CALI Awards and Transfering

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CALI Awards and Transfering

Post by enigmatome » Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:55 am

I know a lot of law schools are going mandatory p/np, including mine. I was curious if other law schools are still going through with Witkin/CALI/etc... awards typically given to the top 1/2/3 students in the class.

Since my school plans to dole out awards despite a mandatory p/np curve, I'm wondering how awards could be factored into GPA and transferring.

Last semester, I won 3 awards, however, I also received a C on one class. As a result my GPA is not amazing, but since two of those classes (K and Civ) are continuing on this semester, I think I can probably get the awards again. I scored 15-20% higher than the second highest student in those classes.

Being able to win these awards would clearly show I received A's and that would boost my gpa, however, I wouldn't be able to represent that in my transcript. Yet, it could potentially boost my gpa from a 3.87 to a 4.11 (assuming I would have gotten A's again).

Would it be irresponsible to state that my GPA is 4.11 even if it says 3.87 on my transcript?

And yes, I'm really just fishing for things to keep me motivated this semester, I hope you all are doing well.

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Re: CALI Awards and Transfering

Post by cavalier1138 » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:31 am

enigmatome wrote:Would it be irresponsible to state that my GPA is 4.11 even if it says 3.87 on my transcript?
It wouldn't just be irresponsible; it would be lying.

Schools will definitely factor in your awards (assuming you get them again this semester) when looking at your transfer application. But you can't declare a GPA based on grades that don't exist.


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Re: CALI Awards and Transfering

Post by nixy » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:42 am

Yeah, you can’t do that. Your GPA is what the school puts on your transcript; you don’t get to manipulate it.

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