommendations, life or career history). I got waitlisted at all three of the schools I mentioned, whereas a 157 would have definitely gotten me into Buffalo and most likely into St. John's (the Chicago-Kent deferral was a surprise). My GPA at Syracuse was a 3.38.
An obvious caveat: This is coming from a white guy. I don't know how much being an Asian American influences your chances (for what it's worth, Asian Americans are a strong faction in my class, whereas we have only a few African-Americans and one Ethiopian native -- not sure if the numbers game makes it slightly tougher for you). If you can, try to schedule a tour with admissions while your application is still pending. Often, that can lead to a de facto interview. My school actually offered interviews on a first come, first served basis. That mat well have had an impact on my admission to Pace, and I'm positive the scholarship money I received resulted directly from the interview (median was 156).