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This course provides an inside look at how admissions committees view undergraduate records, i.e. GPA, and standardized test scores as part of an applicant’s entire application package. We cover how to use school-specific GPA and LSAT medians to advise applicants. We address how these scores weigh against the qualitative, written elements of an application package and whether low GPAs or standardized test scores can be overcome by other parts of the application. We also cover how to address dips in GPA and when it makes sense to take a standardized test multiple times.

  1. Elisabeth Hutchison, University of Hawaii


    Elisabeth Hutchison—Director of Admissions at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa—discusses how admissions committees holistically view an applicant’s time in undergraduate. regarding major, GPA, and standardized test scores. We also discuss medians, what they mean, and how to use them in crafting an application.

  2. Annie Gemmell, Mitchell-Hamline


    Annie Gemmell—Vice President of Enrollment at Mitchell Hamline School of Law—discusses how much a transcript weighs in an application, how those numbers are viewed in the context of a student’s overall application, and how trends in LSAT scores are viewed. We also discuss the difference between part-time and full-time programs in terms of competitiveness, exclusivity, and compatibility to applicant’s life circumstances.

Elisabeth Hutchison, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law

photo of Elisabeth Hutchison

Elisabeth directed the Admissions Office at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa | William S. Richardson School of Law for more than 12 years. She is a national leader in law school admissions. Before joining the faculty at the Law School, Elisabeth worked in The White House and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Currently, she is the Faculty Specialist at the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Elisabeth is an alumna of Carleton College, where she served as a Young Alumni Carleton College Trustee, and the Yale Law School.

Annie Gemmell, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

photo of Annie Gemmell

Annie is Vice President of Enrollment at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She received her JD from the school in 2012.