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How many of you guys are going to law school straight out of undergrad?  I'm thinking of doing so, but somehow (reading from a lost of posts here) I feel like I'm in the you guys know the percentage of incoming law school students who do so?

Thanks in advance.

How do you guys calculate these indices?

Stanford's index is LSAT * .023 + GPA * .315 - 1.733

A number of schools ask LSAC to use a specific formula (like Stanford).  Those can be found online in your LSAC documents.  The title says something about "Admissions Index."

For Yale and Harvard, I just multiplied GPA by 20 and added LSAT.  This method seems relatively accurate.  My method for NYU was LSAT * .083 + GPA - 14.94

Thanks for that info.  But one more question: once you get those numbers, how do you know if you have a chance or not?  As in, what are their typical index cutoff?

Thanks again...this is a great resource.

Choosing the Right Law School / What are good EC's?
« on: November 12, 2004, 12:29:52 PM »
What kind of ECs do you guys consider to be good, or extraordinary?  I'm just wondering what you guys have been doing regarding your ECs so far...I see a lot of posts saying "I have normal extracurriculars," etc, and wasn't quite sure what that entailed :)

How do you guys calculate these indices?

Thanks for the advice guys/(gals?), really helps to have "someone" to vent to about this.  I know I don't have to go to a top 14 school...I think the costs are just scaring me into thinking that it might not be worth it unless I do.  But I'm gonna take a prac test, see how I go from that.  About thinking of law - I've been pretty set on it for a while :).  I actually did mock trial in high school (it was my "thing" - I think what I did that got me here for college), and am doing it for college now.  It's miles away from real law work, but it's something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life.

I gotta think about this more though...thanks again!

OK, lets get this straight...

You are a poli sci major, you need to go to a law school in order to have a chance of ANY career.

Consider your choice of undergrad majors sunk cost and start dolling out the law school money.

That's what I'm thinking (although I still have a chance to change majors, but it'd inevitably have to be in the liberal arts also).  So I'm basically freaking out over the prospects of not knowing what to do with the rest of my life  :-\

Hi guys, first post so bear with me if the question's a bit dumb.  I've been having a bit of a quandary lately...I'm a junior at HYP, PoliSci major, just a bit above avg gpa (which I hope to make up for with a good lsat score).  I've been set on going to law school since high school, but these past few weeks I've been wondering if I should go through with it at all.

Basically it boils down to this: I don't want to go to a "bad" law school.  That may sound really dumb or elitist, but I think I have valid reasons for not wanting to:

- I don't think I'm gonna get into a good law school.  My GPA isn't in the safe range for most of the schools I want, and I head getting an LSAT score that'd make me confident in applying to those schools would be extremely hard (ie, 170+ish)

- IMO landing a good career in law hugely depends on where you go to school.  It's not like medicine, where doctors are in high demand everywhere.  I'm scared to spend thousands of dollars and be in debt only to end up in one of those law offices you see in a small, ugly, rundown office in some city with a dilapidated sign falling off his door.  That terrifies me.

- Corollary to the reason above: my parents are inevitably going to have to carry some of the burden (I'm the first guy in my family to go to a US college, and they want to finance me as much as they can), and I don't want them to pay for my college any more than they have to (ie undergrad) if I'm just gonna end up "wasting" it in a crappy job anyway.

Any advice would be great...I've been lurking these boards for some time and I've found it to be a great resource.  Thanks in advance.

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