Sun 14 Nov, 2004 02:47 pm
I have a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in NY,NY. My GPA is 3.25. My questions are as follows:
If I were to score very high on the LSAT, say, 170-180. What are the chances I could get into a halfway decent law school? Would schools such as Columbia or NYU be out of question with a perfect score of 180? Finally, based on the premise that I could get into a halfway decent school can someone give me an idea as to what schools I should look at as I am intent on focusing on Constitutional law?
Thank you, Jeff
I high LSAT is helpful, but is just one factor in the application process. American law schools provide a general curriculum. You would not declare a specialty, although after the first year you can generally take classes in the areas that interest you.
See the attached link for further information about the application process and LSAT:
jgreenhut: If you score 180 on the LSAT, you can pretty much go to any law school you want (unless you've done something like run over the dean's wife, and even then you might still get in). Furthermore, law schools would see your BFA as a plus, not a minus -- the admissions committees would be wetting their collective pants to get an application with that kind of combination of test scores and "diverse" (i.e. not history/political science/philosophy) undergrad degree.
Don't worry about applying to a law school that can best prepare you for a career in constitutional law. First, because every top tier law school has a solid constitutional law faculty. Second, because nobody actually practices constitutional law (except for maybe the Solicitor General and a few Harvard law professors). Instead, just go to the best law school that you can get into -- the career will take care of itself.
Thanks for the help
Thankyou for replying to my post. I just wanted to clarify that by no stretch of the imagination do I think i'm capable of scoring 180, but I do know I'm going to do everything in my power to get as close to a perfect score as I can. Nevertheless, it is inspiring to know that my BFA is not a liability in my pursuit of entry into a respectable school. I was also curious as to whether or not my lacking of of "pre-law" credentials will work against me? Once again thankyou for your time. Jeff
Your lack of pre-law credentials will not work against you. Law schools prefer a diverse body of students (including diverse work and academic experience). However, even an ultra-high LSAT score will not guarantee admittance to any law school. You need something extra. How long have you been working? You might be an interesting candidate depending on your history.
The way I understand it to work is even if you score a high LSAT, a law school will also check your GPA from the college you are attending. It also depends on what law school you are applying to as well. You want a school that has a high ranking of America's top law schools to insure a better employment opportunity.