Many students are wondering if law schools will look at LSAT scores when determining admissions to their school. While the LSAT is certainly an important factor, it is not the only factor they should consider. Many law schools also look at GPA and LSAT scores as a predictor of success in the first year of law school. For example, a 4.0/180 will raise eyebrows, but the prestige of the school may give you a small edge.
Another consideration when deciding where to go to law school is what career goals you want to pursue. A high GPA and top class rank are good indicators of success, but not enough to guarantee admission. While prestige and ranking are certainly valuable, you also need to consider the impact that leaving your current school will have on your life and career. The transfer process can be long and costly, and you’ll have to say goodbye to your friends, stellar GPA, and class rank. Furthermore, your current school’s extracurricular activities will be a hindrance when you apply to a new school.
Most law schools accept transfer applicants. Although they may not be looking at LSAT scores in this case, most accept applicants with an average GPA and LSAT score. But it is important to note that the admissions committee will consider many variables in an applicant’s file, including the transfer’s undergraduate GPA. If you’re transferring from a law school to a different one, you must be a high-scoring student in the upper quarter and be able to articulate compelling reasons for transferring to their school.