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Academic Record

This is important. Please note: For law school applicants who were enrolled during Spring 2020, their Credential Assembly Service reports to law schools will include a letter reminding admission offices that Spring 2020 was the semester impacted by the coronavirus and that during this time, schools were forced to move to online instruction, students experienced disruption in their living and learning arrangements, and a variety of changes were introduced to grading systems. 

Undergraduate Grade-Point Average (UGPA)

When considering your application, most law schools will look closely at your college grades. UGPA is often a strong indicator of how well candidates will perform in law school.

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Many law schools will consider your undergraduate-performance trend as well as your UGPA. Thus, they may discount a slow start in your undergraduate career if you performed exceptionally well in later school years. Similarly, they may view a strong start followed by a mediocre finish as an indication of less potential to succeed in law school.

When completing your applications, be sure to comment on any irregular grade trends in your academic record.

Admission Index

Some law schools use a formula to combine an LSAT score and UGPA into a single index number. A list of mathematical formulas enabling you to calculate your admission index for each law school is available under “Related Information” on the “Transcripts” page of your account.

Note that not all law schools use index formulas, and those that do use them do not necessarily use them in the same way.

Graduate or Professional Study

Prior success or failure in other graduate or professional school work, including work completed at other law schools, may also be a factor in the admission committee's decision.

You must request transcripts from any graduate, law, medical, or professional institutions where you have completed coursework.

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