Hi, I'm from Colombia, I've got a couple of questions/issues about law school admission process for int. students I'd like to talk about:
How do they evaluate my GPA? Is there some sort of "GPA Converter" that allows me to calculate my GPA in a 4.0 scale? Or is it a simple cross multiplication matter?
My "GPA" in my home university (which according to the latests rankings is in the top 14 in Latin America) is 4.2/5 (the average gpa here is about 3.8/5), I'll probably graduate #15-10 in a class size of about 70.
I came across an "international GPA calculator" (http://www.foreigncredits.com/Resources/GPA-Calculator/
), don't think it is very useful but I thought it'd be worth the mentioning it.
I've also read about LSAC but haven't quite fully understood its mission, I know if I want to apply I have to send them over my transcriptions and they'll calculate my GPA and send it to the schools that require it. How exactly do they treat international grades?
I obviously don't have an american citizenship, is this a problem when applying for law school? Will it be a problem later when I eventually start working there?
3. Work experience
In Colombia you study law as a sort of major (undergrad. level). Unfortunately I graduated from high school way too young (16) and didn't have very clear what I wanted to do with my life, so I took the thing I liked the most at the time (Economics). All this to say that it's very unlikely for me to get a job in any law related area. Will that be a problem?
I'm planning on taking a long term volunteering (teaching and community work is what I'm aiming for), will this be of any help in improving my chances?
I've always tested well, but I've never taken a test of this sort. Which books do you recommend for training?. I really think I can get a 170+.
5. Law schools I should be aiming for.
Having explained my situation, which law schools do you think I should aim for?
Thanks for any piece of help or advice you can give me :)