freekick wrote:ssolli wrote:freekick wrote:pitter wrote:freekick wrote:pitter wrote:I am an US citizen but did my UG in Asia. Would being a citizen count as a positive factor in admission? My lsac gpa is 3.86 so I am pretty confident that I would receive a 'superior'.
It will count for a lot coz you are not an international applicant and wouldn't pose possible immigration issues. You pose no risk to the law school and the government.
I am a little confused. I've heard that what determines international is not citizenship but where you got your ud. By that logic wouldn't instill be counted as an international? I've been warned that admission for those in international status is harder.
Two classic cases of International applicants are:
A non-resident alien with non-US UG
A non-American student with American UG
Citizenship, not residency, is determinative of international status.
What about a US citizen who did UG abroad and then came back to the US? I'm American but my degree is from the UK (hence no LSAC GPA). Would I still count as an "international applicant"?
Nope. Your UG is international but your "applicant" status remains national because of your citizenship. I think there is some confusion about the meaning of 'international' wrt to applicant status. Like I said, the key is citizenship. Where one's UG was is immaterial. That said, absence of a numerical GPA does make a difference even for a national applicant because you are not helping GPA medians. So to that extent you are at a slight disadvantage.
Not trying to place doubt, but this is the first I'm hearing that citizenship is the determining factor as I was using the 509 unreported GPA's as an indicator of the # of international UG applicants accepted to each school. Where did you hear this, and why would U.S. citizens with foreign UG education be at a disadvantage? I figure it would make no difference if international GPAs are treated the same for citizens and aliens. Mainly asking because what you're saying seems to be true as I haven't gotten the results I expected or was told to expect.