Are you an American citizen or not? If not, your prospects get a lot better, because then you are an "international student" and they don't have to report your numbers to the ABA (and, therefore, to USNews).Of course, in this context, the school will no longer care if you are URM, and will also not offer you any scholarship money.As an international student, the school likes the fact that you won't affect their incoming student stats, but the school can also be hurt in other stats if you drop out or don't pass the bar. So you will have to convince the school that despite your incompetence as an undergrad, you still have it together enough to graduate and pass the bar. There are 2 ways to get a 2.5 undergrad: 1) stupid or 2) lazy. (For the record, I did poorly because I was depressed and lazy.) A good way to do this is to do well on the LSAT to prove you're not stupid. An upward trend in grades, a good work record or some other kind of evidence is also necessary to prove you're not lazy.Now if you aren't eligible to be considered an international student, you can only be admitted on the basis of what you have to offer with your numbers. This means that unless you get a 178 or so Northwestern is out of the question (for reference, I think a 2.7/176 got accepted in an earlier cycle). If you get around a 170 and up, you may have a shot at GW, Illinois, WUSTL and like places. Texas used to not admit low GPA splitters but I think that changed last cycle; same goes for GW, although GW's new reputation for admitting splitters is more established.Every year, more and more people take the LSAT; every year they are more educated about the LSAT's importance and are more prepared, thanks to improved prep materials; and there is a new ABA policy to take the best LSAT. These three factors combine to push the LSAT scale, on average, down over time. It is no longer prudent to assume that -10 will give you a 170. If you want to have a shot at the schools you talk about, try to make sure you are getting -5 or less in practice.Also remember that if you go to Georgetown or Texas, you must be in the top half to get a decent job upon graduation; at GW, Illinois and the others, it's closer to 25-33%. Keep this in mind when deciding if law school is worth the money.Right now, you make far more than most grads of first tier law schools can dream of making. And your hours are probably better too. If I were you, I'd look down at us law applicants with pity and thank God you're not one of us.
Do I even have a shot at a decent school? My UPGA is 2.5 (I REALLY wasn't ready to go to university) but with definite upward mobility (Poli Sci major GPA is 3.4, Dean's List 3 of last 5 semesters). Taking the LSAT in December (in London - anyone going to be there?), testing in the upper 160s, lower 170s right now. I have been out of school for over 5 years, working in banking. I moved to Sweden, became fluent in Swedish, got a MA in Development Studies with distinction, and now work as a financial editor/supervisory analyst in equity and macroeconomic research for a top Nordic investment bank. I am a Swedish citizen, so I can apply as such if it will help my chances.My dream school is Northwestern. Regionally, California, D.C., Chicago, and Seattle are my target areas since that is where my husband can transfer work. I want to work in international law, specifically international banking and transactions in emerging markets.Should I consider PT? Is the rep really that bad? I make good money ($80,000+) and can transfer work if I choose. I'm not really concerned about the costs, rather the fact that I might have a shot at a better school if I go PT. Any suggestions, both FT and PT? I realize this would be much easier if I already knew my LSAT, but I can't wait until early January to decide. Thanks in advance!
Are you an American citizen or not? If not, your prospects get a lot better, because then you are an "international student" and they don't have to report your numbers to the ABA (and, therefore, to USNews).
Quote from: Stockers on October 14, 2007, 03:07:11 AMI want to be a lawyer, not an investment banker. Do you mind if I ask why?
I want to be a lawyer, not an investment banker.