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Law School Admissions / LSDAS Grade Report and Texas Academic Fresh Start
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:51:21 PM »
Under the Texas Academic Fresh Start statute, a student can elect to have any grades earned 10 years or more prior to the Fresh Start application discounted or "erased" from consideration in the student's cumulative GPA.

So, when I applied for Academic Fresh Start in 2010, the semester from hell I had in 1999 (GPA of 0.50, GO ME!) can no longer be considered as part of my academic profile by any Texas graduate or professional schools. From the College For All Texans website...

"Admissions staff for master's, doctoral or other professional degree programs at public universities will consider only your G.P.A. established by the course work you completed after enrolling in Academic Fresh Start, plus any other criteria the school uses in evaluating applicants for admission.

Credits and G.P.A. you earned prior to Academic Fresh Start will not be used to evaluate your application for admission into the postgraduate or professional program.

Please note: Nothing in the law prohibits a public university from applying standard admissions requirements."

Obviously, the LSDAS really doesn't care about my Academic Fresh Start. But when I apply to University of Texas, how does my AFS factor into my LSDAS grade report? Anyone?

Law School Admissions / Re: T14 Potential?
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:46:18 PM »
Thanks for the input. I was feeling pretty relaxed until the October LSAT started staring me in the face, and with it, the looming application deadlines. Now to decide on my personal statement topic. Yay.  ::)

Law School Admissions / Re: Huge GPA Issue; Advice?
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:37:28 PM »
I would obtain a copy of the course catalog and academic policies for the "offending" college. Are there any policies stating that your courses will be dropped if you don't pay tuition by a certain deadline?

I'm assuming you never paid for the courses if collections is calling you. If you never paid for the courses, and there is a policy to drop classes for nonpayment of tuition, then I would say you have a pretty strong argument on your hands. Is the college readily releasing your transcripts, etc., or are they blocking release of transcripts because of the alleged payment owed?

Law School Admissions / T14 Potential?
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:26:59 PM »
I started college when I was 17 (after graduating high school as a junior) and there were a lot of problems at home. Well, let's just say I was less than motivated. I ended my first semester with a 0.5, and I'm not even sure how my GPA was that high, given that I stopped attending every class after 2 weeks. Fast forward 2 years, and I decided to attend a local community college. Those same distracting issues at home were still present, and despite me trying to focus on school, my GPA there after 2 semesters was a 2.75.

In 2004, I removed myself from the bad situation at home, transferred to a 4-year school and got serious with both my academics and my extracurricular activities. I was VP of Academic Affairs for my sorority, Public Relations Director for Panhellenic, maintained a 4.0 major GPA and a 3.68 overall GPA, was awarded Greek Woman of the Year, and excelled in the Honors Program. At the same time, I was married and working a full-time job.

I got a divorce in 2008, and moved back to Texas to be near family. I enrolled at Texas State to finish the last year of my undergrad degree, and have a 4.0 GPA. I'm also in the Honors Program, and am in the process of completing my Honors Thesis.

I have been a paralegal since 2002, and a mediator since 2006. I have worked full-time throughout my undergrad degree, and volunteer about 4 hours a week. I have some very flattering letters of recommendation.  My LSAT practice scores are hovering around 170-172, and my LSAC GPA will most likely be around a 3.45.

My transcripts show a definite upward trend, and I believe the length of time I have already spent working in the legal field, as well as my Honors Thesis topic and my choice in college courses, reflect how serious I am about wanting to attend law school.

Given the mixture of recent grades (grades from the last 6 years), work history, community involvement and LSAT potential, am I completely insane to think I might have a shot at a T14 school? Or am I just wasting my money applying for my dream schools?

What are the most significant things I should do to improve my applicant profile?

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