Will Post Grad Certificate Program Help Overcome Low GPA

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Will Post Grad Certificate Program Help Overcome Low GPA

Postby gangreen7788 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:05 pm

I have a slightly low GPA and am considering a year long post graduate certificate program, while working full time. Would this help offset my undergrad GPA at all?
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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby cinephile » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:07 pm

No, not if you've completed your first bachelor's.

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby TheWatch » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:10 pm

cinephile wrote:No, not if you've completed your first bachelor's.

truth

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby gangreen7788 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:11 pm

Then my follow up is, is it of any value to my application, or is it a soft factor, if anything?

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby TheWatch » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:12 pm

probably not

maybe if you perform really well you can get a LOR from a professor but I doubt that's worth it. You're better off getting a job.

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby puff0ffluff » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:20 pm

But having a post-graduate degree/ certification does improve your admissions chances =)

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby TheWatch » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:21 pm

unless it's from a prestigious program then no

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby gangreen7788 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:25 pm

Already have full time job in PR, cert would be in PR from nyu

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby cinephile » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:37 pm

gangreen7788 wrote:Then my follow up is, is it of any value to my application, or is it a soft factor, if anything?


If money isn't a concern and it's an intellectual pursuit of passion, then go for it for personal fulfillment.

Also, if this is a post-grad certificate in something that enhances career opportunities (like a post-grad certificate in occupational therapy), then it would give you other career paths to chose from if law isn't your thing.

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Rasie LSAC GPA

Postby gangreen7788 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:57 pm

cinephile wrote:
gangreen7788 wrote:Then my follow up is, is it of any value to my application, or is it a soft factor, if anything?


If money isn't a concern and it's an intellectual pursuit of passion, then go for it for personal fulfillment.

Also, if this is a post-grad certificate in something that enhances career opportunities (like a post-grad certificate in occupational therapy), then it would give you other career paths to chose from if law isn't your thing.


That is certainly an added benefit, but right now I'm thinking of this mostly in a context of Law School. Is it worth anything on an application?

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Re: Will Post Grad Certificate Program Help Overcome Low GPA

Postby cinephile » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:27 pm

^ If you're only doing it to increase your chances of getting into a good law school, then don't do it. The increased chance of acceptance would be small. Also, it'd probably be worth the same as just getting work experience as far as soft factors go.




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