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Grad School with low undergraduate grades?

BrotherVoodooBrotherVoodoo Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I have had multiple problems as an undergrad including stress, anxiety and physical sickness that have painted a rather unfortunate picture of my ability and desire to do well in school. I'm not bottom of the barrel but I'm sub 3.0. I wasn't partying all the time or just being an idiot, I just struggled with a lot of problems, most of which I have been doing much better at dealing with.

Eventually within the next few years I would like to go to Grad school. Most likely to get an MBA but I have thought about getting a law degree as well. My biggest concern is, can I do this due to my grades? The one thing I have going for me is that I believe I will be able to do well on the GMAT and LSAT. Additionally while my work history isn't incredibly impressive, I have a history volunteering for various organizations including as basketball coach and the human society, I know sometimes that can help as well.

So ultimately what I'm asking is, what are my options assuming I an do well on entrance exams despite my grades?

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    You don't just get a law degree for kicks, but assuming you do want to go to law school, check Law School Numbers and the person at your undergrad school who is in charge of admissions for charts that basically tell you where you will get in and where you won't based on your GPA/LSAT.

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  • RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    For the business school route, getting a management position somewhere for a couple years will go a long way towards making your low GPA less important. Same goes for law school, to a certain extent.

  • BrotherVoodooBrotherVoodoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Yeah, my biggest problem is trying to find something that will give me the type of experience that will look good right now as no one is hiring. I have some things I'm looking at that would really help if I could make them happen, but with hundreds of candidates for everything its getting hard.

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  • Mithrandir86Mithrandir86 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Do you have documentation for these things? A letter from a Doctor, stuff from the accessibility service at your University, these things can help.

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  • oldsakoldsak Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't know about Business School, but for Law School a good LSAT is more important than good grades (not that grades are irrelevant).

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  • variantvariant Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Around 3.0 will get you in to the bottom end of the top 50 law schools *with a good LSAT*, so go work hard on that.

    I have a friend that got in to Loyola with a 3.06 and a friend that got in to USC with a 3.1

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  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    If you want to suel MBA/JD you sure as hell better nail the LSAT and get some kick ass experience if your GPA is below a 3.0. That duel program is intense and they don't want people to come in who don't look strong enough to handle it.

    Even if you go straight MBA unless you're aiming at lower schools you need a great GMAT and experience to make up for a low GPA as well. Especially if you want some kind of fellowship or something to help pay tuition.

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