Quote from: latinlord on August 11, 2005, 09:35:34 PMSad thing is that my GPA is higher than most schools average. It is a shame that 4 long years of doing well in a higher instituion means nothing compared to a 1 4hr exam. That's exactly how I felt about the SAT when I was applying to college. I did fine on it, but not as highly as I needed in order to get into all of my top choices. Luckily I got into one of my top choices, but I was definitely limited by an exam I thought had no bearing on my performance in college. I know that the LSAT is looked upon more strongly by law schools than the SAT was for colleges, so I'm not taking any chances. LSAT reigns supreme.
Sad thing is that my GPA is higher than most schools average. It is a shame that 4 long years of doing well in a higher instituion means nothing compared to a 1 4hr exam.
You can transfer up, but only if two things happen: 1.) you do very well during your first year at whatever college you matriculated to (this implies law review, top 15%, in many cases top 10% or 5%, depending on the school you're transferring to) and 2.) that your stats (undergrad GPA, lsat score) are strong enough to have made you competitive as a first-year applicant. You'll have some leway if you have a relatively low lsat score, but not enough to get you into harvard if your lsat was sub-165 (sub-170 really). Just do well wherever you end up at, and aim at schools that are ranked above it within 10-20 positions (it is a little difficult to jump tiers, but certainly possible). I can't think of any schools that don't average lsat scores, but I think Penn is one of them assuming you score at least 5 points above your previous score (in your case, you'll need to improve your lsat score by at least 30 points to be competitive for Penn and comparable schools. If those schools average your score, you'll have no chance at them unless they feel very generous). Good luck with your second lsat exam and your second round of law school apps. It sucks you have to go through this again. Hopefully this time will work out for you better.
"actually, to transfer up you don't have to have an LSAT score on par with admitted students" TITCRMany schools, as evidenced in recent articles about rankings manipulation, will take people with lower numbers because the numbers for transfer students are not factored in the USNWR formula. These students generate additional revenue, with proven ability to succeed, so they are not a threat to the rankings by a decrease in scores nor an increase in attrition rates. (NYU is a known example of a school that practices this policy.)