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ambitiouslatino04

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Hope for Diversity at a top Law School
« on: September 14, 2004, 09:10:16 AM »
I attended this weekend's NYC Law School Forum and spoke to an admissions rep from the University of Virginia Law School.  As an African American graduate of U of Virginia Law School, she told me not to let your lsat score discourage you from applying.  The 25th percentile for U of Virginia is a 165 and she said she got a 150ish(did not state specifically the exact score).  Point of all this is that if your a minority and have a great personal statement, recommendations and a good gpa, you still might have a chance to get into a top school.  U of Virginia is #9 in the US NEWS "Ultimate guide to law schools".  Hope this inspires minorities to applying even though you might not have the lsat recommmended.   Remember, some schools value other things about you besides your gpa and lsat scores...Yes most schools are all about gpa and lsat... but some are not.... Good luck!  :)
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Re: Hope for Diversity at a top Law School
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2004, 01:11:37 AM »
What was the median?
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Re: Hope for Diversity at a top Law School
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2004, 09:48:44 AM »
There was no median posted in terms of gpa and lsat scores but I can give you the 25th and 75th percentiles (middle 50 percent) as given in the US News "Ultimate Guide to Law Schools" (2004).  Here they are:

       25th percentile   75th percentile
LSAT      165                  170
GPA       3.55                 3.81

So 25 percent(bottom 25 percent) of admitted U of Virginia Law School students scored below 165 and another 25 percent scored above 170 (top 25 percent).  Same goes for GPA.  Moral of the story, if you have the gpa but not the lsat recommended or vice versa, and you have a strong personal statement (essayedge.com is recommended by many on this site for personal statement assistance) and recommendations, and are a minority, you should still apply!  Hope this helps :)
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