Point Averages vs work experience


castorp

Hi all, I'm wondering about the criteria that follows NYU regarding admissions. In my case, my grades are not very impressive (slightly above 6/10), but considering that in my university, the University of Buenos Aires 4 = 60%, a 6+ should not be that bad, probably around 70%? ). I was told that an average of 6 is traslated as "good", but im not quite sure, 6/10 just does not look 'good enough'...
On the other hand, I obtained 109 in the IBT TOEFL (30 reading, 29 listening, 22 speaking, 28 writing). I also did almost all of my career while working full time.
I have extensive experience (7 years, started at 20) working in a "Criminal Examination Court" (rough traslation of juzgado criminal de instruccion), 3 as an intern, the rest as what can be described as a law clerk and court clerk all-in-one. I was already holding hearings and projecting (writing opinions?) as an intern, well before being appointed clerk, and at this point I was also put in charge of the administrative part of the court. With this workload (our criminal justice was on the verge of collapse by the end of 2001), its no wonder that my academical performance sunk like the titanic.
The cuestion is ..it is possible to partially offset the not-so-good grades with extensive (and intensive) work experience, backed up with a letter of recomendation by the judge with whom I worked?
PD: I was also recently appointed assistant professor at UBA .

Hi all, I'm wondering about the criteria that follows NYU regarding admissions. In my case, my grades are not very impressive (slightly above 6/10), but considering that in my university, the University of Buenos Aires 4 = 60%, a 6+ should not be that bad, probably around 70%? ). I was told that an average of 6 is traslated as "good", but im not quite sure, 6/10 just does not look 'good enough'...
On the other hand, I obtained 109 in the IBT TOEFL (30 reading, 29 listening, 22 speaking, 28 writing). I also did almost all of my career while working full time.
I have extensive experience (7 years, started at 20) working in a "Criminal Examination Court" (rough traslation of juzgado criminal de instruccion), 3 as an intern, the rest as what can be described as a law clerk and court clerk all-in-one. I was already holding hearings and projecting (writing opinions?) as an intern, well before being appointed clerk, and at this point I was also put in charge of the administrative part of the court. With this workload (our criminal justice was on the verge of collapse by the end of 2001), its no wonder that my academical performance sunk like the titanic.
The cuestion is ..it is possible to partially offset the not-so-good grades with extensive (and intensive) work experience, backed up with a letter of recomendation by the judge with whom I worked?
PD: I was also recently appointed assistant professor at UBA .
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castorp

I already graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, there's no LSAT for grads. I have an average of 8/10 in the CBC (UBA's one year admission course), but I don't think that will be reelevant in the admission process. Im applying for the Traditional LLM.

I already graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, there's no LSAT for grads. I have an average of 8/10 in the CBC (UBA's one year admission course), but I don't think that will be reelevant in the admission process. Im applying for the Traditional LLM.
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pipiripao

I don't think you have a chance mate.
60% could be near the 1.5 GPA tops, NYU asks for 3.2 and over.
Good luck.

I don't think you have a chance mate.
60% could be near the 1.5 GPA tops, NYU asks for 3.2 and over.
Good luck.
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castorp

yeah, that's probably right, globalization has really f**ed up our grading system......many professors here would not even consider issuing a grade higher than 8/10, even if you are Kelsen reincarnated......little men with big egos...

yeah, that's probably right, globalization has really f**ed up our grading system......many professors here would not even consider issuing a grade higher than 8/10, even if you are Kelsen reincarnated......little men with big egos...
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raines

Theres no real cut off for GPA and NYU places great emphasis on work ex or so I've been told. So if you can explain away your bad grades, you might just have a fair shot.

Theres no real cut off for GPA and NYU places great emphasis on work ex or so I've been told. So if you can explain away your bad grades, you might just have a fair shot.
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castorp

whoa, explaining that working about 12 hours a day in a work-overloaded court + do a little thinking, instead of repeating code articles like Montesquieu's "mouth of the law" judges is a bad combo for grades here would require a 1000 word essay, lol....anyway, thanks to that it is that I become interested in US universities, so if it wasnt for that I would not be here right now......
The grading system does not help much either, as a 4/10 traslates to 60%, a 6+ is sometimes treated as a 7-8/10, and the 8/10 would be sometimes like a 10/10. As one **** professor once said in his course, explaining why 8/10 was the maximum note he will be issuing "10 is only for the gods, 9 is only for me, so 8 is the maximum note for a student"...

whoa, explaining that working about 12 hours a day in a work-overloaded court + do a little thinking, instead of repeating code articles like Montesquieu's "mouth of the law" judges is a bad combo for grades here would require a 1000 word essay, lol....anyway, thanks to that it is that I become interested in US universities, so if it wasnt for that I would not be here right now......
The grading system does not help much either, as a 4/10 traslates to 60%, a 6+ is sometimes treated as a 7-8/10, and the 8/10 would be sometimes like a 10/10. As one **** professor once said in his course, explaining why 8/10 was the maximum note he will be issuing "10 is only for the gods, 9 is only for me, so 8 is the maximum note for a student"...
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