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Re: Rant
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2004, 08:57:07 AM »
Complete bull!

It is not fair!

I have a roommate who went to school with me.. We took all the same classes and I just edged him out with a better gpa.. He, however, will get into a far superior law school than I as his lsat is in the mid 170s.. He also scored way better than me on the SAT..

The tests sucks ass, but is needed to differentiate from people who went to different schools.. I think its weighted much too heavily though.. I agree its bull.. but with a 158 and a 3.7 you DO have a shot at a tier 1.. Especially if you did poorly on the SAT.. This is a perfect topic for an addendum..

"I have always performed below my potential on standardized tests as is evidence by my lsat and SAT scores.. With an SAT score in the lower half of my graduating class, I still managed to graduate in the top 10%.. yada.. yada.. yada.."  DO NOT give up on tier 1.. Have you completed your UGA app yet?!?

The GRE is a similar bull test.. My sista who graduated with a 3.9 from an ivy league and was a fullbright scholar.. cant seem to master it.. so she is scared about getting into a top notch school.. Standardized tests are a bull, though necessary, reality.. RANT ON BROTHERS AND SISTAS!!!

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Re: Rant
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2004, 08:43:20 PM »
No, I haven't finished the UGA app yet.  ;)  I want my essays to be perfect.

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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2004, 07:04:19 AM »
Dont worry so much about making them perfect.. I think being one of the first ones in the pile makes a big difference.. I would set a deadline and come hell or high water complete that app by it.. My suggestion to you would be this Sat. as your deadline to send out the rest of your apps!

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Re: Rant
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2004, 09:18:41 AM »
mfitz, you're numbers are actually pretty good: you have a very high gpa.  although i do not know your circumstances as to why you chose to apply to the schools that you did, i would apply to more reaches.  the lsat is what it is, but be realistic about your chances too, which are pretty good at many places.

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Re: Rant
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2004, 09:45:16 AM »
I agree with Casino. If you really want to apply to Tier 1s, you should. A history of underperformance on standardized tests helps explain your LSAT. Your GPA is too high to limit yourself to Tier 2 schools (I didn't see any tier 1s.) What do you have to lose?

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Re: Rant
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2004, 03:22:07 PM »
I do intend to apply to UGA. 

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Re: Rant
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2004, 10:43:48 AM »
I see standardized tests like the LSAT and SAT as indicators of raw abilities. If someone has a low GPA in college, it could be for a variety of reasons: perhaps they worked a lot to pay for their college, maybe they took a difficult major, maybe they had personal problems/depression/whatever than lowered their grades for a semester or two, maybe they did a lot of extracurriculars, maybe they took college courses in high school and didn't expect those to be averaged into their LSDAS gpa.
Whatever the case, I see the GPA as a measure of how hard you work. I see the LSAT as a measure of how smart you are at logical/analytical reasoning. Maybe someone with a 3.8/155 works really hard at getting high grades but isn't the most naturally gifted person, and maybe someone with a 3.1/173 didn't feel motivated to study hard in college, but they _could_ have gotten high grades if they tried. The LSAT essentially gives those low gpa people a chance to show that they really weren't interested in what they were learning in college, and that they have the potential to do extremely well if they enjoy/care about the material presented. For the high gpa people, it lets admissions officers know that they're hard workers, but if the subject material becomes extremely complicated/difficult, they will probably struggle.

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Re: Rant
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2004, 10:47:58 AM »
I think it's a really good idea to make the LSAT a big part of admissions... although that may be because the LSAT happens to test the only things I've ever been good at :)