Canadian GPA

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SK-90
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Canadian GPA

Postby SK-90 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:03 am

From what I gathered thus far, LSAC takes Canadian letter grades at face value and converts them into an LSAC GPA. I am enrolled at a Canadian university and have mostly A+'s, which converts to a 4.16 LSAC GPA. My transcript only lists the letter grades and no percentage equivalent. However, there is a conversion chart on the transcript that indicates that an A+ ranges from a 90 - 100, A ranges from a 84 - 89 and etc. I major in Business Law w/ minor in Business (it is an undergraduate degree similar to an American pre-law program).

I know instead of contemplating what it will turn out to be, I should just send my transcript to LSAC but I am holding off until I receive my year end grades. So for now I just want to know what to expect as far as how my grades will be treated.

However, let's say that I do receive a 4.0 GPA, will it valued the same compared to an American GPA of the same value? I mean I do not have a bogus major, it is quite competetive BUT my university does not rank students (so that hinders me to a certain extent). Overall, do American law schools "discriminate" against it's Canadian counterpart? Also, it is important to note that I wish to apply to Columbia as my number 1 choice. (yet to do my LSAT).

Thanks in advance.

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crazycanuck
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Re: Canadian GPA

Postby crazycanuck » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:50 am

If LSAC says it's a 4.0, it's valued the same as a 4.0 from any U.S. school. Good job.

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Re: Canadian GPA

Postby lawduder » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:59 am

grats on going to a school that gives A+'s

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sayan
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Re: Canadian GPA

Postby sayan » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:55 am

I don't think my Canadian UG hindered me in any way. 4.0/176 in at Harvard.

If you get a 172+, you're a lock for Columbia IMO.

SK-90
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Re: Canadian GPA

Postby SK-90 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:59 pm

sayan wrote:I don't think my Canadian UG hindered me in any way. 4.0/176 in at Harvard.

If you get a 172+, you're a lock for Columbia IMO.


ahhh i got alot of practicing to do for that 172!

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Re: Canadian GPA

Postby im_blue » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:32 am

You should be a lock at Columbia with a 171, and a 170 will give you a shot at Columbia ED.




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