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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby HonestAdvice » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:48 pm

I think I'd keep it so as to not have a red flag, and as a check against regression to the mean, which is common.

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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:13 pm

HonestAdvice wrote:I think I'd keep it so as to not have a red flag, and as a check against regression to the mean, which is common.



That was sort of what I am leaning towards, the slightly better GPA isn't any risk of raising a red flag.

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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby sflyr2016 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:28 pm

I'd keep the A- to not use up those valuable pass-fail credits that you'll need as a 3l but can't have too many of if you want coif. That's a solid A- in the bag.

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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby HonestAdvice » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:38 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
HonestAdvice wrote:I think I'd keep it so as to not have a red flag, and as a check against regression to the mean, which is common.



That was sort of what I am leaning towards, the slightly better GPA isn't any risk of raising a red flag.

I didn't have those grades. It's more the fact that you'd be in good shape even if you had all A-'s. It's conceivable your options will be the same with a 3.9 as they'd be with a 3.7. If you're obsessive, which you probably are, maybe experiment with how much getting a B would screw you with the A- versus without it, etc. At most schools the 3.7 will be the cut off for the highest latin honors so any A- is valuable, because you're eating credits while staying above that 3.7 mark.

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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:46 pm

sflyr2016 wrote:I'd keep the A- to not use up those valuable pass-fail credits that you'll need as a 3l but can't have too many of if you want coif. That's a solid A- in the bag.


I hadn't really thought about the aspect of using up too many pass/fail credits. I couldn't find any limit at Penn, is it just an informal idea that you don't want too many?

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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:52 pm

HonestAdvice wrote:
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HonestAdvice wrote:I think I'd keep it so as to not have a red flag, and as a check against regression to the mean, which is common.



That was sort of what I am leaning towards, the slightly better GPA isn't any risk of raising a red flag.

I didn't have those grades. It's more the fact that you'd be in good shape even if you had all A-'s. It's conceivable your options will be the same with a 3.9 as they'd be with a 3.7. If you're obsessive, which you probably are, maybe experiment with how much getting a B would screw you with the A- versus without it, etc. At most schools the 3.7 will be the cut off for the highest latin honors so any A- is valuable, because you're eating credits while staying above that 3.7 mark.


That's a good point. My mindset has been really focused on just applying for clerkships and firms this summer basically. But I guess it is a good thing to have once I get more lazy later on.

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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby sflyr2016 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:00 pm

I didn't go to penn. But to be eligible for order of the coif at my school, you couldn't take more than a certain amount of pass-fail credits. Find out what the policy is at penn. if there is a limit, then that's just more reason to keep the A-.

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Re: Retroactively take a few pass or keep grade

Postby sflyr2016 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote: I guess it is a good thing to have once I get more lazy later on.


Yes. And you will. Don't underestimate 3lol.

Also, you're in very good shape for a clerkship -- with or without the A-.



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