Only applied to Berkeley Law and was admitted a couple weeks back. I wanted to create this profile because I didn't see profiles like mine represented on LSN when I was applying.
I am historically a poor test taker and knew that going into the applications process so I made sure to highlight all of my other strengths/experiences. Personally, I believe that standardized exams (like the LSAT, GRE and SAT) have very little predictive value with regard to my academic potential or my capacity to contribute to the legal profession. I was able to make a compelling enough case for this to land at my dream school.
For future applicants who also don't perform well on tests, consider strengthening your candidacy by pursuing unique but relevant work opportunities (outside of working at a law firm if possible in order distinguish yourself a little more) and also looking into graduate programs before law school.
For fellow first-generation, low-income, students of color, do not shy away from expressing your accomplishments in the context of your personal/familial history. This is not to seek sympathy from admissions officers, but rather to point to the reality that many of our successes have required some additional effort and perseverance based off of where we have started.
Law School Predictor: Weak Consider
Completed 1/05/15 (after Dec. LSAT scores released)
Dean's Fellowship Notification ($75,000) 3/20/15