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LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA

LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA
« on: September 28, 2008, 10:53:00 AM »
I suppose law schools use the LSAC gpa as a "more accurate" indicator? Meaning if their is a significant difference they will look more closely at the LSAC gpa.

Is it common for the two numbers to be identical?

Has anyone ever had a higher LSAC GPA than your schools' gpa?

Re: LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 11:05:55 AM »
My numbers were identical-  I have no Ws, and my school uses the same scale as the LSAC (with the exception of A+s).  I would imagine if this is the case, the number's would be similar or more likely identical.  The problems come when your school uses a different scale, doesn't factor Ws into your GPA or lets your retake classes to replace grades for classes you failed/did poorly in, things like that.

luckygehrig

Re: LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 12:16:07 PM »
I transferred to my current school after a semester elsewhere. My school GPA is a 3.70, but when LSAC calculated both of my transcripts, I got a 3.74. It is definitely possible to have a higher LSAC GPA than what you have at your school.

Re: LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2008, 02:42:26 PM »
I am confused as to how LSAC calculates the GPA exactly since I noticed that LSAC gives a 4.33 for an A+.  My school only gives A,AB,B,BC,C,D,F , and so since I don't have an A+ category I am not sure what it will do with my A's.
Thanks

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Re: LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2008, 02:51:28 PM »
Your A's will be counted as 4.00

Re: LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2008, 03:31:12 PM »
Isn't this system unfair then, since I attained the highest-possible mark at my school but am not given the highest-possible LSAC translation?  If my school offered A+'s would I be given 4.33 in the LSAC system?
Thanks!

Re: LSAC GPA vs. School issued GPA
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2008, 03:35:12 PM »
Yeah it's unfair to people whose schools don't give out A+s, but if they didn't count them then it might be unfair to people whose schools DID give out A+s. No system is perfect.