How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

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jtabustos
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How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

Postby jtabustos » Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:25 am

Since they are on different scales and also have different percentiles, I'm wondering what the relationship is between GPA pts. and LSAT pts. In other words, if you GPA dropped from 3.5 to 3.2, what would that corresponding drop in LSAT be like (e.g., 166 to a 156)?

Hopefully I'm making sense. If not, let me know and I'll try to clarify. But thanks in advance!

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Re: How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

Postby Balthy » Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:57 am

Do you mean in terms of admissions? As in, say, a .1 point drop in your GPA is equivalent to a 2 point drop in your LSAT score when it comes to which schools will accept you?

If so, the ratio will vary across law schools and across score/gpa segments and segment combinations. The answer would not only be very complicated, but probably impossible to ascertain.

Just mess with lawschoolpredictor or mylsn to get a sense.

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Re: How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:00 am

Theoretically you can look at the index formula for each school (available as one big list on LSAC somewhere) and see how they SAY they weigh GPA and LSAT, but in reality it's too subjective and random to calculate.

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Re: How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

Postby RhymesLikeDimes » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:52 am

I'll set this up in terms of elite schools, since it really depends on where you're talking about; not all GPA and LSAT ranges are created equal. Dropping from a 3.9 to a 3.8 doesn't mean much, neither does 179 to 177. For GPA, there is basically 3.7-4.0, 3.4-3.6, and 3.0-3.3. Within those ranges, movement isn't all that important. For LSAT, it's more like 176-180, 172-175, <172. Certain one or two point jumps/drops are a big deal. But, those that occur within the same range are fairly meaningless. For your app: if a 180 gets you Yale, a 177 will too. If a 3.91 gets you Columbia, a 3.75 will too. So, while there is certainly a general trend, you aren't going to find any strict linear correlation.

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Re: How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

Postby BlueJeanBaby » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:14 am

My friend and I were actually talking about this the other day. Say someone with a 3.5/164 has a better index score than a 3.1/165, a school with an LSAT median of 165 is more likely to admit the 165 because it helps to maintain one of their medians, while the "better index score" 164 doesn't.

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Re: How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

Postby RhymesLikeDimes » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:30 am

That's sort of what I was trying to touch on. If a school's 75th percentile is 3.7, a 4.0 isn't doing you any better than a 3.8. By that same token, if the median is a 3.7 and the 75th is a 3.9, a 3.85 doesn't really do you anymore good than a 3.75. The only jumps that really matter are those at the benchmarks for each school (3.75 median -> a 3.8 is significantly better for you than a 3.7).

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Re: How Many GPA points Correspond with LSAT points?

Postby sinfiery » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:27 am

3.9 - 4.3333 = 175 - 180
3.8-3.89 = 171-174
3.6-3.79 = 168-170



It matters a lot actually at the higher ranked schools because medians/75% are so damn high for GPA (except at NYU/cls)




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