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Bad gpa in early years... chances of admission?

Bad gpa in early years... chances of admission?
« on: August 21, 2004, 02:05:00 AM »
Hi... I'm planning on applying to law school next fall.  I would really like to get into a top 10 law school, and even more would like to get into the top 3 (Harvard, Yale, Stanford) but I need some advice on my chances.

I graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Political Science, minors in Computer Science, Business, and Economics.  I spent 6 years brginning of my 4th year.  I was doing terrible in CS and decided law was the course for me.  At that time, I had a 2.86 GPA.  I have worked very hard to keep a 4.0 average since I switched to political science so now my cum is 3.42.  I scored a 175 on the LSAT.  I have interned at a local congressional office for 2 summers.  I have other extracurricular activities (vice president and founding member of a fraternity, 2 honor socities, pre-law club, political club, volunteering at hospital).  I have taken a broad selecton of liberal arts courses over the past 3 years and done well in all of them.  I have good recommendations in mind and I am pretty sure I can write a pleasant personal statement.

Do you think that I have even a chance at getting into the top 3?  Would the admissions officers look well upon the fact that once I began focusing on a liberal arts education I earned extremely good grades?  Or will my first 3 years hurt me terribly?  If not the top 3, is there any chance of getting into a top 10 or 15?

I could really use advice here!

Thanks,
Bob

Re: Bad gpa in early years... chances of admission?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2004, 10:45:46 PM »
Top 3 prob not
 top 20 prob yeah, just apply to a good number of em...your lsat will work in your favor.

noell.sweet

Re: Bad gpa in early years... chances of admission?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2004, 10:48:12 PM »
Bob, are you still in Oregon?  I graduate from the U of Oregon in 1999.  I live in Portland. :)  Good luck to you, though I don't know if Harvard, Yale, or Stanford would care about the circumstance, I think they just look at the total UGPA.  But, I would still try, if I were you. :)

Hi... I'm planning on applying to law school next fall.  I would really like to get into a top 10 law school, and even more would like to get into the top 3 (Harvard, Yale, Stanford) but I need some advice on my chances.

I graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Political Science, minors in Computer Science, Business, and Economics.  I spent 6 years brginning of my 4th year.  I was doing terrible in CS and decided law was the course for me.  At that time, I had a 2.86 GPA.  I have worked very hard to keep a 4.0 average since I switched to political science so now my cum is 3.42.  I scored a 175 on the LSAT.  I have interned at a local congressional office for 2 summers.  I have other extracurricular activities (vice president and founding member of a fraternity, 2 honor socities, pre-law club, political club, volunteering at hospital).  I have taken a broad selecton of liberal arts courses over the past 3 years and done well in all of them.  I have good recommendations in mind and I am pretty sure I can write a pleasant personal statement.

Do you think that I have even a chance at getting into the top 3?  Would the admissions officers look well upon the fact that once I began focusing on a liberal arts education I earned extremely good grades?  Or will my first 3 years hurt me terribly?  If not the top 3, is there any chance of getting into a top 10 or 15?

I could really use advice here!

Thanks,
Bob

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Re: Bad gpa in early years... chances of admission?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2004, 10:50:02 PM »
I think you are in for most of 7-20.  Good luck.

Re: Bad gpa in early years... chances of admission?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2004, 03:37:36 PM »
Ok, so it seems like the consensus is seems to be this:
1.  I have a good chance at getting into the top 14.
2.  Harvard, Yale and Stanford are probably out my league, but still worth applying to.

Am I right?  Anyone have any other perspective?

Thanks

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Re: Bad gpa in early years... chances of admission?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2004, 05:37:28 PM »
you have a shot at any law school, especially with a 175.  being related to dionne warwick is also a plus.

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