UG GPA question?

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UG GPA question?

Postby lmitchell11 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:29 am

I majorly screwed up my Freshman year in ungergrad. Right now, my GPA sits at a 2.57 with 31 credits earned. I had no vision for my life as a freshman, took a year off, and have decided on law. With my new goal, I am just as determined as I was in high school (4.0, second in my class). I just completely lacked direction or motivation my freshman year of undergrad. If I get my GPA up to a 3.7-4.0 range by graduation, can I still be considered by T6 schools? (Obviously with an exceptional LSAT score.) Or will my freshman performance be viewed as unacceptable? Will I need to include a reason for this somehow in my PS or interviews? (I plan to write my PS about how choosing to study law completely turned my life around.)

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Re: UG GPA question?

Postby midwest17 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:40 am

Your cumulative GPA is all that matters.

But if your school doesn't offer A+'s, then it's going to take you 116.8 credits of straight A's to get up to a 3.7. That's almost 4 more years of 15-credit semesters. And that's assuming you never get a grade lower than an A. Just so you're aware of the task you're setting for yourself.

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Re: UG GPA question?

Postby lmitchell11 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:45 am

They do not offer A+s. Say I got a graduate degree and had a 4.0 in graduate school... does that improve my chances?

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Re: UG GPA question?

Postby lmitchell11 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:46 am

They do not offer A+s. Say I got a graduate degree and had a 4.0 in graduate school... does that improve my chances?

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Re: UG GPA question?

Postby Nickg415 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:54 am

lmitchell11 wrote:I majorly screwed up my Freshman year in ungergrad. Right now, my GPA sits at a 2.57 with 31 credits earned. I had no vision for my life as a freshman, took a year off, and have decided on law. With my new goal, I am just as determined as I was in high school (4.0, second in my class). I just completely lacked direction or motivation my freshman year of undergrad. If I get my GPA up to a 3.7-4.0 range by graduation, can I still be considered by T6 schools? (Obviously with an exceptional LSAT score.) Or will my freshman performance be viewed as unacceptable? Will I need to include a reason for this somehow in my PS or interviews? (I plan to write my PS about how choosing to study law completely turned my life around.)


I was sitting at about a 3.2 and was admitted into Penn with a 170 on the LSAT. If you get your GPA up higher than mine and a few more points on the LSAT you have a chance of getting T6

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Re: UG GPA question?

Postby Nickg415 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:55 am

And no graduate GPA will not help. They look at the two GPA's separately.

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Re: UG GPA question?

Postby midwest17 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:57 am

lmitchell11 wrote:They do not offer A+s. Say I got a graduate degree and had a 4.0 in graduate school... does that improve my chances?


A graduate degree will not have an appreciable impact on your chances. You definitely should not get a graduate degree because you think it will help you get into law school.




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