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The Truth about “Splitters” in Law School Admissions

Updated: Feb 1

Are you dreaming of attending law school but worried that your past academic performance may hold you back? It's time to bust that myth!

At Ginsburg Advanced Tutoring, we know firsthand that your past does not define your candidacy. With our specialized services, we have helped many students with below-average GPAs compete for that dream T-10 law school seat with success. A 2.7 GPA and in at University of Virginia Law? Yes, it's been done. A 3.3 and in at Harvard Law? Yes, we've seen that, too.

First, let's define the terms "splitter" and "reverse splitter" in the context of GPA and LSAT scores.

A "splitter" is a candidate with a high LSAT score but a low GPA, while a "reverse splitter" is a candidate with a high GPA but a low LSAT score.

These terms are important to understand as we navigate the law school admissions process.

So, why is it okay to have a low GPA? Here are four reasons:

1. You can balance it with a high LSAT score. If your GPA falls below the 25th percentile for a particular school, pairing it with an LSAT score above the 75th percentile can strengthen your application.

2. You can curate your application to present your best self. Highlight your unique ideas, experiences, motivations, and writing style to set yourself apart from other candidates.

3. You can ignore influences that doubt your chances and just go for it. Did you know that a quarter of all first-year law classes are comprised of students with GPAs below the 25th percentile? You deserve your seat in law school just as much as anyone else.

4. You can explain the cause. A GPA addendum is a great opportunity to provide context for your academic performance and showcase your academic involvement and capabilities.

At Ginsburg Advanced Tutoring, we have a mission to help students navigate school selection anxiety-free, and that means careful guidance is necessary to help address those GPA and LSAT scores when students have low data points.

Our services include careful school selection based on your outside experiences, GPA and LSAT scores, determination of anticipated scholarships awards, and assistance in developing GPA and LSAT addenda.

Don't let a low GPA hold you back from pursuing your dream of attending law school. With the right support and guidance, you can still achieve your goals. Contact us at Ginsburg Advanced Tutoring to learn how we can empower you to compete for that dream law school seat.

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