« on: August 17, 2008, 05:56:04 PM »
I was speaking for undergraduate GPA only. Law School GPAs seem very finite and subject to scrutiny.I think that it is also important to consider how much of a train wreck transcripts can be.
As an extreme example I attended five universities (one out of the country) throughout my undergraduate career. Three of the schools used a +/- system, one of them used a straight letter system, and the foreign school used a mix of pass-fail, ABC and satisfactory-exceptional marks. Two different degrees earned at the same time, over 165 hours of classes, have made my transcript an alphabet soup of As, Bs, Cs, Ds, Fs, Ts, S, Us, etc. Well, no Ds anyway...*chuckle*
Depending on how you calculate my GPA it can be anywhere from 3.1 to 3.4. LSAC reported it as 3.30, my undergrad institution reported it as 3.23. I usually go conservative with 3.2. If a firm wants to call me out on it over something so trivial, f-em. It's a GPA, not a personality disorder.
It's pretty easy to lose sight of how unimportant a 3.3 vs. a 3.4 is in the real world. I don't know any attorneys who would give a sh!t.
a bitplenty of difference between undergrad GPA importance and law school GPA importance.