cigrainger wrote:Just from people on TLS who are conveying past wisdom, and from someone who applied twice with a 2:1.
It makes a lot of sense though, with the way admissions works. We don't have a lot of data points, so I'd just apply where you want to apply, but think about it. Soft factors don't make big differences in admissions decisions. They just let adcoms differentiate between similar numbers. If you don't have a GPA, your degree rating has no effect on their GPA medians. Your LSAT does. Your LSAT becomes the single biggest factor. Your above average or superior becomes a soft factor that goes with all your other soft factors, which have suddenly jumped in importance a little.
As an "international" (non-US/Canada school) who went through an application cycle last year, I can attest to this. I have a GPA in the 3.86-3.89 range as my undergrad used a 4.0 based grading scale. LSAC still went ahead and converted it to a 1.15/1.00 and a rating of Superior. I got into all but one of the schools I applied to (T-15 to T25 range) where my LSAT score was at or above median, got into exactly one school where I was 1 point below the LSAT median (T12-T15 range), and got dinged at the rest of the schools where my LSAT was below median (T-6 to T10 range). It didn't seem like my GPA made a difference at all.
On the other hand, I think my GPA made a world of difference in terms of scholarship awards. In the schools I did get into, my scholarship awards were substantially higher than a lot of admits whose LSAT scores were much higher than mine, but who had lower GPA's on a comparable scale.
Will be retaking the LSAT in about 2 weeks and I'm pretty optimistic that this cycle will go a lot better for me.