Helioze wrote:KarenButtenbaum wrote:jetsfan1 wrote:Hey all,
I was just looking over my academic summary report and was wondering about the average LSAT/GPA they show for each school. Since you guys have all seen thousands of these I was wondering what you would consider a high average LSAT? What is the average average GPA? What type of average GPA would indicate grade inflation? What would indicate grade deflation? Thanks again, you guys are the best
Keep in mind that this GPA is based on the number of students applying to law school, so it is somewhat self-selected group and may not reflect the school's average GPA for everyone in the school. I can't really remember the LSAT, and quite frankly that matters less on this type of comparison.
As far as GPA, in my experience, this number has gone up over the years (indicating grade inflation), but there are a few standouts in my mind. The average GPA (also known as GCM) also comes with a rank where the applicant stands in relation to her college peers who are also applying to law school, so the GPA alone doesn't help as much as both numbers together. I don't remember exact numbers, but Harvard had a very high average GPA but Princeton's was lower, reflecting their stance against grade inflation. The lowest average that I remember are from the military academies: West Point, Annapolis, etc.
To illustrate what I mean (and I really don't remember the numbers, so this is NOT accurate - just for illustration) a West Point graduate with a 3.5 is likely to be around the 75th or 80th percentile and West Point has around a 3.2 GCM. A Harvard graduate with a 3.5 is likely to be in the 35th or 40th percentile and Harvard has a 3.6 GCM.
I am not sure that I've answered your question, but you might find that interesting - I do!
Where would someone be able to view this GCM data?
It is on the Transcript Analysis section of your Academic Summary Report that you get from LSAC. Look for "GPA College Mean"