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lmh1988
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GPA questions

Postby lmh1988 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:39 pm

Here is the bind I am in. I have a major GPA hovering around a 3.1, and I believe I can get that up some before I apply for Law School. Unfortunately, I decided to venture from my major at one point and switch over to ME. I bombed one semester and had to retake two classes. This totally tanked my GPA. I have a descrepency of .4 points in my Major GPA and my LSDAS calculated GPA. I am writing my Personal Statement, and I am going to briefly touch on my GPA issue, and I mean briefly, but aside from that I won't touch it. My question boils down to this:

How important is your LSDAS GPA, and is there anything I can do to get them to look at my major GPA instead?

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rinkrat19
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Re: GPA questions

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:41 pm

The only thing more important for law school apps than your LSAC GPA is your LSAT score. (Together, those two numbers are like 90% of the game.) Schools do not care a whit about your major GPA, because LSAC GPA is what they have to report for rankings calculation purposes.

lmh1988
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Re: GPA questions

Postby lmh1988 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:24 pm

I have been told that you can write an addendum concerning your grades?

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Re: GPA questions

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:30 pm

lmh1988 wrote:I have been told that you can write an addendum concerning your grades?

Yes, but its effects are negligible at best, even when you have excuses like "I was being treated for cancer" or "I was taking care of my eight brothers and sisters after our parents died in a plane crash." Changing majors for a year isn't a legit reason for bad grades.

lmh1988
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Re: GPA questions

Postby lmh1988 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:34 pm

Good to know on the addendum. Guess it will come down to my LSATs to offset the GPA, and I think a strong personal statement. I believe I can tie my switch between majors into my overall theme as I realized during the 2 semesters that I was not capable of thinking like an engineer, and readjusted my college career course.




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