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a bit of variance; seeking guidance

a bit of variance; seeking guidance
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:22:41 PM »
hey all -

quick question that will hopefully help guide, or at least inform my application process.

went to a top 15 (according to us news rankings, not sure how much weight that holds) private university.

ug gpa: 3.0
lsat: 179

served as a research assistant in college and after college. dean's listed and honors tracked early on-- undergrad career got sidelined by an abusive relationship.

will have over a year of experience as a political consultant for a reputable firm working for multiple members of congress at time of application.

wondering where that throws me in the pile.

Re: a bit of variance; seeking guidance
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 05:00:35 PM »
1) Is the 179 a practice exam score/projected exam score/ or a real exam score?

2) Assuming that is your real exam score (damn!!!) - what was the avg. GPA for your undergrad? If it was below a 3.0, then you should be pretty much set.

3) Regardless, you are going to be a crazy splitter for every school you apply to. I would apply to all of the top 14 schools and any other school that is in the region you would like to live/work in after law school.

Honestly, I would be surprised if you didn't get accepted at least into one (if not several) of the T14 schools. you will almost surely get mad money from a lot of very strong schools as well. Use that to leverage money at higher ranked schools. Your LSAT should be strong enough to off-set the 3.0. That huge boost to the school's LSAT avg. will likely be attractive enough to forgive the GPA.

Good luck!

Re: a bit of variance; seeking guidance
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2015, 05:14:03 PM »
real exam score.

i'm not entirely sure what the average gpa of my graduating class was, but i believe my class rank is still on my transcript. i do know that the class wasn't quite as top heavy as some of my friends who were at big state schools.

that's awesome news! i feel a bit lost going at this without much guidance.

your response is much appreciated. thanks!


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Re: a bit of variance; seeking guidance
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2015, 07:49:10 AM »
Like you, I was a crazy splitter (high LSAT, low uGPA). I did very well. With your LSAT, you should be applying to T14 schools.

You should also look at That website has some profiles of applicants with their uGPAs and LSAT scores. I remember that in the past, it was helpful. Good luck.

Re: a bit of variance; seeking guidance
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2015, 04:02:05 PM »
179 is awesome good job!

With that you will have a lot of opportunities possibly at some T14's as well as scholarship options at mid to even low ranked schools.

What you should really ask yourself is where you want to live and apply to every school in that area. Then try applying to Harvard, Yale, Stanford etc if they accept they can be something to consider.

One thing to do to save on law school application costs is attend an LSAC forum. this is the list of where they are held. Before the event many schools will offer you fee waivers if you just stop by their booth and you can just write your number down at each booth as well. I did this at one forum and got something like 40+ fee waivers and applied to most of them, which then gave me scholarship options etc.

Basically you have a lot of doors and this is a good article offering some preliminary guidance on how to choose a law school.