danconstan wrote:Regarding the importance of your undegraduate institution...Several years ago I had the privalege of seeing a copy of a document used by a top professional school to weigh the GPA of its applicants for internal admissions purposes. It was a list of schools grouped into multiple tiers. The top tier (about 15 schools) had 0.6 added to the GPA. The bottom tier had 0.4 or 0.6 (don't remember exactly) subtracted from their GPA. Thus a 3.0 at Harvard (obviously in the top group) was regarded as a 3.6, whereas a 3.0 at "X" College in the bottom tier was regarded as a 2.4 or a 2.6. I remember being very surprised at how drastic the differences were!
No offense, but that is incredibly doubtful. Regardless of what schools "feel" concerning your GPA, ultimately they would have to report a 3.0 to LSAC and USNews, and GPA differences weigh quite a bit more heavily in ranking than even the LSAT. I could imagine them maybe bumping certain schools like Swat, Chicago, etc. up .1/.2, but Harvard and the like are already known for an easier grading system, so why on earth would they get even more of a bump. Moreover, many lower schools (particularly state schools) are known for a harder grading system.