^^^^If he/she graduated 2 years ago, how can their GPA be raised?
OP, your chances of admission will be increased if you make it a point to ignore LawDog's advice.
Quote from: Scentless Apprentice on April 13, 2009, 09:42:26 PM^^^^If he/she graduated 2 years ago, how can their GPA be raised?CLARIFICATION: I didn't realize OP was out of school, or did not keep it in mind as I typed my suggestion. But this does not change anything I said, so long as you don't take my GPA statement too literally. The GPA can't, technically, be raised, but you CAN give schools some new grades with which to judge you by, and they CAN do their own calculations (not that hard to do). And I imagine some schools WILL do their own calculations if a student has done an extra year of "post-bacc" work.
Look, you are in a "decent" position as of now b/c of your score. Nobody is denying that. But you could position yourself for at least a shot at everything below HYS. Right now, you look like a waitlist candidate b/c of the grades. You'll get into one or two of your choice schools, but not all. Splitters are splitters; top schools pick them for their rankings, which means you might wind up on a lot of top waitlists. 171 is fantastic, but 2.7 isn't impressive. Let's be honest, it screams, "Spiderman...brilliant but lazy."I have a friend with a 2.9/171, who went to Duke, hence my suggestion of that extra year. If you are willing to wait, an extra year of school with really high grades can make a world of difference, especially because of your score. High grades will validate the score. A year's worth of new grades (in tough courses) and a strong letter or two can make a world of difference. I suggest choosing from advanced levels of the following:English (Shakespeare would be good b/c of the dense close-reading involved, plus there's usually some writing)History (Greek and Roman History, U.S. Colonial, the Renniasance, or the Industrial Age maybe)Classics (the Greeks again)StatisticsCalculus (or some mathematics theory course)Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, etc (i.e., a "hard science")PsychologyEconomicsWomen's Studies (especially if you're male, adcoms will eat that up)Try to take more than one course from the same prof, so he/she can write you a new letter. Just don't be a "gut hunter" (someone who takes easy courses) about it. If you get all A's, the adcoms will have to take notice of it. What are they going to do? They look stupid if they try to justify ignoring a recent record of strong performance. And what these other people are saying makes no sense. Why would a new LSAT or LOR be useful while new grades have little relevance? It doesn't even make sense. Besides, what are you going to do? It's better than leaving your record "as is". it shows the adcoms you are determined, so the effort itself is as meaningful as the result of the effort. Use your common sense...don't waste that score.
Why would a new LSAT or LOR be useful while new grades have little relevance? It doesn't even make sense.
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