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  1. I didn't get my UK transcript converted, but my school had percentage grades. In the end, I felt that my performance was better represented by my percentage grades and the accompanying threshold explanations in the transcript than it would be by WES' GPA conversion. But if they were converting letter grades to letter grades and I came out better with the WES conversion, I probably would have gone for it (although the cost would definitely have given me second thoughts as I hovered over the pay button)!
  2. I've never been on an admissions committee for anything so I don't know what I'm talking about. But I'm guessing ECs and LoRs are more useful to admissions committees as red flags than game-changers. I assume that the vast majority of candidates have glowing letters of reference, since we can hand-pick the professors most likely to write amazing letters. But if a candidate has a mediocre letter of reference despite their being able to choose their referee, it's probably a red flag. Same with ECs: most candidates were probably very involved during undergrad, so there probably isn't much that would make someone stand out from the crowd on that front. But a candidate with no ECs with no explanation for why would be a red flag. Also, a while back I was doing some admin work for a grad program at my university and ended up talking to some of the admissions committee members. This was a public policy program, but they told me they gave no weight whatsoever to the position of referees, so long as they fulfilled the positional requirements (e.g. a professor, or a supervisor for mature applicants). They gave the applicant a certain number of points based completely on the content of the reference letter, and combined that score with points from GPA, standardized testing, other softs, etc. Everyone above a certain threshold got in (unless they had significant red flags), everyone below a certain threshold was rejected (unless they had some amazing game-changer), and everyone on the bubble was put through a second round and discussed in committee. No idea how other places do it, or even if any law schools do anything remotely like this. But I doubt it matters if the letter of reference is from someone in a position of major influence or not
  3. I did two years of grad school and three years of work, and am applying to law schools this year!
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