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roman
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Hello,

I am in my third year of the Honours Physics program at StFX and over the past two years I have an ~83% average but the upper year courses are especially challenging. Is a difficult major considered by Dal when reviewing applications if my overall gpa reduced slightly by this time next year when I apply? I do not see it slipping below an 80 overall by any means but I am just curious. I know law school is quite competitive  

Thanks in advance!

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No one knows for sure unless the school outright says that they take degree difficultly into account (and I think some do), but, in theory, it's the the LSAT is supposed to be the great equalizer. For example, Applicant X has a 4.0 in basket weaving, and Applicant Y has a 3.7 in physics, but if the physics student scores 170, while the basket weaver  scores a 150, they the physics student will most likely be the more competitive.

As an aside, you might be interested to know that certain majors tend to score well on the LSAT compared to others, and physics is on that list (together with things like philosophy, logic, economics, math, etc.) 

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5 hours ago, roman said:

Hello,

I am in my third year of the Honours Physics program at StFX and over the past two years I have an ~83% average but the upper year courses are especially challenging. Is a difficult major considered by Dal when reviewing applications if my overall gpa reduced slightly by this time next year when I apply? I do not see it slipping below an 80 overall by any means but I am just curious. I know law school is quite competitive  

Thanks in advance!

Have you written the LSAT yet? If you have, you should try using the index score to see where you may fall. It’s pinned in the Dal sub!

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