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Borisovich

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Admission chances?
« on: March 18, 2007, 11:02:25 PM »
This is difficult to disclose, even anonymously...

I plan to apply to NSL.  Bottom line:  low GPA, 160 LSAT.  When I say low GPA, I mean low:  2.00 overall, but 1.85 as calculated by LSDAS (insert commentary here, e.g., yikes, better him than me, good luck sucka, etc.).  There was a string of semesters during which I'd have been better off away from school.  But that was 13 years ago, and in all of my later coursework (to finish my BA), I got A's.  I'm a grownup now, with a mildly successful career and a family, and I'm optimistic about my recommendations (which will include an NSL alumnus).

Let's say I get a 160+ on the LSAT (not impossible:  I got a 158 as a stupid kid), something that would put my index in the mid-range (as calculated by the median figures available on NSL's website).  Is the consensus that I have a shot?

Thanks for the input.

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Re: Admission chances?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2007, 01:44:09 AM »

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from http://www.nashvilleschooloflaw.net/abouttheschool.aspx

"The undergraduate GPA will be considered along with the LSAT score. The admissions process includes an admissions index computed as follows by LSDAS: multiply the applicant’s cumulative GPA, as determined by LSDAS, times ten plus 80% of the applicant’s LSAT score. Applicants with an index score below 140 are not accepted."


       1.85 * 10.0 = 18.5
       160  * 0.80 = 128
       18.5 + 128  = 146.5 > 140

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from: http://www.nashvilleschooloflaw.net/NSL%20Catalog.pdf (pg 8)

-399 Applicants
-189 Enrolled first year class
-Median LSAT 147
-Median GPA 3.24

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from: http://www.nashvilleschooloflaw.net/deansmessage.aspx

Joe C. Loser, Jr.
Dean and 1959 Graduate Nashville School of Law

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Re: Admission chances?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2007, 11:06:19 AM »
Don't go to Nashville.  I bet you could get into a fully accredited (ABA/AALS) T4 with 2.0/160, possibly even a T3 (but that's a long shot).

I think LSAT matters slightly more than UGPA in admissions.

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Re: Admission chances?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2007, 11:20:37 AM »
This is old data, but it gives you an idea.

http://www.chiashu.com/cgi-bin/lsac.cgi


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Re: Admission chances?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2007, 01:10:13 PM »
I think you meant to give this link:
http://www.chiashu.com/lsat.html
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Re: Admission chances?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2007, 08:59:59 PM »
Don't go to Nashville.  I bet you could get into a fully accredited (ABA/AALS) T4 with 2.0/160, possibly even a T3 (but that's a long shot).

I think LSAT matters slightly more than UGPA in admissions.

I second this notion. With good/great LOR's and a good personal statement (how you are not the same unmotivated person you were in college, how you've grown, raised a family, received all A's in later coursework, etc), you can most definitely get into an ABA accredited school. Being that you're an older student to be, I think the adcomms would put less weight on your poor academic performance 13 years ago than they would on your current achievements/growth and desire to provide a better life for yourself and your family. It can't hurt to apply to Nashville, but don't sell yourself short. Call some schools and speak to their deans/directors of admission about your situation and get some feedback. Good luck with everything

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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2007, 01:33:19 PM »
As a general rule, the longer you've been out of school, the less your UGPA matters in the admissions process.  They will look more closely at your LSAT score and work experience since your undergraduate years.  I think that if you include an attachment explaining your poor undergraduate performance (many schools ask for this on the application anyway if applicable), it well help them to put your GPA into perspective.  Time is definitely on your side as far as minimizing the impact of a very low GPA.  It will also be very helpful if you have some significant career accomplishments since graduating college.  I definitely think you should apply to some better schools.  Good luck to you.