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Undergraduate performance is generally an important indicator of how someone is likely to perform in law school. Hence, many law schools look closely at college grades when considering individual applications.

Course selection also can make a difference in admission evaluations. Applicants who have taken difficult or advanced courses in their undergraduate study often are evaluated in a more favorable light than students who have concentrated on easier or less advanced subjects.

Many law schools consider undergraduate-performance trends along with a student's numerical average. Thus, they may discount a slow start in a student’s undergraduate career if he or she performs exceptionally well in the later school years. Similarly, admission committees may see an undergraduate’s strong start followed by a mediocre finish as an indication of less potential to do well in law school. Candidates are advised to comment on irregular grade trends in their applications.

Grade Conversion Table

LSAC Conversion Grades as Reported on Transcripts
4.0 Scale A to F 1 to 5 100–0* Four Passing Grades Three Passing Grades
4.33 A+ 1+ 98–100 Highest Passing Grade (4.0) Highest Passing Grade (4.0)
4.00 A 1 93–97
3.67 A- 1- 90–92
3.50 AB    
3.33 B+ 2+ 87–89 Second Highest Passing Grade (3.0) Middle Passing Grade (3.0)
3.00 B 2 83–86
2.67 B- 2- 80–82
2.50 BC    
2.33 C+ 3+ 77–79 Third Highest Passing Grade (2.0) Lowest Passing Grade (2.0)
2.00 C 3 73–76
1.67 C- 3- 70–72
1.50 CD    
1.33 D+ 4+ 67-69 Lowest Passing Grade (1.0)  
1.00 D 4 63–66
0.67 D- 4- 60–62
0.50 DE or DF    
0.00 E and F 5 Below 60 Failure (0.00) Failure (0.00)

* In some instances, a school's numeric grading scale might be converted differently than shown here.

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