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What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?

Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2006, 03:12:12 PM »
2.4 - and I have gotten in a few schools (no tier 1, though)

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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2006, 03:26:35 PM »
In answer to the question, I suggest clicking on my LSN.

Also, 3.99 in philosophy.

Also, click on my LSN.

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Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2006, 04:13:00 PM »
In answer to the question, I suggest clicking on my LSN.

Also, 3.99 in philosophy.

Also, click on my LSN.

Whore.

I'm almost in the top 10, which would make me eligible to compete for the LSN scholarship.

Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2006, 12:11:01 AM »
Accounting, 2.8  :-[

Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2006, 12:19:23 AM »
3.6 LSAC (3.8 Degree) with Political Science and History
UC Berkeley

I'm hoping to get in at Duke for their JD/ Political Science MA program. Do you think I can make it with an LSAT in the mid 160s?

Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2006, 12:35:27 AM »
Well, the issue I had was that I had cancer and I had to stay full time student to keep my health insurance the way it was and that meant I had to take hit on some of the classes I was taking and drop as much as I can. It wasn't something I could avoid and some of the instructors were lenient enough to let me get through, but some really couldn't.
I am over my cancer now and don't expect it to come back anytime soon.

But I don't want to use that as an excuse and will not mention anything regarding that in any of the application because I know people have had it harder than me to get into some schools or anything in life. I want to make it back and I want to do it because of who/what I am, not out of sympathy.

I really appreciate what you are all saying and I would like to hear more personal issues. Thx.

Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2006, 12:42:32 AM »
Well, the issue I had was that I had cancer and I had to stay full time student to keep my health insurance the way it was and that meant I had to take hit on some of the classes I was taking and drop as much as I can. It wasn't something I could avoid and some of the instructors were lenient enough to let me get through, but some really couldn't.
I am over my cancer now and don't expect it to come back anytime soon.

But I don't want to use that as an excuse and will not mention anything regarding that in any of the application because I know people have had it harder than me to get into some schools or anything in life. I want to make it back and I want to do it because of who/what I am, not out of sympathy.

I really appreciate what you are all saying and I would like to hear more personal issues. Thx.

You should definitely refer to this in your personal statement or an addendum.  It doesn't have to come across as an "excuse," not that it shouldn't necessarily, because it's about as valid an excuse as you could possibly have.  I think overcoming that kind of adversity and balancing it with school is something admissions committees would view very favorably.  And you might even relate your health insurance issues to why you're interested in studying the law.  I'm not so sure about that, though, because it might be dishonest and it might be a tenuous link to law.  I'm glad you've recovered.

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Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2006, 08:32:58 AM »
In answer to the question, I suggest clicking on my LSN.

Also, 3.99 in philosophy.

Also, click on my LSN.

Whore.

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political science, 3.4.  :-[

How could you know that I'm a whore without all of the available information?

For more information, consult my LSN.

Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2006, 10:17:54 AM »
I am not going to specifically mention cancer as the cause of my grades falling, but I will issue that as "health problems" only. I don't want something that tried to kill me to get me into law school and I don't want the sympathy vote, but want to find out if I can tackle another obstacle in life on my own.

Re: What was your GPA in college and what major were/are you?
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2006, 11:16:10 AM »
3.6 LSAC (3.8 Degree) with Political Science and History
UC Berkeley

I'm hoping to get in at Duke for their JD/ Political Science MA program. Do you think I can make it with an LSAT in the mid 160s?

Who knows what this cycle will actually turn up... but I'd be aiming higher than the mid-160's.  More like 168 and up.  Again, check out LSN--  they've been pretty cautious this cycle so far, but watch how it all plays out and that should give you a better idea.     I have a 3.8/166, and I'm not too hopeful...