On the Law School's application, should I submit my degree (which is higher) or just suck it up and sumbit my cum.?
I put my GPA as given by my school, not LSAC. (I have no idea which one they really want, but I really dislike how my LSAC GPA looks, so since there seems to be the leeway to choose, I'll go with my school one.)
I would put the LSAC GPA since Law schools will see that number and use it to factor in your admission chances. Putting anything else will look like grade inflation. Coming from a school that doesn't use the +/- system, I have to support the LSAC method. After all, You and I could both make 88's during our undergrads, but because you come from a school that uses +/-'s and I don't, you will have a much higher school GPA than I even though we really made the same numerical grades.
However, don't get me wrong. I completely support the +/- system since it favors those who achieve. Without it, you aren't going to work harder to turn an 80 into an 88 since you know you will receive the same letter grade for the course. Trust me, I know from experience.