Law School Discussion

Applying to law school this fall, question about academic probation.

I have just completed my 4th year of college and I have one more semester left. I will be applying to law school for the fall of 2015. As I have been gathering more information about applying, I realized that I will have to disclose on my applications that I was on academic probation. I should mention that I started off as a pre-med student and I did not intend on going to law school at the beginning. However, I have realized since then what my interests really are and I want to become an attorney.

My grades were not the best and during the fall semester of my junior year, I ended up being placed on academic probation. At the time, I was taking a very difficult biology class and an organic chemistry lab class. I was also taking an online abnormal psychology class that had a 9 month term, so I did not finish that class until that summer. In the biology and organic lab classes, I got a C- and C and my gpa fell below a 2.00 that semester, resulting in academic probation. However, after that semester I got my *&^% together and I declared a psychology major (which I really love). I got much better grades starting that spring and I ended up getting an A in the abnormal psych class, which did end up bringing my gpa up for that semester.

Because academic records are only reviewed at the end of the semester and I did not finish that abnormal psych class until after that spring semester was over, I still had the academic probation on my record, even though I was doing much better.

I'm just wondering if having something like this will hinder my chances of getting into a law school. Since declaring my major, my grades have improved considerably and I am working on doing well on the LSAT. Overall, I have improved as a student since I started college. Even though I know I will have to submit an explanation for my academic probation, realizing that I have to disclose it is making me worry quite a bit now. Sorry for the ramble-y post.

I thought I should also add that I have a 3.1 gpa. I'm hoping that if I score well enough on the LSAT that it will make up for my gpa.

barprephero

Just be honest about it, and make sure to put all of that (minus the expletive) in your personal statement.
That should be all you need to do.

I don't think it will make much difference. One semester on academic probation isn't great, but it's not that big of a deal either. I suspect you won't be the only applicant who has spent a semester on academic probation.

Your cumulative GPA is far more important than what you got one particular semester. You have to disclose it when you apply to law school, and again when you apply to the bar. Be honest, and don't make lame excuses. Take responsibility, and move on.

The best thing you can do at this point is to get the best possible LSAT score. Start preparing ASAP, and Good Luck! 

If you have a 3.1 GPA and get a decent LSAT score you can into a law school. Disclose your academic probation because if it is discovered and you didn't disclose then you have  a problem, but plenty of incoming law students have a lot worse things on their record than one bad semester in college.

With a 3.1 GPA you will likely not get into Harvard even with a perfect LSAT score, but if you finish with a 3.1 and 155+ LSAT score you will have a number of law school options.

As Maintain suggests worry about studying for the LSAT your GPA is the past and not a whole lot you can do about it now other than finish strong. The LSAT however, is completely in your control and it is the key to law school admission.

Good luck.