Red, what would you label a very low GPA?
1. Your LSAT score is by far the most important element of your application. It will define your application cycle. - it is very, very learnable: do every single LSAC prep test there is until you own it. It is not an IQ test; it is a familiarity test. - do not take it too early: you'll have a hard time recovering from a mediocre score, even if you retake - anticipate a drop of 3 scaled points from your practice average. If you want a 170, practice at 174.2. Applying early is the second most important element of success - ask for your LORs very early - don't underestimate how long it takes to write your statements - don't get caught in transcript hell3. Almost nothing can overcome a very low GPA at the T14 schools. Likely not time, not a PhD, not an explanation. If you're a splitter, cast a wide net and count on a roller-coaster of a ride. 4. The most important aspect of your Personal and Diversity Statements is tone and clarity. Otherwise, they are not nearly as important as you think, except - if you're applying to Yale; or - if you're a URM or have severely disadvantaged socioeconomic background - if you're applying for a specific Scholarship, such as the Furman at NYUThat's it.Please, people, do yourselves a favor: practice for the LSAT until you're ready to take it. You'll likely never again have the opportunity for that kind of return on investment. Cheers
Question to all of you pros out there:Would you suggest using the LSAC application for the schools or each schools' specific e-app?
Thanks for the advice people!I have a question. Unfortunately, I can't take the June LSAT (decided this month that I would only take 1 year off instead of 2), thus I'm taking the exam on Sept 30th.I'm taking a PS course that would end in Aug and leave me with Sept to take a fair amount of prep tests. As long as I start putting my PS (which I've started), DS, and resume together in the summer, I should be okay to apply late Oct right?
*Optional essays are, in most cases, not optional. If you are dead set on Penn/Michigan/etc, do the "Why __fill in the school___?" essay.*Make sure your dean cert's get in I did not have a prob, but I read numerous MSN profiles that made mention of late complete dates due to screw ups over dean certifications.*When the time comes for you to decide on a school (if you are deciding between T14 schools), take money out of the equation. This of course depends on the type of practice you wish to pursue, loan repayment assistance if you are doing PI. But for the most part go where you will be happy, feel most comfortable, and enjoy your fellow students. Prime example- the number of ppl turning down Hamiltons for HY. Law school will be difficult no matter what, you might as well spend three years at a school you enjoy. As someone else said: money comes, money goes. >shrug<