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I went back to school after pursuing sport as a career. I suffered almost a handful of concussions and, as a result, decided to return to school. Initially, I hadn't a clue what I wanted to pursue as a major, let alone a career. I dicked around in community college for two years and and eventually transferred with a 2.9 GPA to a liberal arts college in the midwest. While in community college, I accumulated 5 w's over 2 years. Upon transferring to the college I'm at now, My first semester was atrocious and I earned a 2.2 GPA. My second semester got off on the right foot as I was determined to right the ship. However, I ended up in the hospital for a week during a crucial stretch. Unfortunately, my college decided that letters from medical doctors were not sufficient enough to late drop the courses, and I was left with 5 more W's to my transcript to now total 10. I returned to school the next semester and got off to a fantastic start. At the conclusion of midterms, I had straight A's and was feeling good about everything. That said, what I later learned was post concussion syndrome started to surface and near the end of the semester I basically shut down. I began missing classes (small liberal arts school has pretty brutal absence policies) and even when I did make it in, PCS made it next to impossible to focus. For those who aren't familiar with PCS, depression is a pretty significant component and was something that was very present for me. Given that I already withdrew for a medical reason the previous semester, I didn't want to go through that again and was determined to finish the semester regardless of the outcome. At this point, I was debating dropping out of college all together and was just mentally drained from all of the failure. I  ended up earning an A-, B, B, C, D, and I failed a non-credit course. During the break between this semester and the next, my neurologist treated me for post-concussion syndrome and referred me to a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with ADD. After receiving treatment for both conditions, I received a 3.1 and a 3.5 respectively the next 2 semesters. I have 2 more semesters to go and am considering re-taking some of the C courses as well. As you can see, I will have spent 6 years total in undergrad, which obviously is rather embarrassing and certainly not what law schools are looking for. That said, I took a diagnostic cold and received a 150. I'm told that this is a decent sign and that by taking a year off and working with a private tutor, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect to increase 8-10 points. Given all of my w's and atrocious transcript, do I have any sort of shot at gaining admission to a law school? Keep in mind the following:

- I am a non traditional white student in my upper 20s.
- I have no aspirations of biglaw. I simply want to practice law. I am perfectly content with schools like Valparaiso, Dayton, etc. I know, really shooting for the stars, but this is the situation I'm in.
- Does an upward trend here help erase some of the negativity?

I've read the site a bunch and appreciate all the information provided by everyone. That said, I can assure you that I'm not going to throw a temper tantrum if someone presents me with news that would be perceived as negative. I would appreciate it if you are honest. If law school is something that won't be in my cards, this is something I will have to accept and would rather do so sooner rather than later.

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