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Good GPA, Decent LSAT


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Good GPA, Decent LSAT
« on: July 12, 2004, 08:30:16 AM »
I noticed another post on this board concerning the opposite situation I'm in. I have a 3.92 UGPA, 4.0 in major. I took my LSAT in June and performed poorly compared to my timed practice tests I took through Kaplan (averaged 158) on the actual test I recieved a 153 (ouch). I have what I would consider outstanding letters of recommendation from my undergraduate professors. I am looking at the following schools for admission:

Stretches: University of Texas

First Choices: Southern Methodist University, and Baylor University

Safeties: Texas Tech, St. Mary's, Texas Wesylan, South Texas, and Texas Southern

Yes, I am applying to all schools in TX.

I guess my question to everyone is, are my first choices realistic for the scores I have? I do not want to take the LSAT again in October unless need be. I realize my chances of getting into UT are slim to none. But I would really hope I have a fighting chance of getting into SMU and Baylor. Anyone have any advice?? Thanks in Advance!


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Re: Good GPA, Decent LSAT
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2004, 05:53:11 PM »
Your first choices are stretches, and your stretch is such a huge stretch that you probably souldn't waste your time applying.  You safeties seem like reasonable choices though.


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Re: Good GPA, Decent LSAT
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2004, 12:26:28 PM »
I was in a similar situation.  For you, UT may not be a stretch, depending on what they feel like on the day they read your application - especially if you are a Texas resident.  My advice to you would be to keep the 153 - your high GPA may very well put you in at SMU . .  . that's what got me in - I had a 3.9, and my LSAT was lower than yours. Baylor is the one that might be a stretch, because they put great emphasis on the LSAT.  The extracurriculars may help a bit, but I'm not sure.  My best advice for SMU is to apply early - I did, and I was pleasantly surprised - both with my admissions status and financial aid offer.  Apply early!!!  And good luck.