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With a 149 LSAT and a 3.5 GPA, what schools can I reasonably expect.

I scored a 149 for the first time on the June 2009 LSAT.  Becauze I am pretty disappointed with my score, I am planning to take it again. 

My undergraduate GPA is 3.5 cumulative.  I have a degree in Psychology, with a minor in English and concentrations in Chemistry and Biology. 

I have been active in my fraternity with numerous positions held over the last four years on our Executive Council, and I have also served as a member of the Inter-fraternal Council.  Furthermore, I was an Orientation Student Leader and a Student Leader Liason.  I also served as a Supreme Court Justice for SGA and am a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.  I have been involved with grassroots campaigning with the Louisiana Republican Party.  I am hoping that my extracurricular involvement will be of benefit in the application process. 

I am pursuing a Master's degree in English next year, and hoping to enter law school in the Fall of 2010.  Any advice and information would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter. 

The main schools to which I am applying are LSU, Tulane, Loyola New Orleans, Ole Miss, and SMU. 

I scored a 149 for the first time on the June 2009 LSAT.  Becauze I am pretty disappointed with my score, I am planning to take it again. 

My undergraduate GPA is 3.5 cumulative.  I have a degree in Psychology, with a minor in English and concentrations in Chemistry and Biology. 

I have been active in my fraternity with numerous positions held over the last four years on our Executive Council, and I have also served as a member of the Inter-fraternal Council.  Furthermore, I was an Orientation Student Leader and a Student Leader Liason.  I also served as a Supreme Court Justice for SGA and am a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.  I have been involved with grassroots campaigning with the Louisiana Republican Party.  I am hoping that my extracurricular involvement will be of benefit in the application process. 

I am pursuing a Master's degree in English next year, and hoping to enter law school in the Fall of 2010.  Any advice and information would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter. 

The main schools to which I am applying are LSU, Tulane, Loyola New Orleans, Ole Miss, and SMU. 

I think that you're over shooting with your schools.  particularly Tulane.  I know someone who got waitlisted from Ole Miss with a 149/4.0 and he's a resident.  And he was shocked by this.  You have a fine GPA, but you simply need to score higher on the LSAT.  Even a couple points higher will bring your LSAT up to closer to acceptable.  But right now, 149 is cause for concern to some adcoms.  You'd probably be a good candidate for Ole miss or LSU if you can just get up to a 154. Loyola's median LSAT is 153 - so I would think that you should reallly try to simply get up to 151 to have a shot.  But there is this artificial barrier between 149 and 151.  School's just really hate that 40-number.

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Like PJC said, you're going to need a few more points on the LSAT to be really competitive at your targets, with the possible exception of Loyola. If you can get a 155, you should be easily in at LSU and Ole Miss.

I think SMU will be even tougher than Tulane.

Would my application look so bad that it would be worthwhile to wait until I get a higher LSAT?

Or would it be worth the gamble to apply with the information listed above?

Would my application look so bad that it would be worthwhile to wait until I get a higher LSAT?

Or would it be worth the gamble to apply with the information listed above?

Yes, wait.  You can submit your apps and specify that you will be taking another LSAT and request the judgment be reserved.  But Loyola NO is your only chance since your GPA is above the median.  I still fear that your LSAT is too low.  You are at the 25th percentile which isn't that bad.  Being below would make it extremely hard to get in... But I definitely couldn't see how you'd fair better than a WL.  But if you score higher, LSU and Ole Miss could be in play.  You really have to try to do this. 

What's the deal with getting a Masters? What's your motivation for doing that? Do you want to be a lawyer or do you just want the degree?

Are you a minority, by the way?

I'm getting my Master's because I don't want to get a real job, and didn't feel like buckling down and trying my hardest to get a high LSAT. 

No, my motivation for going to law school is not simply "for the degree".  My family has an Admiralty and Maritime firm that I am planning on becoming a part of one day. 

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Would my application look so bad that it would be worthwhile to wait until I get a higher LSAT?

Or would it be worth the gamble to apply with the information listed above?

Wait.

P.S.  I'm White.