I have an LSAT score of 151 and a gpa of 3.85, I am going to re-take the LSAT in December but I do want to apply to some schools I think I can get into with my current numbers. It's unfortunately really hard to understand where I stand though because I'm usually far above one median and far below the other.
For example my number one choice is probably Louisville. 25%-152 75%-158 LSAT and 25%-3.2-75%-3.68 GPA No idea how to read that as far as chances as I'm 20% in one category and 80% in the other. The only real guidance I have is the LSAC calculator, which I trust but I hate to put so much faith in that. According to the LSAC calculator I have about a dead on 50-50 shot. I have other places like this only even more extreme. Places like Oregon where I have a 25% chance, but I am like 6 points under their 25% number. I've tried to type in other gpa/LSAT combos and I'm about even with a person who has a 3.5-3.6 and a 154-155 LSAT score as far as admissions chances. That helps but that's a pretty unproven system
Any advice how to figure out where I stand?
Those calcuators will give you a thumbnail, but you'll have to apply to know for sure.
I would offer the following guidance:
1. Between GPA and LSAT, they tend to put more emphasis on LSAT.
2. If you are on the lower side of probabilities, and you're not a URM, you probably aren't the person they will admit with the lowest GPA / LSAT.
3. As I've mentioned before, I applied to a school that the LSAC site says I should have stood a pretty good chance at, and they rejected me outright. (Not even wait-listed.)
I'd say if it puts you at 50% or higher, you stand a pretty good chance. Might as well apply.
Less than 50%? Apply if it's free, or if it's a school you really, really want.
Best of luck