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cGPA considered at holistic stage?

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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

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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 

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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

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