Transcripts from after Undergrad

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Transcripts from after Undergrad

Postby drlreed » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:41 pm

So here's the tale:

I am currently in my second year of teaching through Teach for America. As part of my certification requirements through the program I have some coursework at the graduate level as a non-degree seeking student through various institutions. Because I have been working full-time (as a new teacher in a challenging context, no less) these are grades that I wouldn't exactly say I am proud of (2-3 Bs and potentially a C depending on how the end of this semester goes). I am potentially planning on heading to law school sometime in the next 2-4 years.

I know that these grades will NOT be included in my GPA calculation from LSAC, but that they WILL forward copies of all those transcripts along with my application, so schools will be able to see them. I had a strong undergraduate GPA, so I recognize that these additional grades could lead someone to infer an unflattering trend in my academic success.

To what degree will those additional transcripts and grades factor into admissions decisions? I will be applying to a slew of very selective schools.

For additional context:
Undergraduate GPA: 3.84 as calculated by LSAC
LSAT score: 172



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Re: Transcripts from after Undergrad

Postby Platopus » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:39 pm

I think you are probably fine. Most adcomms will be able to read between the lines a bit and discern that these courses probably didn't get your full effort. Would it have been better if you aced them? Probably. But it's still going to come down to LSAC GPA and LSAT, both of which make you very competitive.

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Re: Transcripts from after Undergrad

Postby rpupkin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:45 pm

It's a slight negative soft that could hurt you at YLS, but you probably weren't getting in there anyway with a 3.84/172. SLS might care a little, but it probably won't affect your chances there. HLS won't care. No other school will care.

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