JohnstonMMM wrote:I never said "ignore" and never said "completely disregard"... The failing grades are there on the transcript for everyone to see, and they do not go away. No doubt this would count against an applicant when the admissions council looks at the transcript... But to count all those grades into one of the two main criteria that determine your chances of acceptance is ludicrous... How can you have 2 or 3 grades factoring into your gpa from one class? You retake stuff for a reason...
Compare this with someone taking an LSAT cold, with no plans of going to law school, in their freshman year of college and getting a 120... Then 5 years later, they take it for real and score a 170. Is their reported LSAT score now 145???
what about the people who went to colleges that dont let you retake grades? see, unlike the LSAT, this option is not available to everyone. and LSAT scores usually only last 5 yrs max...GPAs tend to also matter less over time (ie if you've been working for 5 yrs, they care less about your GPA). and retaking a course sets you up to get a higher grade...i mean, you're RETAKING the material. if it didnt have a strong enough penalty, hell, it could be argued that it RAISED your LSDAS GPA to retake courses in certain situations, and since your LSDAS GPA is law schools report for rankings, then it'd be a boost to applications.
like someone else said above, while the +/- aspect of the LSDAS GPA is debatable...this is pretty clear cut.
plenty of ppl DIDNT screw up and worked hard early on in college.