How will a paralegal cert program affect my LSAC gpa?

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darkatillam2
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How will a paralegal cert program affect my LSAC gpa?

Postby darkatillam2 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:52 pm

I'm actually writing this for a friend, but I'm curious nonetheless. Two years at an UG, transferred to another UG school to finish the BA.

Then went to a state school to get a paralegal cert. The reason I ask is because the person in question had a 4.0 during the whole two year paralegal program, but had a considerably lower GPA during college to get the BA. Will the cert program offset the low GPA in anyway (and not just as a "soft" which will help the overall application. Will it make an actual numerical difference in the LSAC GPA)?

Thanks for anyone who can help me answer this question for my friend.

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Re: How will a paralegal cert program affect my LSAC gpa?

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:54 pm

Nope. Once your first bachelors degree is awarded, your LSDAS GPA is set in stone.

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Re: How will a paralegal cert program affect my LSAC gpa?

Postby vkgarrett » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:56 pm

I have a similar question, I am taking paralegal classes, just one or two to get some 'warm up' before law school - Should these be reported to LSAC?

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Re: How will a paralegal cert program affect my LSAC gpa?

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:09 pm

As rinkrat says, nothing after the first degree counts for LSAC GPA.

My guess is that a paralegal certificate would be a good soft outside the T14, especially with those grades, but either a detriment or no benefit at all for the lower T14, and a definite detriment for the T6.

vkgarrett wrote:I have a similar question, I am taking paralegal classes, just one or two to get some 'warm up' before law school - Should these be reported to LSAC?

Yes. From the LSAC website:

LSAC wrote:You must have a separate transcript sent to LSAC directly from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended in the United States, its territories, or Canada.




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