Julie M.TFA Applicant with Decreased LSAT score

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Challenge:

Our client was discouraged after receiving a 4-point decrease on the LSAT, coupled with a less competitive GPA.

GPA :

3.48

LSAT :

165

Undergrad :

Ivy League

Activities :

Extensive professional and volunteer experience in education sector.

Personal

First in family to graduate high school / college

Overview

Our client had 3 years of increasing responsibility at a consulting firm. Throughout his time in consulting, he had a wide range of functional and industry experience. As an engineering major, he had spent time studying energy and after a couple years of consulting wanted to re-direct his career in that direction.  In his first application, pre-Stratus, he did a good job of showing who he was, but didn’t tie together his history of energy and giving back to his hopeful career shift.

Result

Admitted to Columbia (with scholarship), Berkeley (with scholarship), Cornell.

Strategy

Because law schools encounter many Teach For America applicants, our strategy had to showcase this clients unique story. We discussed the client’s experiences a first-generation high school graduate, and the “reality-checks” she encountered in helping students from disadvantaged socio-economic communities as a teacher. Expressing a clear and focused motivation for attending law school was paramount in establishing why this particular TFA applicant was prepared to excel beyond what may have been indicated by her numbers.

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