NUhopeful2010 (2022-2023)

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Application Information

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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
#5 Northwestern University F Intend to Apply Type: ED Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
George Washington University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Notre Dame F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Boston College F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
New York University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Cornell University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
#4 University of Virginia F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
#2 University of Chicago F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
#1 Columbia University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Duke University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Pennsylvania F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
#3 University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Cardozo-Yeshiva University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Minnesota Twin Cities F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Vanderbilt University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Wake Forest University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Indiana University Bloomington F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Washington University in St Louis F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Georgetown University F Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 178
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.35
  • Degree GPA: 2.9
  • School Type: Ivy
  • Major: Philosophy/Classics/E.O.S

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: -
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 1-2 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Nothing spectacular.
I have been busy engineering a number of things, some of which have received notoriety.

Have a few decent softs, but nothing worth more than a quick glance over in my Personal Statements.

Additional info & updates

Decided I will be applying early decision to Northwestern. The fact their law school places up around Chicago, NYU and Columbia in Vault 100, 50 and 25 firms makes me feel confident in this decision.

I expect an acceptance. We shall see.

Anyone wondering about the GPA against my LSAT score, it was due to a number of things. I became heavily involved in numerous engineering projects while in college (teaching myself a great deal). I often procrastinated schoolwork in order to work on these endeavors, which were far more interesting to me.

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Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

I went through about 50 tests worth of LSATs in an 8 month time frame. After about 5 tests I was religiously timing my sections. I tend to perform significantly better on test days than I do in practices though (happened with the SAT, ACT, SAT II's). LSAC offers 2 books of 10 practices and another "guide" with 3 tests. I went through all of those plus about 20 real LSATs from recent years. By the time I was finished I was able to recognize basically anything LSAC tends to throw at people. I didn't stop going through practices until I was consistently getting 180s and 179s (I think I had 5 180s in a row on practices before taking the actual test). Just be careful to time yourself,though I was significantly under time on the actual exam. I was able to really examine the "trickier" questions because I'd gotten so much quicker and accurate about the "obvious" ones. Pointers: Usually in each section the hardest questions are from 16-25... (and scattered throughout that range with easy/hard questions) Be sure to draw quick, but accurate tables in the analytical reasoning sections. Spending 45 seconds drawing a table will increase your speed and accuracy by a large margin when answering the questions. Reading comp and logic games were always easy for me (when I was starting out I think the worst I did was miss 2 questions on those sections), so I suggest spending time perfecting your analytical reasoning... most people fall apart on that section (though I almost never miss any questions in that section now)

Tuesday, April 14 2009 at 08:00 PM

You should send an application to Michigan. I think they may bite with your LSAT, with $$ perhaps.

You might need to check your premises..
Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

I've seen a lot of people get admitted to top 10 schools with worse GPAs and LSATs (both together). I'm probably not going to retake the LSAT for any reason. I suggest you look around this website and a few law school forums, people with 2.2's and 165 get into top 25 law schools more often than not. Basically the chances of me not getting into a top 25 are lower than the chances of a 160/4.0 getting into a top 25 (statistically). If you actually talked to the dean of admissions there (which I doubt you did), UCLA is probably the worst example as they don't value LSAT scores nearly as much as places like NU or GULC do. California is notorious for denying people with high LSATs and "moderate" GPAS (like 3.2s). I don't want to go there though, so it's fine by me. Do you think most lower ranked T-14 schools would be quick to dismiss a 99.9% score because of a moderately low GPA from top 5 ranked school? LSAT scores of students correlate far more to ranks on US News than GPA... In fact it's basically a stairstep down every single rank... but GPA can fluctuate wildly. I suggest you do some more research before offering misguided advice

Best of luck
Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

I think you have a solid chance at NU. Do you have any work experience? If so, I think you're pretty much in with that LSAT score (lets hope I don't jinx you]. Btw that guy/girl from UCLA is insane to mention a retake.

Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

2 years of work experience after college (manager of a large construction/engineering firm). I appreciate the well wishes!

Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

I don't know about classes during college, but my philosophy degree certainly helped overall. I'm a logical positivist (meaning I reject naturalism, Kantian intuition, etc), so I think I've just always been this way. Some of my GPA was simply damaged from professors not liking the way I wrote/thought (Once an A+ went to a B when I started challenging a professor's assertions about logical necessity/stupidity of deism). Sure, I screwed up in college. It wasn't partying, drugs, or women that did it. I was simply bored by everything there once I realized it was the professor's opinion of me that dictated my marks. That spiraled into me finding things to do in my spare time (with which I'm still deeply involved). I'd say, be a logical positivist A type personality. Generally no matter what happens you win, especially standardized tests. I honestly found the LSAT easy from day 1, but it took awhile to go from steady 170s to steady 178-180s. My law classes, especially those in the actual law school I attended (which is very highly ranked and on that list above), always were A's. I'd always suggest to people that if you find yourself starved for intellectual stimulation, don't look to education as the answer. I would do things differently though if I could do it again. I would certainly "play the game" better.

law school career
Tuesday, May 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

I dont believe we have talked, but thanks for telling me I will unsuccessful in my chosen field. I wish you an equally unfulfilling time as well. Good luck in your cut throat law school existence.

Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

Cut throat is good. I'd walk over piles of dead bodies to end up where I want to be, doing merger/acquisitions and regulatory compliance for a top Hong Kong firm :)

Saturday, June 06 2009 at 08:00 PM

Well, I've been doing better with only a week of studying. I got in the lower 150s without studying. It's improved several points since then. I never anticipated getting a 178, and if you received that score without studying, that's insanely impressive, bud. Also, I'm sorry if my GPA makes you think that they hand out 4.0s at state universities. I have a high GPA because I actually enjoy my program and work to maintain it. I wish I were a genius and able to get a LSAT score like yours without much effort, but that's life. I'll just have to study a lot to make up for my stupidity, so I can possibly get into my top schools. Good luck on your cycle, though! I think that you'll be able to get into a T25. I'm pretty certain UIUC/IU/BU would accept you, as it is currently. As for T14, I think you'll have a difficult time there because of your GPA. I would play your engineering interests to your advantage in the application or add an addendum. Keep in touch! P.S. State schools are not that terrible :).

Hard time to T14
Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

Maybe this cycle if applications increase significantly it may be hard. Generally though, I would have a 80-90% chance of at least getting into 1 good T14 school (Northwestern seems like it's in the bag, but let's not get ahead of ourselves). I really do think some state schools pass out easy As to people that just show up sometimes. Something I struggled to find at my undergrad. I plan to do a damn good application package for the T14. Including tons of schematics/prototypical examples, pictures of current projects I'm finishing up before law school, etc. I did study for about 8 months for the LSAT. I'm pretty sure worst case scenario, GULC's part time will take me.

Saturday, June 06 2009 at 08:00 PM

I definitely think you can get into a T14 school. People have gotten accepted with the same index scores you have right now. I'm just saying that it will be difficult to get accepted to several because of your GPA. I think part-time at GULC is a viable option. I would say you have the best shot there than almost any other T14 program. Like you said, create an immaculate application, and you will be golden. If I can help out in any way during your cycle, let me know. Even though I'm from a shitty state school, I can still hopefully give some good criticism on your applications when the time comes. Also, I agree that some state schools essentially hand out As. There are classes like that at my school, but those classes exist at many universities if you know what/who to look for when registering for courses. Cheers! P.S. I just looked at the rest of your wall. Apparently, UCLALawStudent has not done much research at all on acceptances into T50 schools.

Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

I'm pretty devoted to law school and always have been. I'm quite certain I can place in the top 10% first year anywhere on the above list. The best way I can describe my GPA is as a mid-life crisis, just at 20 years old. I spent the time resolving a large range of interests and projects I wanted to work on. If you can imagine someone bored by college not because of lack of material, but because of the lack of original thought, that would have been me. GPA has always been a piss poor indicator of intelligence/work ethic. It often reflects, especially in majors like philosophy, a person's willingness to satisfy norms rather than actual knowledge gained or ambition. I'm sure once I finish up my last engineering project till after law school, which will definitely get me quite a bit of press, law schools will understand the above

Tuesday, January 13 2009 at 07:00 PM

I think I was just super nervous both times I took the LSAT. I can't remember; it was ages ago now. LSAT isn't everything and my score didn't help or hurt me in the end so I really don't care. Good luck with your apps.

To anon
Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

I see another person who hasn't done much research on school acceptances vs scores showed up. Please stop assuming silly things. There's never been a single example of someone with a score this high (no matter their GPA) that didn't get into a T20 school... since the website was created. Stop whining. Seriously don't be jealous because I "fixed" my mistakes on the LSAT. Technically only about 40 people a year score a 180. Just FYI about "tons of people" out there. If you care, my undergraduate's median GPA for graduates is a 3.1 ish. Average ACT acceptance score for entering freshman was a 32. Mind providing any examples of people "only getting into Indiana" with a low GPA and 177+ LSAT? Every sample I can find they get into at least one T14 school. People need to get over the "bitterness" towards splitters. I didn't finish my UG with a 3.8 because I couldn't "do the work". I just didn't care to do it when I was younger. Not to mention only about 0.2% of LSAT test takers match/outscore me each year.

Tuesday, January 13 2009 at 07:00 PM

I really think in the end it was probably nerves which did it for me. The first time was definitely exhaustion, in the week leading up to my first LSAT I took a practice test every day. As for the second one, it was probably nerves as well... I was sitting the test with my ex (with whom I was super competitive). I think I was just in a terrible mind set for both exams and couldn't get past the kind of mental state you need to be in for it. I think test day circumstances were too different to my practice test circumstances too. I took a prep course, but sat the practice tests at different times to the rest of the course so I was always alone in the room when I practiced. I didn't write an addendum for my scores because it's just a lot of excuses for me. In the end I couldn't get a hold of my nerves and couldn't focus on the test. This might be your friend's problem. Thanks for the congrats. I can't believe it either...

Tuesday, January 13 2009 at 07:00 PM

they made me work for it! I wrote the extra hold essay and submitted a total of 5 LORs, 4 LOCIs and stayed up at weird hours (due to time zone) to call them. Your LSAT is going to help you a lot... write an amazing PS and maybe I'll see you at Chicago in 2010 :)

Hmmm... idiot
Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM 4 points lower than me and got into UoC, Vandy, GULC 6 points lower and lower GPA than me and half ride into South Methodist. One point lower than me... got into NU. One point lower than me. Got into Columbia. 4 points lower than me and got into UoV. I can't actually find anyone that "got into Indiana". You didn't go to UoC with a 167. Not unless you also slept with the Dean of Admissions. You likely would get turned down to every T14 with a 4.0/167... at least statistically.

odd comments on my wall...
Tuesday, January 13 2009 at 07:00 PM

how did I get roped into this? I'd like to think I gave the adcomms more pleasure from reading my hold essays and PS than I would've from sleeping with them... Either way, don't worry about stats, and I'm sure the T-20 is a lock (and that WUSTL will offer you moneys, I know someone with 167/3.2 who was accepted with $ there). Just don't fuck up your PS and T-14 will be in your reach as well.

Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

I think many many people would take a 2.x GPA and a 178+ LSAT over a 4.0/165. You open a lot more doors, simply because moving the LSAT score "up" is much harder than moving the average GPA up. This is why law schools value the LSAT upwards of 80% of the admission criteria. not Not trying to rope you into anything. Anon is just an annoyance. My PS and application package (including many engineering projects, publications etc) should be pretty much top notch. I really do appreciate the encouragement. You did a great job getting into UoC.

apply early!
Tuesday, January 13 2009 at 07:00 PM

is your app ready? How soon are you going to apply? I know they say get them in early, but it REALLY helped for me to get mine in early, and if I could do it again, I'd submit them even earlier.

Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

My apps (most of them) should be out by mid October at the latest (my Early Decision will be out earlier). Hopefully as soon as possible for many of the T14.

So bitter
Monday, June 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

It's called a safety school.

Thursday, June 18 2009 at 08:00 PM

I have only taken the lsat twice. Lol. I am asking myself if law school is for me. However, I am postive that I could do the work if I got accepted. My gpa is low because when I first started school, I was not serious at all. Thanks for the feedback.

Friday, October 24 2008 at 08:00 PM

haha good luck i know this means a lot to you

Sunday, September 09 2007 at 08:00 PM

Wow, splitter for sure. Good luck on your app, I'm planning/hoping to have similar stats (GPA a little higher, but I haven't gotten to that elusive 175+ yet). I'll definitely be following you this cycle. What did you write for your PS, and did you submit an addendum for your GPA? If so what did you write about? My GPA situation is sort of similar in that I ended up immersing myself in non-profit and legislative work instead of holing myself up at home and reading 50 pages on game theory. :P

Tuesday, August 04 2009 at 08:00 PM

Hi there, Your LSAT score is obviously off the charts....I was wondering if you have any advice for nailing logic games? I do well on the other parts....a little slow but I have two months to get better before I take it in Sept. The logic games are frustrating. I use the books and do them over and over until my brain cant take anymore. What would you recommend? I have a 3.1 GPA...not the best so I need a great LSAT to get into a decent school...Im not shooting for a 170 but I need at least a 160.

Wednesday, June 03 2009 at 08:00 PM

It's been a while since you commented on mine, but anyways...I wasn't planning on getting into HYS or CCN, but I figured it's worth the application. Good luck during this cycle, I hope NW will completely overlook the GPA.

Other people
Wednesday, November 04 2009 at 07:00 PM

Wow. People certainly have a lot to say about your business. Whatever. Good luck!

Thursday, August 13 2009 at 08:00 PM

Hey NU, why haven't you applied yet? Or are you not posting those details?

Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

I hope you do well, if only because of that diffuse benevolence through which I see every stranger's endeavors. I'm only commenting because I find your arrogance contemptible--the assumption that you'll write and think better than 90% of your peers, that a user who started a nationally-known business is relevantly analogous to you as an applicant (lucky123456), that your undergraduate classes were beneath you. Good luck.

good luck
Wednesday, December 09 2009 at 07:00 PM

Good luck on your applications! I'm sure you're going to get into some great schools! I felt the need to post since I seen so many negative posters on your wall. Personally, I think many of them are simply jealous. I think it's awesome that you got such a high score. You give people like me hope! :) I definitely wish you the best and I'm almost positive you'll be able to get into a T20 school.