Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

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Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Steve2207 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:18 am

It looks like I am going to get a D in a freshman level elective course; all because the teacher is a dick and makes getting a good grade nearly impossible for any student. A “D” in an elective is still passing at my school, so it will not prevent me from obtaining my degree, but will this affect my admission or scholarship offer from law school? I have already paid my seat deposit and arranged to relocate, I would hate for this to screw me out of beginning law school.

I have never made anything less than a B, so I am very disappointed and concerned about this. But, I will need a nearly perfect score on the final next week just to get a C, and I dont think that is very likely.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Steve2207 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:06 pm

So is the lack of activity on this thread a sign that nobody knows the answer? Or, is it that I am clearly screwed.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Young Marino » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:11 pm

Steve2207 wrote:So is the lack of activity on this thread a sign that nobody knows the answer? Or, is it that I am clearly screwed.


I think you're fine if you already paid the seat deposit. Maybe you want to call the institution to be absolutely sure?

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Steve2207 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:23 pm

I plan to call them, but I want to wait and see what the final grade comes out to. I think this douchebag teacher may decide to apply a curve to his grades; I have the second highest grade in the class at a 66%, and I am thinking that failing every student in the class may raise some eyebrows.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Young Marino » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:24 pm

Did they admit you on a conditional basis to where gpa can't go down or this particular class has to be passed? If not, you should be fine

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Steve2207 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:30 pm

ALeal90 wrote:Did they admit you on a conditional basis to where gpa can't go down or this particular class has to be passed? If not, you should be fine


The only stipulation to my law school scholarship is that I remain a full-time student in good standing within their law program.
This grade will drop my undergrad GPA I am sure, but I am not sure if that will matter or not to the law school, nothing about GPA was mentioned in my admission letter.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby BullShitWithBravado » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:32 pm

Can you speak with an academic dean at your school, explain the situation, and see if you can withdraw from the class?

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Steve2207 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:37 pm

BullShitWithBravado wrote:Can you speak with an academic dean at your school, explain the situation, and see if you can withdraw from the class?


If I withdraw from the class, I will be an elective short and therefore will not receive my degree. I think it would be best to just take the “D”, so long as it won’t matter to the law school.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby NewYorkL » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:42 pm

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:50 pm

Ask the law school...

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Winston1984 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:38 pm

Dude, unless you make all A's your last semester, all law schools automatically change your admission decision to deny. Seriously though, why are you asking this? No school gives a shit if you made a D your last semester after you have been accepted and paid a deposit. Unless it drops your gpa significantly (which I doubt) you are fine.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Steve2207 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:24 am

I e-mailed the teacher today and told him about my situation. (I felt it was necessary to let him know I am actually a senior and that I have already been accepted into law school for next semester) , he said sometimes he gives students “the benefit of the doubt” with final grades, so I am hoping that translates to he will give me a decent grade even though my percentage is low.

I think there is a very good chance that if I hadn’t told him that, he would have gave me the D and just assumed I was some freshman that would retake next semester! In fact, I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will not give me the D anyway.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Clearly » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:32 am

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby senorhosh » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:46 am

Steve2207 wrote:I plan to call them, but I want to wait and see what the final grade comes out to. I think this douchebag teacher may decide to apply a curve to his grades; I have the second highest grade in the class at a 66%, and I am thinking that failing every student in the class may raise some eyebrows.


Lol 4 years of UG and you haven't learned?

There will be a curve.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby heywatchitbuddy » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:54 am

senorhosh wrote:
Steve2207 wrote:I plan to call them, but I want to wait and see what the final grade comes out to. I think this douchebag teacher may decide to apply a curve to his grades; I have the second highest grade in the class at a 66%, and I am thinking that failing every student in the class may raise some eyebrows.


Lol 4 years of UG and you haven't learned?

There will be a curve.


this. OP will probably get an A if he's the second highest...

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby lawschoolwoohoo » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:35 am

You could also see if you could get out of the class before grades come out and see if your UG has a program where you can take one or two last credits over the summer, but still walk at graduation. My school does that. You could just sign up for an easier elective and knock it out over the summer before law school if you're concerned.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Lumieres » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:31 am

Get As in all of your other classes so your GPA doesn't take a hit.

Law Schools expect your GPA to remain the same, or increase, from the GPA in your LS application.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby IAFG » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:35 am

I am glad so many TLSers are experts on UG grading schemes. Jackasses.

OP, do not update your grades to LSAC unless the school demands that you do.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Lumieres » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:06 pm

Op needs to end up sending a final transcript though before classes start.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby IAFG » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:18 pm

Lumieres wrote:Op needs to end up sending a final transcript though before classes start.

UVA has, in the past, had students just never update LSAC. Pretty sure it isn't required.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby bp shinners » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:10 pm

IAFG wrote:
Lumieres wrote:Op needs to end up sending a final transcript though before classes start.

UVA has, in the past, had students just never update LSAC. Pretty sure it isn't required.


LSAC does, in fact, require that you update them with any new grade information. They may not enforce it, but it is required. And I'm sure UVA has had that happen, but all law schools require an updated transcript before you start your enrollment. Again, it might not be universally enforced, but it's technically required.

And to Lumieres: Law schools won't really care if your GPA takes a bit of a hit. They might expect your GPA to stay the same or increase, but they won't bat an eye if it decreases (unless you start failing classes). No need to worry the OP - he will probably be fine even if his GPA dips a bit.

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby Clearly » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:29 pm

Try switching to pass/fail...

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby 09042014 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:53 pm

Steve2207 wrote:I plan to call them, but I want to wait and see what the final grade comes out to. I think this douchebag teacher may decide to apply a curve to his grades; I have the second highest grade in the class at a 66%, and I am thinking that failing every student in the class may raise some eyebrows.


1) How do you know you are the second highest at 66%

2) How do you know 66% = D?

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Re: Will a “D” affect my law school admission offer?

Postby 09042014 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:59 pm

If it's your only poor grade, it won't hurt your GPA that much. I got into a bunch of law schools with a D+.




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