Getting in an LLM with low GPA


jello109
Hi everybody,

I am looking for an LLM to start next year. I prefer to study in the US but I am flexible.

However, my GPA is not great. In my I got around a B- converting to a 3.0 on the 4.0 scale. In the last two semesters I did much better though, getting all A's basically.

I am very interested in getting into a T14 school, such as Berkeley, Duke, or Michigan. I don't have many hopes of Stanford / Harvard!

My questions are what are my chances, and is there anything I can do to make up for my poor grades?
Hi everybody,

I am looking for an LLM to start next year. I prefer to study in the US but I am flexible.

However, my GPA is not great. In my I got around a B- converting to a 3.0 on the 4.0 scale. In the last two semesters I did much better though, getting all A's basically.

I am very interested in getting into a T14 school, such as Berkeley, Duke, or Michigan. I don't have many hopes of Stanford / Harvard!

My questions are what are my chances, and is there anything I can do to make up for my poor grades?
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chicken so...
For example, from the Berkeley Law site:

Berkeley Law does not have a specific minimum GPA requirement for LL.M. applicants. Anyone who meets the above basic requirements may apply.


A low GPA isn't necessarily the end-all-be-all for an admit. A lot of things will change the calculus, from having studied at a highly competitive school to whether or not you have any work experience.

If you have a strong profile otherwise, I'd say go ahead and apply to the T14s that don't have minimum GPA requirements, but maybe also apply to something less competitive as well, as sort of a safety.
For example, from the Berkeley Law site:

[quote]Berkeley Law does not have a specific minimum GPA requirement for LL.M. applicants. Anyone who meets the above basic requirements may apply.[/quote]

A low GPA isn't necessarily the end-all-be-all for an admit. A lot of things will change the calculus, from having studied at a highly competitive school to whether or not you have any work experience.

If you have a strong profile otherwise, I'd say go ahead and apply to the T14s that don't have minimum GPA requirements, but maybe also apply to something less competitive as well, as sort of a safety.
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jello109
Thanks, I will do that! I have two years of experience so hopefully that helps.
Thanks, I will do that! I have two years of experience so hopefully that helps.
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chicken so...
Yes, that should help!
Yes, that should help!
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jello109
I hope so. I will also consider the option of applying to a less competitive school. Do you have any suggestions (I guess outside of T14 schools).
I hope so. I will also consider the option of applying to a less competitive school. Do you have any suggestions (I guess outside of T14 schools).
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