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Welcome to Law School Success Stories, where we discuss 7Sage applicants who made the most of their GPA and LSAT score.

πŸ‘€ Who: β€œSanjay,” a recent college grad

  • πŸ“ˆ Top LSAT: 170
  • πŸ“‰ GPA: 2.99

Results

  • πŸ† Accepted at UVA

πŸ”Ž Initial Assessment

Sanjay had applied the previous cycle and been accepted to GW and Fordham with substantial scholarships. During the year since applying, he had taken the LSAT two more times (for a total of five attempts), ultimately raising his score from 155 to a whopping 170. This made him determined to take another crack at the T-14, despite having a GPA well below their 25th percentiles.

A phone call with Sanjay revealed that he was not only a finance whiz, but a funny and down-to-earth guy. His low GPA had been due, in large part, to a debilitating skin condition that struck him at the beginning of college. The resulting social anxiety caused him to miss classes frequently during his first and second years. Sanjay saved up enough money to begin a new treatment regimen, and by the fall of his third year, he was earning good grades.

Our task, then, was to convince the admissions committee at a T-14 school that his GPA didn’t reflect his ability to succeed in law school, and that Sanjay was so smart, ambitious, and congenial that they simply could not turn him down. We developed a three-part strategy:

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Welcome to Law School Success Stories, where we discuss 7Sage applicants who made the most of their GPA and LSAT score.

πŸ‘€ Who: β€œSarah,” an applicant who grew up in China and moved to the United States for college.

  • πŸ“ˆ LSAT: 169
  • πŸ“‰ GPA: 3.33

Results:

  • πŸ† Accepted at the University of Michigan Law
  • πŸ’΅ $35,000 merit scholarship

πŸ₯… Goals and Strategy

Sarah knew she wanted to take her law degree back to China, and the cachet of a T-14 school was important to her. Her parents, however, had a limited ability to pay for her education, and as a Chinese citizen, she wasn’t eligible for federal loans, so she was also hoping for a merit scholarship. Continue reading

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Welcome to Law School Success Stories, where we discuss 7Sage applicants who made the most of their GPA and LSAT score. Please note that we changed certain details to protect this applicant’s anonymity, but we did not change his numbers or results.

πŸ‘€ Who: β€œNeil,” a recent college grad of Southeast Asian descent

  • πŸ“‰ LSAT: Under 149
  • πŸ“ˆ GPA: Over 3.8
  • πŸ—ž Two-year rΓ©sumΓ© gap

Results

  • πŸ† Accepted at a T-14 school
  • ✍️ Handwritten note from the dean: "I loved your essays" (and more)

🌘 The Strategy: A Shot at the Moon

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Welcome to Law School Success Stories, where we discuss 7Sage applicants who made the most of their GPA and LSAT score.

πŸ‘€ Who: β€œMark,” a Caucasian male in his mid-forties switching careers from the trucking industry

  • πŸ“‰ LSAT: 166
  • πŸ“ˆ GPA: 3.9

Results:

  • πŸ† Accepted at Northwestern
  • πŸ’΅ Significant merit scholarship

🚚 Starting the Journey

Mark worked in the trucking industry for twenty years before he began a new kind of long-haul journey toward his JD. He didn’t know any law school applicants beyond the 7Sage community and had no idea where to begin.

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