GPA 3.44 LSAT 165 Currently working at a bank

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Burgh321
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GPA 3.44 LSAT 165 Currently working at a bank

Postby Burgh321 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:28 pm

Hey all,

I am fresh out of college currently working as a financial analyst at a bank. Nothing sexy, such as an Ibanker, but just working as an internal analyst. I am planning on taking the LSAT February 2018 and wondered at what types of schools I could end up at if I score a 165 on the LSAT. I was an undergrad Finance major with a 3.44 GPA. I was hoping that my work history at a financial institution would help my case during the application process. I would be enrolling during the fall of 2019 as well. Interested in schools in the midwest.

Thanks!

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Platopus
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Re: GPA 3.44 LSAT 165 Currently working at a bank

Postby Platopus » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:38 pm

Burgh321 wrote: I was hoping that my work history at a financial institution would help my case during the application process.


Unfortunately, your job is going to do virtually nothing to help your case in the application process, other than the fact that you are employed and not a K-JD. Nothing wrong with your job, it's just that LSAT and GPA do 95% of the work.

That said, you are aiming too low with a 165. Most people can get above 165 with 3-5 months of study, and with your GPA, it's really crucial that you try to squeeze out every single point you can.

I won't speculate on your chances, since you don't have a score, and LSAT scores determine virtually everything about which schools you are competitive at, so for now just study hard and aim for at least 170+

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Re: GPA 3.44 LSAT 165 Currently working at a bank

Postby quicustodiet » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:16 pm

You're going to get a lot of honest advice, which may be difficult to hear. Don't rush to law school. Study hard for the LSAT. Shoot for 170+. Given the economy and the landscape of the profession, probably retake the LSAT if you score lower than 168. Continue working in your current position. Network and talk to lawyers you know or who people you know know. Although your work experience and networking probably will not help you get into a top law school, those things probably will help you in landing a job for after law school--especially if you want to do what people loosely refer to as "corporate" or "transactional" law at a mid-size or large law firm. PM if you have more specific questions, and I will answer what I can. Listen to everyone's advice on here and take all of it for what it's worth.




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