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I had a terrible first year with a 2.0 GPA, however have been improving my grades through the years (2nd year - 3.5; 3rd year - 3.9). I am in my 4th year, but it seems my CGPA will still work out to be around 3.3.

I have not taken the LSAT yet, but seeing as most law schools have a median acceptance GPA of 3.7, would it even be possible for me to get accepted into any school? Do my first year grades doom me from ever going to a good law school? Should I even bother trying?

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It's not hopeless. However, you should probably do your own research on how individual schools will calculate your gpa as each one varies.

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Many schools will look at L2 or B2 and others will drop a certain percentage of grades depending on completed credits, so your first year will be largely irrelevant for certain schools. Acceptance will depend on your LSAT and it's not worth discussing "trying" or chances without a confirmed LSAT score. 

However, my grades are very similar to yours, and I have already been accepted to Schulich and Queen's this cycle. For reference, my cGPA is about 3.36 and L2 is 3.68, with an LSAT of 162. LORs and PS will be taken into consideration but since you have a strong upward trend in grades, I would not worry about your grades right now, rather focus on the LSAT if you're determined to go to law school. Feel free to message me if you have any Qs, good luck! 

 

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37 minutes ago, Mkim5 said:

I had a terrible first year with a 2.0 GPA, however have been improving my grades through the years (2nd year - 3.5; 3rd year - 3.9). I am in my 4th year, but it seems my CGPA will still work out to be around 3.3.

I have not taken the LSAT yet, but seeing as most law schools have a median acceptance GPA of 3.7, would it even be possible for me to get accepted into any school? Do my first year grades doom me from ever going to a good law school? Should I even bother trying?

any particular reasons for the 2.0 GPA?

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When you put your GPA into OLSAS, your CGPA will probably be even lower than 3.3, but with a solid LSAT score and a strong upward trend, you could probably still get accepted to any school. As stated in this thread, many schools look at L2/B2, UofT looks at B3, and since you are graduating and then writing the LSAT, you will have a solid three year GPA under your belt. With your upward trend, I think you could even get into CGPA schools with a good score because I think a lot of schools are willing to overlook if you had a bad first year, as long as you land on your feet again. 

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I applied with a shitty cGPA (>3.00) and b2/l2 and a 161 back in 2015 and was rejected everywhere (applied Western Queens Windsor UofT Osgoode).

 

I applied again this year as a mature student with same stats but bumped my LSAT to 168, just got into Ottawa on Friday. Your GPA is better than mine was, so I think if you can snag a LSAT in the mid 160s or more you have a solid shot at at least some schools. Remember to apply widely! 

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mixed up my words

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Short answer - no.

Long answer - no.

Many threads on this. With your trend, a solid LSAT will make you competitive at just about every school.

Anyway, I suspect those median GPA's are an average of the grades they consider, not the cGPA of the average student attending.

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