Chances of getting into top school and course of action?

<p>I am currently a junior at a very good undergraduate university, I am majoring in political science and minoring in economics, my GPA is a 3.5, and on a practice LSAT (taken cold) I got a 162. </p>

<p>I am wondering what my chances would be for getting into a top law school if my stat's stayed this way through my application process (assuming I got a 162 on the actual LSAT). I am also wondering what my chances might be of improving that initial score with studying and what not. If it can be improved, to what degree (I know this isn't exactly quantifiable. I am more looking for people's experiences and opinions here) ? and what LSAT score would I need to get into a top law school.</p>

<p>If it is of any value, I am a great writer (not certain if that is evident in this post, lol) and have been able to use my powers of persuasion on applications in the past (job apps, undergraduate app, etc.) successfully. Will this skill help my odds at all?</p>

<p>Come back once you have taken 20-30 practice lsats and ask again then.
No one in their right mind would even consider taking the LSAT after one practice test. The score you got on your first one is irrelevant.</p>

<p>Obviously, you're not going to get into a law school worth going to with a 162, but your score will also rise with practice.</p>

<p>More positive answer than Angryelf (why so angry?????).
I see no need to discourage the OP as so many here do.</p>

<p>Yes, you can get into a decent law school with a 162. and 3.5 GPA. Friends twins are at Syracuse with similar test scores now. Top law schools, unlikely, but that is not the end of the world or your career prospects. </p>

<p>Take an LSAT course or at least practice tests/booklets so you are prepared for the test. </p>

<p>From what I remember, the earlier you apply senior year, the better as the law schools have rolling admissions and merit money that dwindles over time. See if you can register for an LSAT or two between now and the end of your Jr year so you know where you stand as far as scores and what schools you may wish to apply to. There are websites geared to test scores/GPA and your chances of acceptance. </p>

<p>Good luck.</p>