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GPA needed to get into a good law school

lovemydaughterslovemydaughters Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited March 2009 in Law School
My daughter is a junior, political science major in the honors program at UGA. She has a 3.88 gpa ( would be a 4.0 except for a couple college courses taken in high school.). She will be graduating next May. She is also fearful that she may be getting a couple B's this semester.
She has been told that she must have a 4.0 to get into law school. I think this came from another student - nobody in authority. She is now thinking that she will not make it into a good law school and is beginning to give up on it. She also didn't do well with the LSAT prep questions that she began to look at over spring break. She had done no prep before this.
One other thing that she has been told is that UGA doesn't take people with UGA undergrad degrees.
First, what are the facts about gpa needs for getting into law school? Second, does anyone have knowledge of UGA accepting UGA grads? Lastly, does anyone have any words of wisdom that I can give her. My husband and I are both musicians with no experience or knowledge of any of this. We don't care if she goes to law school. We just want her to be happy. She is really stressing and doesn't know what to do now.
Thanks for any help and guidance.
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Replies to: GPA needed to get into a good law school

  • Senior's DadSenior's Dad Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    Your daughter should check in with UGA's Prelaw Advising Office. University of Georgia: Office of the Vice President for Instruction

    She'll need the best GPA she can earn as well as the highest LSAT score she can garner.

    UGA undergrads are certainly admitted to UGA law.
  • jonrijonri Registered User Posts: 6,967 Senior Member
    You don't need a 4.0 to get into law school.

    Every law school takes undergrads from its own college.

    She can raise her LSAT by studying.

    The words of wisdom I would offer--other than the excellent suggestion to see the pre-law adviser at UGA--is to go to www.lsac.org and read through the material there. She can put in her gpa with various LSAT scores and see a list of law schools with the percentage of students with those #s who were accepted at those schools in a recent admissions cycle.

    PS: I just put in a 3.70 and a 165 LSAT and in a recent admissions cycle, roughly 75% of applicants with those numbers were admitted to the U Georgia Law School. Hope that calms her down.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,831 Senior Member
    Despite what you read on this forum, most very excellent college students do NOT have a 4.0. You can graduate cum laude from highly selective schools with a much lower GPA than that, and I assure you that with a decent LSAT score, these students are getting into law school.
  • lovemydaughterslovemydaughters Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement. I don't know who the person is that is giving her this misinformation. I believe it's a "friend" of hers that may be jealous. I will pass all this along. The answers you all gave were in line with what I was thinking they would be. The suggestions were wonderful.
    She has had a really tough year - first away from the family -we moved to MD last April. She has also had room mate issues. I just think this stuff is getting to her. She has fears of getting b's in two classes but she has thought that of other courses before and always gotten the A's in the end. Next year should be better. She will hear next week if she was accepted into the Washington semester. If she is, that will be a great thing for her on many levels.
    Thanks again for the great information and advise.
    It's tough being a non-hovering helicopter mom!
  • smlsandysmlsandy Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    what would the above be
  • SpanksSpanks Registered User Posts: 3,612 Senior Member
    I got a 2.8 first semester and have a C on my transcript and I'm going to Columbia (I applied with a 3.62, but still nowhere near a 4.0), so whoever told your daughter that is misinformed or being malicious. A 3.88 is a great GPA and won't keep her out of any law schools.

    For LSAT prep I recommend the Power Score Bibles. They do a great job of explaining how to approach each question type on the test.
  • mikecerangmikecerang Registered User Posts: 352 Member
    ^ what was ur lsat score?
  • SpanksSpanks Registered User Posts: 3,612 Senior Member
    175... but my freshman year was abysmal.
  • ssl307ssl307 - Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Spanks, is that the score you worked hard to get? Or was it the score you got on your first try? Dang..that's an amazing score. What study guides/materials (Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc) did you use?
  • SpanksSpanks Registered User Posts: 3,612 Senior Member
    Thanks, ssl307.

    I took the actual LSAT only once, in October, but it was certainly not my "first try." I self-studied pretty intensely for three months using the Power Score Bibles (just LR and LG, but now there's an RC one too) and took ~30 old PrepTests before the actual LSAT, so I was thoroughly prepared for the real thing. My GPA is mediocre, so I needed to guarantee that I'd score over 170 on the LSAT by studying a lot.
  • magicmaclenmagicmaclen Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    To get into UGA with a 3.88, she probably only needs a 160-ish LSAT (164+ to be absolutely safe), which should be pretty easy for anybody capable of getting a 4.0. No law school is going to fault you for having a 3.88 GPA. For every single law school in the United States except Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, 3.88 is significantly above average. Even for Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, it's pretty close to the median of accepted students.
  • Claymangs07Claymangs07 Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    Where'd you go for undergrad?
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    Tsk... No luck with HYS?

    I'll have a similar UGPA and LSAT, which is why I ask.
  • law_applicantlaw_applicant Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    It's very hard to get into HYS with anything below a 3.8.
  • SpanksSpanks Registered User Posts: 3,612 Senior Member
    Where'd you go for undergrad?
    Tsk... No luck with HYS?

    I'll have a similar UGPA and LSAT, which is why I ask.

    I didn't apply to Y or S, because there's no way I'd get in with my GPA and I didn't feel like throwing out 160 dollars. I haven't heard from H yet, but I'm expecting waitlist at best. Law_applicant is right about the 3.8 GPA wall at HYS, but H seems to be significantly less rigid than Y and S.
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