My daughter is a current junior at Penn State. She has just begun studying for the LSAT with the intention of taking it in June.
I was reading about the entire LSAC report process and I am confused. I see that they will recalculate her GPA to send to the law schools. That is actually good for my daughter because she took dual enroll classes in high school and got all A's
However, I do have some concerns. My daughter went back and forth on her undergraduate major for a while and because of this, she has 6 drops on her transcript. These are non punative and no grades are associated with them, but they do show on the transcript. At first, I thought that the fact that the LSAC does not consider withdrawals or drops would be a good thing, but then I saw that even though they do a report, they still send the transcripts. So, my question is, if they are sending the transcripts, what is the point of the LSAC? And what is your opinion on the effect of 6 dropped classes on her law school application? Penn State has no limit on the number of classes you can drop during the drop periods because they want students to 'try out' classes. That's all well and good until you are a junior with 6 dropped classes. She never went below full time status. Her GPA will be in the area that gets her into a top 30 school but not a top 14 likely (Unless she can kick butt next semester). She is aiming for a 165 on her LSAT or higher. She just took her first diagnostic with no studying whatsoever and got a 145. She knows she has work to do there.
I am concerned about law school at all in today's climate but it's all she wants to do (and I've made her read all the negative stuff!). But I am even more concerned if drops on a transcript move her down to a lower tier law school as that seems to be really, really important. But then again, we are brand new to this and I actually have no idea - just beginning researching.
Any thoughts on the drops and can someone explain the purpose of an LSAC report if your undergrad transcripts are sent anyway?