What are my chances at the Top 20? Specifically UCLA and the DC schools.
I have a low undergraduate GPA, just under 3.0 unfortunately. My English minor is a 3.5 but my major (soft science) is around 2.5. It was incredibly stupid of me not to switch to English major, believe me I know that, but it's too late now.
I've been working for two years; will be three and half by the time I enter law school if I apply this year. I've already been promoted (twice!), received several awards for excellence, and am active in community service within the agency (which I was selected by my boss to help head up).
My LSAT score is in the mid 170s, haven't taken it officially this year but I range from 174-178 on the practice tests, but I also took it once my junior year of college (around the time my grandmother died) and received a 158. Will the fact that I improved so much help me, or will the 158 just highlight the rather obvious trend of doing poorly academically in my college years? Also, I'm Asian. Which is always a kick in the face when it comes to standardized testing/GPA comparisons.
Furthermore: I've taken grad classes (MPA) and received As in all of them. If one of the recs for my app was from a professor at a highly reputable university, would that help my cause?