I am well aware that a 2.8 is an awful GPA to get into a top law school, but I’ve been working on my BA over nearly 10 years with breaks and a good bit of life happening in between. In summer of 2017 I was kicked out of University for low scholarship. I was working 50-60 hours a week and had separated from my husband leaving me a single mother and very little income (which led to the extreme work hours).
I spent two years getting my life together and returned in the fall of 2019. I averaged a 3.88 GPA during the 4 quarters I had left making Dean’s List each time. I raised my GPA a full point during that single year (to a 2.8). It’s a bit frustrating that my University (University of Washington) does not allow weighted GPA’s as I received over 4.0’s in a few courses which would have helped a good bit. In addition to that, I also went through a divorce and finally won the fight to gain sole custody of my now 10 year old daughter in October 2019 and have maintained 40-50 hours a week working as a career USPS carrier throughout it all. While it is only a single year, it is my most recent school attendance and showcases that I can not only handle an extreme workload, but also do well in school during such.
I have NOT taken the LSAT, but I have scored well on all of the practice exams I have taken leading me to [naively] feel confident about the exam itself. I intend to take the flex exam this November.
Should I split and do very well on the LSAT, do you believe I should try for my top school(s) such as NYU? Would they even bother reading my personal statement after seeing a 2.8 GPA?
Getting in to a T14 appears to be outright unheard of with a below 3.0 GPA.