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  1. Thanks for the responses. My friends have told me that no one gets a 4.0. In fact, I've been obsessing over the distribution charts on the Queen's site, and there are 60+ student lectures where no one gets an A (just A-s)! I know that OCI firms hire after 1L, but I'm really interested in a cumulative GPA after all three years. I assume that because all 1L courses combine huge sections that the same 20% of students get all of the As in each lecture course. If I'm in a section of 30 students, 7 of whom are absolutely brilliant, then they will make it impossible for the next 23 of us to get rationed As in any of our classes. But that changes in the upper years. Canadian law schools won't publish this information. If upper-year courses mandate that only 1/4 of students can receive an A or A-, does that mean that I should get an A or A- in 1/4 of my upper-year courses to be "average"? That can't be true. As you can tell by my name, I worry about this stuff. So, in closing, does anyone know what a good cumulative GPA might be? If someone told me that they had straight B+s after three years (at or above the curve in every class), I'd think that would be excellent. After all, the curve is just the median, and the people in my classes are bound to be bright!
  2. Hi. I'm attending Queen's next year, and I have a question that no one seems to be able to answer: what's a good GPA for a 3L at Queen's? I have a few friends at Queen's who've told me about the curve, and I've looked at old grade distributions. But they don't help. First, people lie about their grades CONSTANTLY. Second, I don't understand the width of the B+ range. A B+ is supposed to be a 77-79%, but at Queen's it's from a 3.3 to a 3.7. Yet a B+ is worth 3.3 grade points! So a person with all A-s and one B+ would have a GPA in the B+ range despite being well above a 3.3! I assume that person would be at the very top of the class. Also, I know that a B is the median grade in lecture courses. But I've seen courses where 70% of the class gets a B or lower. So these stories that I'm hearing about everyone having a B+ (3.3+) GPA can't be true. I know that I won't finish in the top 1% of my class, so I'm not worried about getting a 4.0. But what is a "good" GPA after 3 years (when I'll be applying for jobs following a year doing volunteer work in South America)? I'm just worried about having to be perfect in every single class that I take.
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