theventriloquist wrote: luckyirish13 wrote:
theventriloquist wrote:The thing is, I really don't want debt. NU would be good also, but I don't think I can get early decision with such a GPA.
According to those numbers, the 5 users who had an LSAT between 175 and 180 and applied ED to NU (including two users who had a 2.88 GPA and a 3.09 GPA) were almost all accepted, with 1 who was waitlisted. You absolutely can get in with your numbers. Just kill it in the interview process, show them your LSAT, take a near-full ride to a t-13 school, and be set up for a fantastic future.
Also Mr. Chukes is right. Transferring is really hard, unlikely, and expensive. A MUCH better option would be to start out at a top tier school like NU (hint, hint).
But the ones with the low GPA did not get any scholarship from NU! That means, they applied ED, did not get in, and got rolled over to the regular cycle, and then got accepted.
Well, not quite. You're right looks like they didn't get full scholarship, which either means the NU process was different back then, or that they were referred to the regular decision program and accepted that way. (Edit: Or maybe they actually got full scholarships like the ED process gives, but they just didn't update their accounts to say those numbers.) The data available is really limited, considering there only were 5 posters who applied ED to NU with LSAT scores that high during this decade. So let's broaden the search. Here are the numbers for applicants who applied regular decision with an LSAT between 175-180 and a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0. http://mylsn.info/gzfm7a/
What you notice is that just about all of them were accepted, and several of them got scholarships, even without applying ED. None of them got full rides, but they also weren't applying ED. The point is, NU loves high LSAT scores, so you have the potential to get in with the LSAT score you have, and if you are accepted ED, you get that 150,000 scholarship. Yes it's a competitive process, but you have a leg up on other applicants because you fill the diversity box for the admissions department. Your LSAT should get you in the door, then it's up to you to make the sale.
If you put forward an addendum talking about the ADHD as an explanation for the low GPA, then show in the interview process that you've put that behind you and the LSAT is more representative of who you are, you'll have a strong chance. Also NU loves when people have a year or 2 of work experience out of undergrad, if you have that you'll be in even better shoes.
Basically my point is simply that you have the ability to get into NU on a full ride, which is so much better than getting into GW or BU on a full ride.
And the thing is, you should be applying ED to schools that are reaches, not to easy schools to get into. So NU can be the dream, and if that doesn't work out, you can then apply to WUSTL, (no need to use the ED on them since it doesn't increase your scholarship opportunities.) http://mylsn.info/gzfm7a/
. Every poster who had a GPA under 3.0 and an LSAT between 175 and 180 was accepted with significant scholarship into WUSTL. Look in particular at Nagster5 and Incredisplitter, who had LSAT's of 177 and 178, with GPA's of 2.9 and 2.7. They got scholarships of 200K and 155K, neither one applied ED.
Both NU and WUSTL will give you much better potential employment outcomes than BU or GW would do. You have the potential to get a full ride to either of them. If I were you I'd set your sights on those 2 top 20 schools