Question about high GPA from Below Average School

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Question about high GPA from Below Average School

Postby stateschoolshame » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:28 pm

Hello,

I've been browsing these forums for a few days now and have found the advice on here very helpful, so thanks for that!

One question I have not seen addressed here (though I'm sure it has come up somewhere, but I cannot find it): How much do law schools care about the prestige/academic rating of your undergraduate institution?

I ask because I have a near perfect GPA from a less-than-stellar state school, but I realize that in reality my high GPA does not really match up to an Ivy applicant with a comparable GPA. (Not to knock state schools or low-rated schools in general - I'm very proud of my alma mater and others should be too; I just worry about its reception among T14 schools.)

Thanks!

P.S. Planning to take a prep test this week and a real test in September, so I may be back once I have my score!

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Re: Question about high GPA from Below Average School

Postby Nachoo2019 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:31 pm

Coming from a top UG can help you marginally(but won't help you much) and having a high gpa from a bad school is better than a low gpa from a top school. Your GPA/LSAT will be what matters most at the end of the day

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Re: Question about high GPA from Below Average School

Postby 4LTsPointingNorth » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:33 pm

You're much better off with a high GPA from a low ranking school than you are with a low GPA from a high ranking school. Do well on the LSAT and all law schools will be possible for you.

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Re: Question about high GPA from Below Average School

Postby stateschoolshame » Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:44 pm

Wonderful! Thanks so much for the replies!

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Re: Question about high GPA from Below Average School

Postby guynourmin » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:56 pm

both posters said a high GPA from a bad school is better than a low GPA from a good school, which is correct. Going one further: I'd say a 3.9 from Idaho State is better than even a 3.75 from Princeton. It's a numbers game.

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Re: Question about high GPA from Below Average School

Postby Nachoo2019 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:02 pm

guybourdin wrote:both posters said a high GPA from a bad school is better than a low GPA from a good school, which is correct. Going one further: I'd say a 3.9 from Idaho State is better than even a 3.75 from Princeton. It's a numbers game.



I would agree. I think the only time the school comes into play is if GPA is tied between two applicants

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Re: Question about high GPA from Below Average School

Postby Smibea » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:22 pm

Agree with the others. I used to fret about this... and then my friend with a 170/3.5 from Princeton had much worse outcomes than a friend with a 172/4.06 from a middling state school. Still T14, but Duke/Virginia v. Stanford/Harvard.



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