« on: June 30, 2005, 09:26:59 AM »
I think that if you really want to go to law school you are going to have to accept and embrace a T3 or T4 school. I know that is hard to do, trust me I struggled with the concept for awhile. Admissions are rough, and they are not going to get any easier in the future. The LSAT is weighed so heavily in the admission cycle, that it really turns low scorers away. I am a poor standardized test taker, it is just one of those unfortunate things in life. I can write a blue book esay like no other, but you give me a standardized test and I crumble.
Academically I am accomplished and I have never had a problem (UG and Grad). Accepting that the LSAT was a wall that I could not break through, was hard for me. But I knew I wanted to practice law, so I did not let it bring me down. I took the LSAT 3 times. I wrote an addendum for my low score which was the second test, the third I had to take the reedem myself from the second test. Sometimes things do not go as planed, sometimes to acheive our dreams we have to go about it in different ways, we have to work harder, and sometimes we need to recognize our weakness and let our strengths talk for us.
Do not give up hope. There are law schools that will accept you. You need to try to be positive and portray yourself positively to the ad coms. I wrote an addendum that turned my negative around and focused on the positives that tied into my personal statement. You have to sell yourself. Your soft factors will not make up for your LSAT score, but it can help you if you are borderline and need a boost. I know they helped me get into 4 schools, and get waitlisted at 9. Sure, I got a ton of rejections too, but things work out. Keep your head up and keep your eye on your goal. It might not happen the way you think it will, but such is life. You may have to move out of NJ to live out your dreams, but the state will still be here when you are ready to come back, whether that be after a transfer in a year, or after you complete a 3 year education. We have to deal with the cards we are dealt, and we have to take bets, albeit sometimes not with the best odds, but if you really want this, you have to try...and be relentless.