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Law School Applications / Re: LSAC GPA Q
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:29:13 PM »
No, they won't discard the community college grades.  Here's a link to more information on how they calculate UGPA:
http://www.lsac.org/policies/transcript-summarization.asp

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Q about my Degree GPA (2.99 vs. 3.00)
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:58:47 PM »
As far as I know, they look at the LSAC cumulative and not the degree GPA.  Even if they do, its not that big a diff.  I wouldn't worry about it.

I agree with Fortook.  If you look at the online Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools, you'll notice that one can search by LSAT and UGPA and  not by degree GPA.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Pass/No Pass Question.
« on: October 09, 2011, 09:02:49 PM »
The thing with P/NP is that it can only hurt you.  "P" grades aren't included when UGPA is calculated.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Pass/No Pass Question.
« on: October 09, 2011, 08:40:15 PM »
Yep, the NP is going to be calculated as an "F."  I had that happen.  :(

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Question about transcript evaluation
« on: September 05, 2011, 12:49:57 PM »
Awesome, thank you all for the information.  In relation to my transcripts, my worry was that in addition to my GPA, they would actually look at the grades I received for the courses.  I know they put more emphasis on the overall LSDAS GPA, but do they factor in your actual course grades themselves when making a decision?

I'm not sure, but I doubt it.   With your GPA, it's obvious that you're either mediocre at academics, or you had several classes that didn't go well.  Those Fs and Ds are evidence that you had several classes that didn't go well, but you did well enough in your other classes to sort of offset them.  And, if you started taking college seriously during the last few semesters, that's another trend that looks good.

If I were in your position, I might find a way to work into my personal statement an explanation of what caused my change in attitude towards my studies.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Question about transcript evaluation
« on: September 02, 2011, 07:34:15 PM »
A couple thoughts:

First, your LSDAS GPA is the one that matters, so unfortunately, you're stuck with 2.96.

Second, 170 is a very good LSAT score, and it can offset a fair number of low grades.  According to the UGPA/LSAT Search feature of the Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools (https://officialguide.lsac.org/release/OfficialGuide_Default.aspx), your chances of getting into South Carolina, Wake Forest, and Tennessee are very decent.  (Your chances of getting into Alabama aren't so good.)

Good luck!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Akron vs. Toledo
« on: July 22, 2011, 04:05:57 PM »
Akron's US News ranking is fourth in Ohio (after OSU, CWRU, and Cincinnati), and Akron seems to be making a concentrated effort to make the northern Ohio legal community aware of its strengths. 

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Recommendations / Re: Trying to figure out what LSAT score I need
« on: May 09, 2011, 03:20:20 PM »
Plug some numbers into the LSAC's UGPA/LSAT search box and see what you come up with:  https://officialguide.lsac.org/release/OfficialGuide_Default.aspx

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Law School Applications / Re: Messy Application and Need Advice
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:53:53 AM »
Well, the first thing I'd suggest is you try one of Kaplan's free simulated LSATs.  That would give you an idea of whether you'd be able to come up with an LSAT score high enough to offset your GPA.

The second thing I'd suggest is start putting into words the reason you decided becoming an attorney was the right path for you.  You might be able to use some of it as part of your personal statement.  From what I understand, it's not unheard of for someone who was unmotivated in undergrad to turn their life around and do well in graduate school.

Good luck!

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Law School Applications / Re: Low GPA and LSAT
« on: March 23, 2011, 10:26:46 AM »
I'd suggest you go to the site I used (link above), put in your GPA, and try putting in different LSAT scores.

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