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    Hi Everyone,

    I’m 41 and considering Law School. My GPA as an undergrad in
    Electrical Engineering, 20 years ago, was a 2.6. I had a couple of
    very bad semesters. I think I was on probation after both, but
    because they weren’t consecutive, I wasn’t suspended.
    I had some good semesters too, but my record was definitely spotty.

    I’ve had a successful career as a programmer, and I’m almost done
    with a Certified Financial Planner(CFP)certificate program. The
    Estate Planning course that’s part of the CFP certificate sparked
    an interest in Law.

    I think I have a decent chance at doing well on the LSAT, and I’m
    wondering if anyone has been able to compensate for poor grades with
    a high LSAT score. I don’t need to go to a top law school. I’m not
    looking to join a big law firm after finishing school. I have very
    specific goals – I’m really pursuing the degree so I can do Esate
    Planning as a CFP without worrying about practicing law without a


    Hi gjs and welcome to Admissions Boards!

    I am not an expert but I believe that because your undergraduate GPA was something you accomplished so long ago it might not be as significant of a factor as you think. You are going to have to demonstrate to the admissions committee that this is no longer a reflection of your true academic abilities and one of the ways this can be done is with the LSAT. You might even consider writing an addendum regarding your undergraduate GPA once you apply.

    Best of luck!


    Thanks very much for the response.

    I’m going to do some preparation for the LSAT and see
    how well I do on the practice exams. If it seems like
    I’ll be able to get a high score, I’m going to commit
    to at least taking the exam and applying to some schools.


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