I'm sure many of you have heard plenty of people with this same story, but here goes...I just recently decided on law school, so I had about a month to study for the LSAT. I took the Kaplan diagnostic and got a 171. I came away pretty optimistic, getting my hopes up for something upwards of that. All the practice tests were at that score or better (and yes, I was completely honest taking them, timed, etc.) I had done all the research on top notch schools, but then when I got my score back, 161. I was devastated. Still don't completely understand what caused me to crap the bed, but oh well.So, I'm picking up the pieces and trying to make a decision on where to go. My GPA is 3.66 in Engineering and as I said, my LSAT was a 161. My recommendations are good (in my opinion at least), and the rest of my resume isn't to shabby, but I am a white male. My question is this... can I still get in to a really good law school? I figure I'm in good shape for all my in state schools (I'm from Florida). I've given up hope at the HYS breed (obviously!), but do I have any chance at a school like UT-Austin? How about Michigan? Georgetown? Or are these just pipe dreams? Is there any school that has a reputation for taking things like difficulty of UG major or "soft factors" into account more than the norm? I would appreciate any input you guys could give me. I have gleaned so much information from this board and you all have made this process a little less scary. Thank you all.
Another option is to go get your free ride at a T3 school, make just as much money and be just as happy.
Quote from: Ray Ash on January 05, 2007, 11:53:58 PMAnother option is to go get your free ride at a T3 school, make just as much money and be just as happy. Except most people from T3 schools do not make just as much money as those from top ones.
Thanks everyone for your responses thus far!I don't really have an option to take a year off... I have to have medical insurance and I'll be dropped from my parents' plan if I am not a full time student. The only option would be to somehow extend my undergrad (by adding a minor or something to that extent) so I was still a full time student.My previous thinking had been if I couldn't get into one of the schools we have talked about thus far, that the extra money spent over UF wouldn't really be worth it. Of course I would like a degree that travels well, and I know any of the T14 will do this, but does an Iowa degree travel considerably better than a UF degree? At the bargain basement cost of Florida's in state public schools, can I justify going elsewhere if the school is only marginally better?And one final question, would it be worth explaining this situation in one of the "standardized test performance" addenda, like UT-Austin has? Or would this just seem like a desperation move?