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GPA is a sinking ship! (170, 3.56)


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#1 rih

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:33 PM

First year: 3.90

Second year: 3.88

Third year: 3.20

 

OLSAS cGPA: 3.56

(This semester so far: 3.00)

(LSAT: 170, 164)

 

I know a lot of law schools look for an upward trend in GPA. I seem to be going downhill in both LSAT and GPA!!! Really want to get in to Western, has anyone else gotten in with such a downward trend? For background, I'd say I have solid ECs and LoRs, and doing undergrad at U of T.

 

According to the predict-o-matic thing, I should have a very decent shot based on my LSAT and cGPA, but of course cGPA doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to admissions...



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:44 PM

What is your degree in, just curious? I ask because I think it is common knowledge that some degrees (esp science-based ones) have far more difficult upper-level classes than others. Especially around third year, I remember in my own program most people started failing out, retaking classes because they were so difficult, etc. The average in some of my classes went from mid-70s in 2nd year to low-50s in third year, and the profs ended up having to curve our finals in two of the prereqs by 10% because it was so bad.  

 

In either case you have a very good LSAT score and I think it is impressive enough to leave a mark on Western, regardless of the dip in your GPA.


Edited by drankcoffee, 21 December 2016 - 03:46 PM.

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#3 beyondsection17

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:33 PM

I'm sure you already know this, but most schools, Western included, tend to be more forgiving of low cGPAs that have an upward trend. But hey, I'm not on adcom.



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:39 PM

with a 170 as your highest score and a cgpa of 3.56, I expect you to gain admissions very soon. 


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#5 rih

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 01:14 PM

What is your degree in, just curious? I ask because I think it is common knowledge that some degrees (esp science-based ones) have far more difficult upper-level classes than others. Especially around third year, I remember in my own program most people started failing out, retaking classes because they were so difficult, etc. The average in some of my classes went from mid-70s in 2nd year to low-50s in third year, and the profs ended up having to curve our finals in two of the prereqs by 10% because it was so bad.  

 

In either case you have a very good LSAT score and I think it is impressive enough to leave a mark on Western, regardless of the dip in your GPA.

 

I have no excuse. Just a typical Social Science degree (Economics major, Linguistics major, Poli sci minor)

Thanks for the input



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Posted 23 December 2016 - 01:15 PM

I'm sure you already know this, but most schools, Western included, tend to be more forgiving of low cGPAs that have an upward trend. But hey, I'm not on adcom.

 

Yeah I said that specifically in my original post so I'm not sure what help it is to hear it again. It's not really an answer to any of my questions.