Intro course on a transcript

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Intro course on a transcript

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:50 am

Question: for some reason my school has an intro course where we receive a letter grade, not the normal pass fail, on our transcripts. The course is 2 credits and frankly a load of crap. The curve is so tight as they want kids to be encouraged so even to get an A- is an unusual feat. I got a B+, and it's my only B range score all 1L. My overall gpa now is a 3.888 and not a 3.94 if that score weren't included. How will schools view this? Should
I write an addendum explaining this?

Thanks guys!

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby Geist13 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:58 am

Anonymous User wrote:Question: for some reason my school has an intro course where we receive a letter grade, not the normal pass fail, on our transcripts. The course is 2 credits and frankly a load of crap. The curve is so tight as they want kids to be encouraged so even to get an A- is an unusual feat. I got a B+, and it's my only B range score all 1L. My overall gpa now is a 3.888 and not a 3.94 if that score weren't included. How will schools view this? Should
I write an addendum explaining this?

Thanks guys!


No you'll come off as a major douche (don't write addendums to employers, dude). Plus since everyone in the school takes the class, the playing field is level and everyone could write the same addendum.

You didn't do well enough to beat the curve in one class, it happens.

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby psach44 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:54 am

I hear you. Not sure I'd come off as a "dousche". Plus,
No it isn't even playing field as not all schools are given a letter grade.

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby RodneyRuxin » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:36 am

Geist13 wrote: (don't write addendums to employers, dude).


This is the transfer forum, breh

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby Geist13 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:59 am

RodneyRuxin wrote:
Geist13 wrote: (don't write addendums to employers, dude).


This is the transfer forum, breh



My B. disregard everything I said. Have no clue about transferring.

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby psach44 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:01 am

Aright, now that that's settled---

Does anyone know if there is anything appropriate/non-douchey to say for a TRANSFER?

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby 2013Transfer » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:03 am

psach44 wrote:Aright, now that that's settled---

Does anyone know if there is anything appropriate/non-douchey to say for a TRANSFER?


How much did this change your rank? Was it a significant drop from fall to spring?

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby maximator » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:16 am

Anonymous User wrote:Question: for some reason my school has an intro course where we receive a letter grade, not the normal pass fail, on our transcripts.


I'm unclear about the above. Does your school not use letter grades at all? Or do you mean that most schools would use pass/fail for an intro course of this kind.

I really don't know how you could write anything that doesn't sound like complaining about the curve. A 3.88 is still a great GPA. I think you would only weaken your application by writing some kind of addendum.

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:18 am

Really?? First of all, it's common for schools actually to grade these courses. Second, it's your only B range grade and you want to write an addendum? That would be for a significant outlier. Getting a B+ along with all A-range grades is not a significant outlier. Writing an addendum will only suggest that it's UNTHINKABLE for you to get a B-range grade, which yes, will make you look like a douche.

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby psach44 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:28 am

1. I believe many kids write addendum addressing these issues. While it might be a reach to call it an "outlier" it is still different. I could understand how it might come off douchey, but I think if it is written properly explaining the object and uniqueness of the class then it might be explainable. In the end, the class's purpose is to introduce the students to legal analysis while awarding grades that are neither too encouraging nor too discouraging.

2. I am not aware of the other schools that don't have just the normal P/F. I might be incorrect though...

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby psach44 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:29 am

In terms of rank, we do not get exact numbers, just percentage. But, numerically, I would go from a 3.888 to a 3.94

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:33 am

I don't know of anyone writing an addendum to explain a B+ or any grade where there isn't an explanation other than "the course is crap and the curve is too tight" - addenda usually explain significant personal circumstances that explain why something is an outlier. You haven't mentioned anything about your life that caused you difficulties in performing more successfully in the class. Therefore, why would you write an addendum?

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby psach44 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:37 am

I actually just spoke with a rep from Harvard admissions and she said that kids do it all the time...

Listen, it's non-essential; I don't have to. Was just wondering...

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:38 am

Whether students do it all the time doesn't answer whether it's a good idea. But you know best what will work for you, so good luck with the transfer.

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:15 am

Thanks, good sir.

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Re: Intro course on a transcript

Postby shock259 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:29 pm

If you have a compelling reason, I guess it couldn't hurt. But if you don't and try to bullshit it, it'll probably hurt your application.

For the record, shitty class + tight curve is not a compelling reason. Your brother dying a week before finals + your apartment flooding and losing all yours notes might be a compelling reason.




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