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maxwell400
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Application GPA Questions

Postby maxwell400 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:16 pm

On the application form, when entering your education and your major, there's a box to input your GPA. I have a couple questions about what I'm supposed to enter here.

1. Is this the GPA given to me by my undergraduate institution, or the GPA calculated from my grades by LSAC?

2. How does the LSAC calculate your GPA based off of letter grades?

3. Do you ever report your in-major GPA, or just your overall undergraduate GPA?

Thank you!

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dproduct
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Re: Application GPA Questions

Postby dproduct » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:24 pm

It should be your LSAC GPA:

http://www.lsac.org/policies/transcript ... zation.asp

http://www.lsac.org/jd/apply/cas-reques ... cripts.asp

If you already submitted your transcripts, you can view your Academic Summary report and find out what your class rank was and your LSAC GPA.

If not, you can calculate yourself here (it matched up with mine correctly):

http://www.lawpad.com/gpa_calculator/

As to Question 3, perhaps. Let's say your major GPA is flawless (4.0+) but your GE's are less than stellar, you may want to mention that in your essay or something about an upward trend etc. etc. but your LSAC GPA is really the only thing that matters.

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Re: Application GPA Questions

Postby maxwell400 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:32 pm

Thanks so much for the information.

If my school doesn't rank its students, should I fill that box in as "N/A", or just leave it empty?

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Re: Application GPA Questions

Postby dproduct » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:47 pm

maxwell400 wrote:Thanks so much for the information.

If my school doesn't rank its students, should I fill that box in as "N/A", or just leave it empty?


Definitely. I mean, my ugrad didn't rank either (aside from the obvious group rankings and honors), but LSAC revealed my ranking. It may appear like mine did.

Otherwise, N/A is fine.




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