Hi I was on this thread a while ago and ended up taking a (great) job, retaking the LSAT and applying this year (3.5+/high LSAT 175). I was just wondering - from the UVa students - what is it like? How are the living costs? I have a full tuition scholarship there and am leaning towards it.
I'm back after a long time of lurking.I'm 26 y/o AA male, almost finished with a MS in finance167 lsat2.97 lsdasgpa (bio/pre-med)I didn't apply to any schools until the middle of January, due to problems obtaining good letters. I applied to Harvard, Columbia (invite/fee-waiver), Chicago, Duke (invite/fee-waiver), Emory, Vanderbilt, and Stetson.I recently received a notice of being Wait-listed at Vanderbilt. However, I am seriously contemplating waiting out this year and retaking the lsat. If I could score a 170, and maintain my 3.8+ gpa in grad school. How would my chances improve? I also would work, and put more time into a local non-profit I work with, also I would be the first application in the mail for every school I apply to.
It's not the LSAT; it's your UGPA. My personal belief is that for AA people, the GPA seems to matter more than the LSAT, to some extent. Even if you have a good grad GPA, I don't think it matters as much to schools. Plus, retaking the LSAT is very risky. I retook to get 170+, but I also prepped for it just as hard as I did for the first time (maybe more so since I had a free summer to work on it). You might try to apply early next year, but I can't say that retaking the LSAT is your best option.
It's the UGPA + applying so late. With a split, you do need to be first out of the gate and have to apply widely.