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Does your undergraduate school attended matter for law school admissions or is it all about your GPA and LSAT?

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Ralph Lopez on July 30, 2019

Essentially you have asked two questions. First you ask whether the undergraduate school that you attend matters for law school admissions. The short answer is yes. The degree to what matters, however, depends on a large number of factors (e.g. relative prestige of the potential aw school, in relation to prestige of the undergraduate institution). All else being equal, a 3.0 at Harvard university will help you in more law schools than a 3.0 in the Arizona State University. This question requires a case-by-case response. Sorry. The second question is whether the admission is all about GPA and LSAT? This question has no definite answer, but it is more responsible than the first. When your test score and GPA information is transmitted to potential law schools, most of them plug numbers into a formula which results in that is assigned a particular score (which, of course, will be used to rate your application based on the likelihood of admission, without consideration of soft factors). Each school will use a formula that weights gpa and LSAT score to a different degree (in relation to each other). For example, A school may multiply your GPA by a factor of 10, but only multiply your LSAT score by a multiple of 5, while school B might multiply your GPA by a factor of 5, but multiply your LSAT score by a factor of 10. There is a list somewhere on line that gives approximations of these, but I can't remember where it is. In any case, if you have not done so, proceed to http://officialguide.lsac.org/UGPASearch/Search3.aspx?SidString= and plug in your current number. Some additional information that I have received from a visit at UNC-CH helps answer your question. In fact, I was asked the same question, while I was there, and the dean of the response was pretty much: "We don't look much at where you went to the bachelor. People have many reasons to attend the schools they did. For example, some people may not have been able to afford the luxury of a different school, they may have needed to stay near his hometown because of family problems, or your specific grade level was the most appropriate for them in their undergraduate school." So if the vision you have of the Unc school of law I am pretty sure that is standardized. The two main factors in your application are your gpa and LSAT. Your gpa is primarily an indicator of how well you did compared to your fellow students in your school and the lsat is a general "how well did you do in comparison with other prospective law students on a standardized level." Meaning the lsat conforms all of the applicants to the same scale, rather than only the comparison of how well you did at your school, as a Harvard student who gets a 3.0 is probably more intelligent than a student of the ECU, which has a 3.5. What is the point? Or another example that the Dean is also referred to was an applicant for Westpoint was applying and had a gpa of 2.6. His initial reaction was that the student was an idiot, but he was admitted in the average of the average values of the other students and found that the student was actually much higher than their peers. Well that all depends on the school you plan to attend, but I would say that if you keep your GPA above a 3.4 and an LSAT above 158, you will have a good chance of getting into any state school unless its a top 20 school, such as the university of california, Berkeley. The other factors are the personal statement, academic resume, and the appendix. The way I understand it is the personal statement and academic resumes are quite playoffs and the appendix is just a complation of reasons why your grades or scores lsat are low and/or your criminal background explanation. The way my LSAT prep book put it is when schools get applications that fall into one of three stacks once the average of ratings and scores LSAT are reviewed. The three batteries are definitely enter, can enter, and definitely not reach. If there is any room after the first stack, passing through the second stack looking for the best candidates based on their scores and variable qualifications. A web site that you can go and put your LSAT and GPA and get a list of schools that meet their requirements: http://www.studentdoc.com/lsat-scores.HTML I hope that this information helps and exuse any grammatical errors ;-)


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