BizOwner wrote:I seek to pad because I don't want to be judged for who I was 12 years ago. I am a completely different student/person today and would like the opportunity to be evaluated thoroughly and not discarded because of grades I got when a lot of you were in elementary school.
I have this preconceived notion that any non-URM with a sub - 3.0 (barring any above 170s) gets put into a reject/waitlist pile immediately at the schools I am applying to (Top 20-40 in DC area).
Furthermore, the classes I am taking in CC to pad are law related such as legal writing, legal systems, legal research etc. They are taught by the State's Attorney and others in the SA office and will provide some background prior to law school. I think these classes show commitment to the law and the study thereof rather than exclusively padding.
I have some experience with this. Let me bore you to death for a minute:
When I was in HS, my mother made me take some CC classes to make me look better to colleges. I didn't give a shit and I got 2 Cs and a B. This translated to a 2.22 GPA.
I went to art school (it wasn't part of a larger university, it is a stand-alone college). At my school there were no grades for the overwhelming majority of courses (H/P/F), and the school did not create a GPA for any student, regardless of how many graded courses they took. I did well at my UG art school, earning honors (H) in H/P/F classes and As and B's in graded courses. If the school calculated my GPA, I would have had a 3.4something (not great but decent enough).
6 years later, after having some success as an artist and owning my own business, I decide that I want to be a lawyer. I take the LSAT and get a 170. LSAC does not compute a GPA for my undergrad, but it does compute the GPA from my 3 CC courses from HS. My LSAC GPA? 2.22
Here I am in February and the only schools that have accepted me are places where my LSAT is 5 or 6 points above the 75th%- because my LSAC GPA reads 2.22. Three CC courses in HS (10+ years old), have all but determined where I will be going to LS.
So yes, pad your GPA.
edited for grammar