GPA Addendum Question

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
mes2010
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:21 pm

GPA Addendum Question

Postby mes2010 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:46 am

So I already submitted my applications, but I am debating if I should add a GPA Addendum.

Let me explain.

I am a Double Major in my undergrad and when LSAC calculates your major GPA, they calculate it with both majors. However, my primary major GPA is a 3.96, while my secondary major GPA is like a 2.9. This caused my LSAC Major GPA to be a 3.24 and my overall GPA to be a 3.25.

I was wondering if it is stupid to write a GPA Addendum pointing out this difference. Specifically, in my primary GPA I have received straight As (only one B) and in any class related to law, including those taught by law professors, I have received As. I just think it's something that isn't noticeable on my LSAC report that might help if I point it out.

However, the only way I could see myself explaining it is simply how I found out later in my college career that one major was more for me than the other.

User avatar
chadwick218
Posts: 1337
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:15 pm

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby chadwick218 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:47 am

You can certainly add an addendum, but I am not sure how much it will help ... your GPA is your GPA!

mes2010
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:21 pm

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby mes2010 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:59 am

When I go onto a LSAC Gpa calculator it comes out as:

Primary Major: 3.81
Secondary: 3.0

rocaveli
Posts: 24
Joined: Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:47 pm

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby rocaveli » Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:20 pm

If you can write well I would 100% add a brief addendum.

b.j.
Posts: 285
Joined: Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:06 am

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby b.j. » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:18 pm

chadwick218 wrote:You can certainly add an addendum, but I am not sure how much it will help ... your GPA is your GPA!



Yes, but if there's a clear reason for something, why would it hurt to explain what that reason is? My major GPA is okay, but my overall GPA is terrible because I was a declared math major for a while while I took a bunch of econ classes and one public health-style bio class that I did moderately well to terribly in. The break is clear from scanning my transcript for more than ten seconds, as I am sure it is for most people in similar boats, but why not try to make them think, "Well, it would be a little higher if _____, and he does have a good LSAT score, so he's not an auto-reject," or something along those lines?

ashleigh
Posts: 32
Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:07 pm

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby ashleigh » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:39 pm

I was in the same boat with this, had one major that wasn't very nice to me and another that was....

I had to mention medical things in my addendum so I turned to my resume to try to highlight the different majors/very different GPA issue. under the education section, I had an extra line to put both majors' GPA's under the cumulative.

since you've already submitted and haven't included an addendum though, I would think its worth adding (if you can write a good one, as the poster above mentioned).

nicksmurf
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:03 pm

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby nicksmurf » Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:22 am

Wait, I thought your major GPA doesn't matter.

mes2010
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:21 pm

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby mes2010 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:24 pm

I was looking at my LSAC report and noticed that my GPA also goes:

1st year: 2.96
2nd year: 3.31
3rd year: 3.47
First semester this year: 3.6

Should I write an addendum to law schools concerning this combined with the stuff about my majors?

mes2010
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:21 pm

Re: GPA Addendum Question

Postby mes2010 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:29 pm

I'll also add in that there is a legitimate reason for why my GPA was like that.




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Why???, Yahoo [Bot] and 6 guests