Probably worth explaining the situation in your PS or an extra letter. You'll do much better than someone with a standard 3.5gpa and not as well as someone with a full 3.98. Overall I'd guess you've got a reasonable shot at all the top 10 and a very good shot at the lower 1/3rd of the top 10. The more recent performance is probably all that really matters in guessing how well you'll do in law school, but law schools are also interested in moving themselves up the USNWR rankings and of course the LSAC reported UGPA is a big factor there.... Expect to do better at schools less nervous about their rank than those more nervous. Note that the LSAC "normalizes" your gpa and spits out a number. Its possible you'll get a boost from that too - I don't know how they handle situations like yours. My GPA at a not-so-great state school got bumped up by about 0.1.
That being said, I was planning on applying to Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Chicago, UPENN, UC Berkeley, Georgetown, Duke, UNC. Figure that gives me a wide enough net to where I should be fine
Quote from: marcus-aurelius on July 18, 2010, 09:27:02 PMThat being said, I was planning on applying to Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Chicago, UPENN, UC Berkeley, Georgetown, Duke, UNC. Figure that gives me a wide enough net to where I should be fineSomething is missing from that list... You should apply to Yale as well. If you make it past the initial screening, I suspect Yale will be more willing than many other schools to consider your special circumstances.I also agree with bike on the general subject.Either way, good luck.
My LSAT score is a 173. MY GPA for my entire undergraduate career will be a 3.5. I went to school (college) from 2000-2001 and was simply not interested in education. I dropped out. I went back in 2007 and have recevied all A's short of 1 A- (my graduating GPA will be a 3.98)I volunteer with the local county courthouse and have interned at a law office as well.My question is what are my chances for a top 10 school? I will write an addendum explaining my progression.