International with a 3.0 uGPA

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International with a 3.0 uGPA

Postby scottsanett » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:19 pm

I'm Chinese. My undergrad institution gives out scores in 0 to 100 and according to the LSAC calc the GPA should be around 3.05. Got some really low scores in physical education and ideology courses. This is bad enough, and I failed two courses in my last year because I didn't drop them in time and which ended up on the transcript. I'm now in a one-year linguistics program at a university in Hong Kong (QS World Rank Linguistics #10-11) with a 4.0 GPA for the first semester, which I'd like to maintain. I'm considering applying for 2020 intake so will be taking the LSAT this June. Does a 175+ LSAT score make Harvard reachable for me? I'm considering applying for all T13 but would prefer those on the east coast.

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Re: International with a 3.0 uGPA

Postby cavalier1138 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:11 pm

Do you know what your LSAC GPA rating is? They aren't going to assign you an Americanized number.

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Re: International with a 3.0 uGPA

Postby QContinuum » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:09 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:Do you know what your LSAC GPA rating is? They aren't going to assign you an Americanized number.

This is 100% correct. Further, OP, your linguistics GPA will be (more or less) completely irrelevant. Law schools only care about undergraduate GPA.

Although:
scottsanett wrote:Got some really low scores in ... ideology

If by "ideology" you mean required courses in Communist Party ideology, I think this is actually worth writing a GPA addendum about.

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Re: International with a 3.0 uGPA

Postby scottsanett » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:17 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:Do you know what your LSAC GPA rating is? They aren't going to assign you an Americanized number.

It's most likely going to be AA as it falls within the B range.

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Re: International with a 3.0 uGPA

Postby scottsanett » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:42 pm

QContinuum wrote:
cavalier1138 wrote:Do you know what your LSAC GPA rating is? They aren't going to assign you an Americanized number.

This is 100% correct. Further, OP, your linguistics GPA will be (more or less) completely irrelevant. Law schools only care about undergraduate GPA.

Although:
scottsanett wrote:Got some really low scores in ... ideology

If by "ideology" you mean required courses in Communist Party ideology, I think this is actually worth writing a GPA addendum about.

Yes that's what I meant, like Cultivation of Ideological Morality, Marxism, Mao's Thought and the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, etc. But I also failed a few courses in my final year (17/100 and 0/100) as I attempted them, didn't like them and didn't drop them in time, which I think is what makes them punitive (though it didn't explicitly say so apart from examination absence). That's the semester that f'ed up my average score the most and I'm thinking about writing an addendum to explain it. The reason why I brought up my master's GPA is because I want to make the case that I am capable academically, because these are some of the hardest courses I've had to take since high school. The fact that I've also been interning while getting a 4.0 should be able to demonstrate that I can do well under stress with a heavy workload.



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