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Who Gets To Attend A Top Law School?
I took the Feb. 2014 lsat and got a 151. I graduated from a Liberal Arts School that ranks 56 in the U.S. with a 3.7 GPA. Just completed my application to Yale, Havard, Columbia, George Washington and American University under the impression that I would do reasonably well on the LSAT. I have safety schools to apply to. Do you think I stand a chance of getting into these schools or any top 50 schools?
A Top 50 school is reasonable because your undergraduate record is so strong.
I took my February 2014 LSAT and a worried about score. I scored 146 . I want to let you know that i am an international student and we don’t get tutor facility for LSAT in my country so i self studied, even if i decide to retake i only have the option to self study which i am totally fine with. But i wanted to know what are the opportunities to get into a law school with the currrent score. I am a chemistry (Honours) graduate with 2 year work experience.
Waiting for your kind reply.
For international students, it’s important to do well on the LSAT to show you can compete with American students in law school. You should consider online prep programs and online tutors as part of your preparation.
Sorry i forgot to mention i have a 3.5 GPA.
I have a B.S. in Biology and decided to change fields, so I started an online paralegal program to get acquainted with legal coursework to see if it was something I really wanted to pursue. Now since I have decided to apply and take the LSAT, I am wondering if it would look back if I dropped the program to focus on the LSAT?
Kurt, I’m ok with you dropping the paralegal program….
If you received this comment before I apologize. My first LSAT was 143 in February 2013 and I took the test two more times. Once in June 2013 and again this February 2014 and I received a 149 both times. The third time I took the exam I was very ill which made concentrating very difficult. I took a prep course and scored higher on practice tests and I don’t feel I performed my best on the test. Since the application was due before I received my score, I couldn’t address my last score on the addendum. My question is if I should email the assistant dean of admissions to explain my score? I should mention that I had previous interaction with him in the form of an email and in person when I applied last year with my 143 score and I was denied admission. My school of choice is UNM so I have only submitted my application to this school. Any advice you can give me would be appreciated.
RM, You should explain the increase in your score and why you took it a third time (based on your practice exam scores).