3.5 with F letter grade

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3.5 with F letter grade

Postby insd » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:00 pm

Hello,

I've been following TLS intensively for about 2 months now after learning more about the application process from an informational session at my school.

My question is in regards to the effect that my particular grade situation will have on my chances at getting into a law school.

So I started off college with a 3.2 in my first semester, and every semester since then, it has risen, reaching my 5th semester gpa of 3.81. The problem is that this semester, I'm taking intermediate accounting and I am not doing so well. I expect that I will receive a D in the class. I'm currently an Accounting major, but will be switching to finance after this semester. I don't have any reasonable excuse to be included in an addendum, so I was wondering how detrimental will this D letter grade be, if I have a 3.5 cumulative GPA at application time. I'm worried that they'll see my GPA upward trend and then wonder why it declined at such a late semester in my college career.

My reach school is Berkeley, but I have read that they are unusual in that they give more weight to GPA than to the LSAT. I am also interested in USC, UCLA, NYU, and Hawaii (I'm from Hawaii).

I'm a fairly good test-taker, and I don't know what I would score, but I will be studying intensively for the LSAT. (Cold diagnostic at 159)

Any and all help is much appreciated! :D

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby dowu » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:05 pm

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby insd » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:09 pm

Thanks! I was just concerned about how much weight is given to individual letter grades as opposed to my GPA as a whole. I have around a 3.6 right now so after the D, it should go down to around 3.5. Just gotta raise it before admissions time I guess!

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby dowu » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:20 pm

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby insd » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:23 pm

Yeah, I'll look into that. I think it may be too late in the semester, but I'll try talking with my advisors and professor as to my options.

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby Ludo! » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:25 pm

Individual grades don't matter, just the cumulative GPA. Can you switch the class to pass/fail?

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby insd » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:27 pm

I'm not sure about switching it, as I've never received such a low grade before :( . A fail on a pass/fail system wouldn't look as bad though?

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby Ludo! » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:29 pm

Well I meant switch and then try to get at least a D or C- or whatever will get you a pass at your school. If you're 100% going to fail then it doesn't really matter

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Re: 3.5 with F letter grade

Postby insd » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:32 pm

I see. Yeah, this class has conditioned me to expect the worst... Just gotta check out all of my options I guess.




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