Canadian school's GPA !

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tianyuanlaw
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Canadian school's GPA !

Postby tianyuanlaw » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:43 pm

I'm from the University of Toronto in Canada, and considering about law school in America.
Since the GPA and grades are different here from the States, so I don't know what I should expect with my GPA, and whether I should take others' GPA in the forum as references.
I'm expecting a 3.2 GPA when I'll apply this winter, this is already worse than lower 25% for most law schools.
However, for my school, with this GPA, I could graduate with Distinction already. So I think this would be top20% in my graduating class.
(since at U of Toronto, the average mark of a course is restricted to C or C+ mostly, i.e. 2.0-2.3 GPA)
So, how would US law school admission treat Canadian GPA?
Thank you.

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curiouscat
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Re: Canadian school's GPA !

Postby curiouscat » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:04 am

You don't have much to worry about here, your GPA will be converted by LSAC into their own standardized GPA calculation and you'll be on the same boat as the candidates south of the border. Input your grades into one of those LSAC GPA calculators (e.g. http://www.lawpad.com/gpa_calculator/) and you'll see what your can probably expect to work with. Because of some of UofT's grading policies, you might actually see an increase when you get your LSAC GPA (I know I did :D)

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Re: Canadian school's GPA !

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:55 am

Hello fellow UofT graduate.

Unfortunately, American law schools don't distinguish Canadian GPA.

Unless you have a lot of A+ and B+ (which counts as 4.33 and 3.33 instead of a 4.0 and 3.3), chances are your LSAC GPA will be around 3.2 as well.

Whether they take UofT's harsh curve into account is unknown, but I wouldn't bank on it, as my numbers played out exactly the way they were suppose to last year.

Better get that LSAT score as high as possible.




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