How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

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How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby ihatethelsat25 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:33 pm

Hey all,

I graduated in May 2013 with a 3.67 overall GPA putting me just out of the top 10% of my class (it was around top 12%). I was wondering how law schools look at GPAs. First of all I have a very strong upward trend after Freshman year, my first semester was my worst because I took credit heavy science classes (go figure I thought I was going to be a doctor) so when I take that first semester out my GPA is 3.74. Here is my trend:

Freshman Year:
First Semester: 3.14
Second Semester:3.75
Sophomore Year:
First Semester:3.78
Second Semester:3.7
Junior Year:
First Semester:3.78
Second Semester:3.78
Senior Year:
First Semester:3.75
Second Semester:3.75

So how will a board look at this? What will they think? Will they just ignore this much detail and simply go with my cumulative? I also have some killer soft factors so I'm hoping I can still pull t14.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby dowu » Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:41 pm

All they will care about is your cumulative.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby Nonconsecutive » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:31 pm

Cumulative, more specifically LSAC-caculated cumulative.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby hephaestus » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:32 pm

Nonconsecutive wrote:Cumulative, more specifically LSAC-calculated cumulative.

Yes. Nothing else matters.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby dowu » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:40 pm

ImNoScar wrote:
Nonconsecutive wrote:Cumulative, more specifically LSAC-calculated cumulative.

Yes. Nothing else matters.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby Ti Malice » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:13 am

ihatethelsat25 wrote:I also have some killer soft factors so I'm hoping I can still pull t14.


With the right LSAT, everything but Y and S would be in play.

What are these "killer" softs? Unless they're on the order of Rhodes/Marshall, renowned author, Olympic medalist, Ph.D. with influential publications, and so forth, you're probably overestimating them a bit.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby ihatethelsat25 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:51 am

Ti Malice wrote:
ihatethelsat25 wrote:I also have some killer soft factors so I'm hoping I can still pull t14.


With the right LSAT, everything but Y and S would be in play.

What are these "killer" softs? Unless they're on the order of Rhodes/Marshall, renowned author, Olympic medalist, Ph.D. with influential publications, and so forth, you're probably overestimating them a bit.


Fulbright that I will be going on this upcoming year. I also just interned at the White House, and I've had a lot of other internships in the past but those are my big two. I'm not saying it is a definite but I know both will help shape an interesting application.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby Ti Malice » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:50 pm

ihatethelsat25 wrote:
Ti Malice wrote:
ihatethelsat25 wrote:I also have some killer soft factors so I'm hoping I can still pull t14.


With the right LSAT, everything but Y and S would be in play.

What are these "killer" softs? Unless they're on the order of Rhodes/Marshall, renowned author, Olympic medalist, Ph.D. with influential publications, and so forth, you're probably overestimating them a bit.


Fulbright that I will be going on this upcoming year. I also just interned at the White House, and I've had a lot of other internships in the past but those are my big two. I'm not saying it is a definite but I know both will help shape an interesting application.


The Fulbright is a good soft. Fulbrights are not nearly as competitive as Rhodes/Marshall, so having one is not a "great" soft or a "killer" soft, but it is a good soft. Internships really don't move the needle much at all.

You have above-average softs, but you're still likely to perform more or less as your numbers would indicate. Focus on the LSAT.

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Re: How much does GPA in major matter and GPA related questions

Postby dowu » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:53 pm

Ti Malice wrote:
ihatethelsat25 wrote:
Ti Malice wrote:
ihatethelsat25 wrote:I also have some killer soft factors so I'm hoping I can still pull t14.


With the right LSAT, everything but Y and S would be in play.

What are these "killer" softs? Unless they're on the order of Rhodes/Marshall, renowned author, Olympic medalist, Ph.D. with influential publications, and so forth, you're probably overestimating them a bit.


Fulbright that I will be going on this upcoming year. I also just interned at the White House, and I've had a lot of other internships in the past but those are my big two. I'm not saying it is a definite but I know both will help shape an interesting application.


The Fulbright is a good soft. Fulbrights are not nearly as competitive as Rhodes/Marshall, so having one is not a "great" soft or a "killer" soft, but it is a good soft. Internships really don't move the needle much at all.

You have above-average softs, but you're still likely to perform more or less as your numbers would indicate. Focus on the LSAT.

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