One thing I tell candidates a lot is that good
LSAT scores and
high GPAs don't necessarily guarantee you acceptance into a top 20 school.
Competition is fierce for such limited slots; you have to find a way to stand
out from the crowd and show your potential.
Schools aren't just looking at your credentials and profile; they're evaluating
how you'll also impact them in the long run. Will you be an active alumnus?
Would you be a great representation of the school in the workforce?
I had an applicant who had a strong GPA (nearly a 4.0) and strong
extracurricular activities for a top 10 school. Unfortunately,
her LSAT was a 162. Because the competition at the top schools is so intense, we had to really
showcase her potential to mitigate that LSAT and ensure her application stood
Highly active in her undergraduate schooling, we showed not just her excellent
study skills but also highlighted the fact that she studied abroad, was involved
and held leadership positions in several campus groups, and was an active
participant in community service. By showing these other qualities, we were able
to present a complete picture and show that she would be an excellent candidate.
After all, you have to demonstrate by prior example; you cannot promise to be
active if you've never shown it in the past.
Not only did she get accepted to several excellent schools, but she also got
accepted to her top choice – Stanford. And the last I heard, she's doing
herself and Stanford very proud.
- Contributed by Senior Consultant Heike Spahn, a former Associate Director of
Admissions and Assistant Dean of Financial Aid at the University of Chicago Law
School. She holds her J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law, where
she later served as Assistant Dean of Admissions.