GPA vs study abroad

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GPA vs study abroad

Postby shane0515 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:35 pm

Hey guys,

I'm a AA male at Southern Cal and right now I have a 3.65 gpa. I was wondering if you thought it would be better or look better to law schools if I did study abroad and applied to law schools with my 3.65 gpa or if I should stay in school that semester and get my gpa up to a 3.7 and then apply?

I really need scholarship money as well and I was wondering what you think the best decision to take would be? Does studying abroad look better or does a 3.7 gpa look better?


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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby ConMan345 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:36 pm

Get the higher GPA.


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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby HyeMart » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:38 pm

im not inclined to believe .05 affects ones chances. but i don't think that studying abroad is worth much either.


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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby jml8756 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:51 pm

I think it depends on the study abroad program. If you "study abroad" in Australia or England, slack off and get a 2.0, law schools probably won't be too impressed. However, if you do a program that involves complete cultural and linguistic immersion, I think that's a pretty good experience to have even if you don't get as good of grades as you're used to. Plus, if it's a semester or less and your home institution doesn't count the credits in your GPA, I don't believe LSAC does either.

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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby Holly Golightly » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:53 pm

If study abroad is something you really want to do, do it. A .05 bump in your GPA definitely won't be worth it if you regret missing out on that opportunity.

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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby bloodonthetracks » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:55 pm

go abroad


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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby champ33 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:32 pm

Going abroad is worth more than a trade-off in GPA... i.e. something you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby quickquestionthanks » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:33 pm

Go abroad. Those who don't are missing out! Probably the best experience of my life.

My institution counted the abroad grades and I believe it helped my GPA.


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Re: GPA vs study abroad

Postby ppa840 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:38 pm

Go abroad. I had the best contiguous time of my life when I went abroad. Not to mention, the classes I took abroad did help my GPA out.

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