So I would really appreciate it if any informed person could give me an honest assessment on my situation
I'm a student at USC, did both my undergrad here and finishing up a 1 year masters in accounting program this year. I plan on working a couple years and earning my CPA before law school. My Undergrad GPA is 3.87 and I've taken the LSAT three times, 167 being my highest score. I know the only hard factors for your index number assigned for admission are those two figures (LSAT weighing moreso for most schools).
However, I fudged up my first semester of the masters program getting me a flat 3.1 GPA. I've heard time and time again and read on forums that graduate degrees and grades are only a soft factor and don't affect your admission to law schools the way UGPA and LSATs does. But I was wondering if anyone knew something I overlooked on the matter. Will that semester in grad school I didn't do so well in obliterate my chances at a lot of schools I had a chance of getting in at initially, say UCLA or USC?
I would appreciate any honest and truthful assessments. You will not hurt my feelings.