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 :

165/161

Undergrad :

Ivy League

Activities :

Extensive professional and volunteer experience in education sector.

Personal

First in family to graduate high school / college

Overview

Our client was discouraged after receiving a 4-point decrease on the LSAT, coupled with a less competitive GPA. As the first in the family to graduate college, the client was also daunted by the graduate school application process. With strong public service and post-graduate experience, including a 4.0 in a Master’s program, this client had much to offer as a law school candidate, but was unsure how to frame the application.

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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