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    Will US schools see a higher GPA than Canadian ones?

    It’s something someone told me, which I also believe to be true. Their opinion was likely based on assumptions and not hard data. And so I won’t pretend my opinion is anything more than just that. But out of curiosity, what is your argument for the view that they take the GPAs at face value because they are roughly comparable?
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    Will US schools see a higher GPA than Canadian ones?

    Perhaps inflated isn’t the right wrong choice. The point that Canadians with percentage grades are at a disadvantage also supports that. However I still don’t think it’s fair to say that American schools take it at face value because it’s roughly comparable. I think it’s more likely that they take it at face value because it benefits them to do so.
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    Will US schools see a higher GPA than Canadian ones?

    I had a similar question. The response I received is that no, it isn’t harder to get high grades in Canada. American law schools will take your GPA at face value because A) there’s not a good way of fixing the problem of Canadian GPAs being inflated and B) American schools can still report your GPA to the ABA despite the fact that it’s canadian. And if they can report it to the ABA, it will increase their programs average GPA, which in turn increases their ranking, which they care about a lot. So it’s an advantage that Canadians have that no one really cares to correct.
  4. Hi everyone, I'm currently doing my undergraduate degree in a co-op program and am considering applying to law school. I was reading the U of T Law School Admissions website and came across this: Our review of an applicant's undergraduate record is based on the principle that undergraduate records should be compared as fairly as possible across applicants. For this reason, we examine the pattern of the intensity of the course work taken across an applicant's undergraduate career (light versus heavy, full-time versus part-time, co-op versus regular, introductory versus upper-year courses, courses on exchange, courses during the summer term). I have a couple questions about this: 1. What is the reasoning for differentiating between regular and co-op programs? Does this mean students in co-op programs are at an inherent disadvantage in admissions? 2. Regarding summer courses, I assume U of T looks at them differently because they are sometimes accelerated or easier than those during the fall and winter terms. Because I am in a co-op program, I am forced to do a summer term with a full course load. These courses are the same length and difficulty as the rest of my courses. Will U of T put less weight on my grades in these courses simply because they are "courses during the summer term"? If anyone has any information that can help answer these questions that would be a huge help for me. Thanks in advance.
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