amidea wrote:managamy wrote:LSAC compensates for these factors by creating %iles for applicants' GPAs compared to the GPAs of other applicants from their specific school. It's on your summary sheet.
I meant more generally, not just when applying to law school. I'm not sure if employers or other grad/med/whatever schools get percentile ranks (maybe they do, I have no idea) so from that perspective, looking at comparably rigorous schools you can have the average student at one have a higher GPA from an average student from another and it doesn't necessarily mean the first is a better student or smarter than the second. If 40% of the class has a 3.8+, it's hard to compare those students, even with percentile rank anyway because a lot of people will have the same GPA.
i dont know about other grad schools, but even for law school this is a pretty imperfect system. its been beaten to death. is a 3.4 at a community college = to a 3.4 at a T1 undergrad? well, for law adcomms, it (for the most part) is. now HYP may give you a small boost, some majors like engineering might give you a small boost, but generally speaking, your GPA for law is that GPA (or rather LSAC's).
other grad schools, however, look at more than just a GPA, i.e. business school, grad school, medical school, pharm school, etc. law in particular is very numbers-oriented. not too sure why...
the whole process for law is a bit sketchy. i mean, the difference between getting into a T5 or a lower T14 is possibly just two questions on the LSAT lol.