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GPA: 3.6; LSAT: 163; Will they even look at my application?

PremengPremeng Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Aside from my scores, I am a double major in English (3.9 GPA) and math (3.3 GPA). I've skipped two grades in school and took dual enrollment classes in high school, so I'll have both of my bachelor's degree by the time I am twenty. I am an honors student, founder of the Pre-law club on my campus which I have been the president of for two years, and am one out of five of the student judges in a state-wide moot Court competition. I've never really cared much about scores even though I've maintained pretty good ones; my main goal is just to enjoy myself and work to be a bomb attorney. I live in rural Appalachia and spent most of my life on a cattle farm; I have worked my tail off to even go to undergrad, much less grad school. But will law schools even care that I skipped grades, or did all these extra curriculars? Will the T14 even bother looking at my application with my scores so close to average? Will they care about where I come from? I know I'm kind of an oddly specific case, but I really don't know where to set my expectations.

Replies to: GPA: 3.6; LSAT: 163; Will they even look at my application?

  • HappyAlumnusHappyAlumnus Registered User Posts: 1,100 Senior Member
    Being from rural Appalachia is a plus.

    Otherwise all that really matters are your grades and test scores.

    Ditch the math classes since your grades in them aren't that great.

    Then study, study, study for the LSAT and retake it. A 163 is not enough for the T14, period.
  • PremengPremeng Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thanks for the advice!
  • BrooklynRyeBrooklynRye Registered User Posts: 337 Member
    @HappyAlumnus, am curious as to the minimum level LSAT you would say one has a chance at the T10. Assume top grades. great extracurriculars, stellar recommendations, and even some real-law firm/legal aid experience. Thanks!
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,409 Senior Member
    edited August 5
    ^^not Happy, but all law schools publish their medians for LSAT and GPA. To increase your odds of admissions, you had better aim for to beat median, at least on one* of the key numbers, either GPA or LSAT. For example, Northwestern, current #10, has a median LSAT score of 168.

    Northwestern's GPA median is 3.8, so the OP would need something else that is really outstanding (read, national class) or a big hook for T10.

    *Beating both medians is always better, of course.

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