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This week’s podcast examines the frequently asked question, “can a master’s degree raise my GPA for law school admission?” Guests for this program are Anna Ivey, author of Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions and Heike Spahn, senior consultant with Admission Consultants and former Assistant Dean at the University of Chicago Law School.
According to Anna Ivey, law schools don’t expect applicants to have a master’s degree. If you have a low GPA, another degree isn’t required, but to raise your GPA you might consider registering for undergraduate courses to show admissions offices you are serious about high academic excellence.
Heike Spahn, senior consultant with Admission Consultants and former Assistant Dean at the University of Chicago Law School, says some career fields do require master’s degrees, but happily, being a lawyer isn’t one of them. Spahn suggests that if you have a lower than average undergraduate GPA, you can offset it with an above average LSAT score. She says that a lengthy amount of time between obtaining your undergraduate degree and applying to law school could remove some weight from the importance of your undergraduate GPA. Finally, Spahn reports that if you do have a low undergraduate GPA, school choice is key, and using letters of recommendations to explain underwhelming grades is a standard tactic.