Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
GrumpyMountie

cGPA considered at holistic stage?

Recommended Posts

I am an uncompetitive candidate for normal admission because my 'Last 60' includes some really bad graduate marks - but my overall average is much better, and my LSAT is competitive for U of A. I know I have 0% chance of admission under their usual formula, so this isn't really a 'chances' thread in that sense.

Luckily for me, Alberta is the only one out of the 9 schools I applied to where graduate marks are counted,  so I have good chances elsewhere. However, for a set of personal reasons, U of A would be my top choice overall -so their formula is really bad luck for me. So I applied anyway, knowing I had no chance in the index category, just crossing my fingers for the holistic admissions stage.

So my question is: does anyone know whether they would take a broader look at academic history, including cGPA, during the holistic phase? Or is it more of a "Let's look at your other, non-academic factors, but your low L60 GPA is still the only GPA calculation we consider" ?

They don't publish any info on how the holistic assessments work, so I'm just wondering if anyone has picked up any relevant info from previous interactions with admissions staff, etc. 

Thanks for any insight!

-GM

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pure speculation on my part, but as I was admitted holistically last year, I think a lot of it comes down to how you address it in your personal statement. If you’ve addressed why it wouldn’t be a hinderance to your success in law school sufficiently well, my guess is that they would be able to interpret everything through that lens. Personally speaking no metric of my grades looked good, so they were able to overlook it for me. I’m sure if you were able to explain the L60 in a way that it would not be a continuing concern, than the CGPA (while not considered directly) may help to support this claim and make you a stronger candidate. 
 

TLDR: I don’t know for sure, but I think a better CGPA would help if your personal statement addresses the L60 successfully 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 hours ago, Oilersfan94 said:

If you’ve addressed why it wouldn’t be a hinderance to your success in law school sufficiently well, my guess is that they would be able to interpret everything through that lens.

Thanks for the insight. I tried my best to frame it in a way that shows how isolated it was. Luckily for me the only bad year was my second-hand year, so at least it finished with a short upward trend (my last year was my best ever).

I wish I had a better excuse than I do for that year, but I'll just cross my fingers and hope that my explanation was good enough! :)

-GM

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


  • Recent Posts

    • Still no offers??? That's really bad
    • You will probably become one of the best mentor for students who article with you... Good luck The Sun Will Shine Tomorrow Poetry and Music By Andrew Pell A Spiritual And Inspirational Poem from All-Creatures.org Whatever we do whether be good or bad.The sun will still shine tomorrow.We do things and see things that make us feel sad.But there will always be a tomorrow.Do not dwell on past mistakes.Detach yourself from all negativity and feeling anxious.For the first time in your life you will be fully awake.The opportunities are limitless.Remember the sun will shine tomorrow.Allow yourself to shine as well.Imagine a day without heartache or sorrow.Every day you will have a great story to tell.
    • The truth it, lawyers need doctors and doctors need lawyers and everyone else needs these two professionals. There is no point comparing which one is smarter, makes more money or has more prestige. People (including the doctors and lawyers) who kept on arguing about which one is better need to seriously CHILL and start making friends. Cheer up! 
    • I'd bet most laypeople find doctors to be more "prestigious" than lawyers. The average doctors will make more than the average lawyers (although the highest-earning lawyers, whether law firm partners or General Counsels/Chief Legal Officers at a large company will tend to make more (often significantly) than the highest-earning doctors).  None of the above affects me in my day-to-day life whatsoever. I'd bet no working lawyer is sitting there thinking "damn, I wish I had become a doctor for more preftige". Do whatever your interests lie in and whatever you think you'd be good at. Success often results from being able to get through the day-to-day stresses, withstand losses and setbacks, and stay in the game long enough to reap the biggest rewards. You'll have a higher chance of staying in the game if you enjoy what you're doing. As one of my favourite financial writers, Morgan Housel, puts it, if you view “do what you love” as a guide to a happier life, it sounds like empty fortune cookie advice. If you view it as the thing providing the endurance necessary to put the quantifiable odds of success in your favor, you realize it should be the most important part of any strategy. Getting anything to work requires giving it an appropriate amount of time. Giving it time requires not getting bored or burning out. Not getting bored or burning out requires that you actually love what you’re doing, because that’s when the hard parts become manageable. You're better off starting in a field you love and won’t burn out on, letting your career blossom as your contacts and niche skills compound.
    • As someone who has been practicing for 7+ years, I've never encountered anyone who has said to me that this was their opinion. And if I had, I can't imagine why I would care. In my experience, the general public doesn't have a clear idea about in which profession you will find the smarter cohort, or much of anything else about the ins and outs of each profession. My guess is that you will find a range of levels of intelligence in either profession. And, seriously, who cares?

×
×
  • Create New...