There are many parts to a law school application – GPA, LSAT score, personal statement, letters of reference, among others. However, the most important factors are, no doubt, your undergraduate GPA and your LSAT score.
Most law schools weigh your LSAT score and your undergraduate GPA approximately equally when deciding whether to admit you. This means, shockingly enough, that four years of undergrad is weighted the same as a four-hour exam. Every hour of that exam is worth a year of undergrad. That is crazy. But that is the system.
If you have a high undergraduate GPA, good for you. If you get a high LSAT score, you will be a competitive law school applicant. If you have a lower-than-you’d-like undergraduate GPA, you are not alone. And, depending on when you are reading this, you might be too far along in undergrad to drastically change your undergraduate GPA (although this is not always true—some students extend their undergraduate years in order to increase their GPA; others include an addendum in their law school application that states why their undergraduate GPA is lower they they would like).
Regardless of where you are in your undergraduate career, your LSAT score is very important. Law schools care about LSAT scores because an LSAT score helps them improve their law school rankings. Further (although it is debated), there is a belief that an LSAT score correlates with bar exam passage rates—which is another important factor for law schools to consider.
Many students balk at paying anything substantial for an LSAT course or an LSAT tutor. However, it is the wisest investment you can make. Getting a high LSAT score increases your chances of getting into a good law school. It also increases your chances of getting a scholarship—especially right now. Law school admissions have gone way down and schools are desperate for good candidates. If you are a competitive applicant, you may find several schools throwing money your way. So investing in a good LSAT tutor now can save you a lot of money down the line.
A private LSAT tutor can be very beneficial when compared to, say a course. A private LSAT tutor can work with you on your individual struggles, answer your questions, keep you accountable, and help you improve your score dramatically through one-one-one assistance. Many of our LSAT students talk see huge improvements in their LSAT score after working with our LSAT tutors. Further, many of them say they wish they would have saved their money on a Kaplan or Princeton course and went straight to private tutoring instead. Whether a LSAT tutor or LSAT course is right for you may depend on your learning style; however we find that many students prefer a tutor over a course.
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