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DC-area law, USPTO
« on: Jun 21st, 2007, 12:33am »
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I have more or less completely written off my chances of getting into Georgetown for law school but I'm still looking at George Washington, George Mason, College of William and Mary (instate), or possibly Washington and Lee.
 
I graduated with a 2.75 w/ an ME major from a top 10 engineering school (The ME major average wasn't too much higher than a 2.75 though I don't think the admission board will care much).  I have time practiced between a 165-170 on several LSATs.
 
I have also started working for the USPTO and plan on staying there for a few years for experience and some funds.
 
Do I have any reasonable chance at GW, granted I land near a 165-170.  I heard they like locals, federal workers, or engineers (rarer for law).
 
Any thoughts? Thanks  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 21st, 2007, 4:13pm »
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I do not think you can get into a decent law school with under a 3.0.  A decent law school being top 100.  Average gpas to get into schools in CA are about 3.1 or so.   I would say you really have to crank on the lsat, maybe 168 or above.  Getting into a top 25 program is probably not going to happen unless you hit 170.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 21st, 2007, 4:46pm »
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Supposively they have restricted putting websites on here for new users... anyway I wanted to refer you to a site where they show LSAT vs. GPA and acceptances/WL/rejection.  I agree with you in that I will have to get close to a 170 for a chance at GW... however I feel that you're no chance at a top 100 is completely inaccurate (I'd like to post a link to the site but can't at this time).
 
Anyway alot of lower tier one schools will accept any GPA once a certain lsat is met.  The sight shows this clearly.  163-166 seems like a common lower limit auto-in at this lower tier one schools.  
 
My question was mostly regarding whether being an engineer, working at the USPTO, or being local can curry any favor at GW.  I will probably end up trying for George Mason which is more obtainable.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 21st, 2007, 6:12pm »
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you can always type in the website's address...
 
www dot apple dot com slash itunes
 
or
 
www . apple . com / itunes
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Re: DC-area law, USPTO
« Reply #4 on: Jun 22nd, 2007, 12:15pm »
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on Jun 21st, 2007, 4:13pm, justaperspective wrote:
I do not think you can get into a decent law school with under a 3.0.  A decent law school being top 100.  Average gpas to get into schools in CA are about 3.1 or so.   I would say you really have to crank on the lsat, maybe 168 or above.  Getting into a top 25 program is probably not going to happen unless you hit 170.

This is poor and inaccurate advice.  Also, there is a huge difference between the top 100 schools (the majority of which he would have a very strong shot at), and the top 25 schools.  
 
In the top 14 schools, score a 170+ and you may have a chance at splitter-friendly Northwestern, and possibly UVa.  Also, if you get a score like you think you will, definitely try for Georgetown PT, as PT admissions scores are not reported and do not affect school rankings.
 
Apply for GW both FT and PT.  You will stand a good chance at PT.  IMO, unless you are a URM, it is overwhelmingly a numbers game, though I have also heard the rumor that GW likes USPTO workers.
 
In the top 25 schools, UIUC is splitter friendly.  Most of the others are not, no matter what your major.
 
It sounds like you already know about lawschoolnumbers dot com.  You can also try lawschooldiscussion dot org for peer opinions.
 
My other thought is: you may be limiting yourself by desiring to stay in the area for a few years.  The outcome of splitter applications is very random, and you may find yourself rejected by lower local schools, and accepted to some great ones elsewhere in the country.
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