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Law School Admissions / academic probation addendum
« on: November 29, 2008, 07:30:17 PM »
Here's the situation:
I am doing Teach For America right now and applying to law schools for next fall, when my two year commitment is complete.  Part of the Teach For America program was a certification program through a local diploma mill university.  It did not result in a degree, just facilitated my certification to teach.  I took three terms worth of classes, 2-3 per term while working full time (which as a first year teacher meant 80+ hours/week).  The first semester of teaching was the worst 4 months of my life and I frequently prioritized my students' needs (and my needs for things like sleep and food) above my grad school work.  I had a 2.83 GPA (an A-, a B-, and a C-) and was put on academic probation for second semester, as they do to any grad student with a GPA below 3.0.  I pulled straight A's after that and have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 (still .4 below my undergrad, but respectable).  I wasn't going to write an addendum because it seems extraneous to write one for a program that didn't grant a  degree, is not related to law, and was an obligation to enroll in as part of TFA.  But, on applications, most ask for an explanation of any probation by any institution.
So, include an addendum, or not?  thoughts?

I know it's late in the game.  But, I'd like to get some feedback and I'd be happy to read anything of yours that needs reading.

Law School Admissions / fee waivers two years after taking LSAT
« on: September 28, 2008, 02:57:43 PM »
I took the LSAT October of 2006, got all the mailings and waivers, applied, and then decided to do Teach for America for two years.  So I'm reapplying this year and wondering how to go about finding the fee waiver offers I got the first time around.  I got a few e-mails last year (fall 2007) but have only had one this year.  Is it a lost cause?  Is there something I need to update to bump my name up in LSAC?

Law School Admissions / random addendum question
« on: October 23, 2006, 09:54:08 PM »
I know everyone hates these, but I'm curious.

How common are addendums not related to GPA or LSAT?  For instance, would it be appropriate to include an explanation of my two interdisciplinary majors?  I've taken classes in close to 20 different disciplines, so I could leave it to the adcomms to read the titles of the classes and not just the course rubrics (ECON, SOC, PS, GWS etc.) and figure out they're all international or gender related, but it makes me nervous to do so.  To me, my transcript looks confusing.  Would this clarify my program of study, or just add one more thing to an already time-crunched application review?

I should just send the bloody things and be done with it.

Studying for the LSAT / random question
« on: September 24, 2006, 11:55:27 AM »
for people who have taken the test before, can you see what the next section is by looking at the last page of the section before it?  as much as I try to avoid it, in the books of preptests the paper is flimsy enough that you can see what the next section is, so I start thinking about it during any extra time I have.  wondering how realistic this is.

I've got a rough draft of a PS that I might end up using as a diversity statement for some schools.  I'm stuck right now and looking for feedback.  Anyone willing to read it?  I'm happy to swap, too, if you've got one.

Studying for the LSAT / scores getting progressively worse
« on: September 01, 2006, 05:20:14 PM »
I started off my LSAT prep mid-summer taking a test cold- no prep, without looking at anything- and got a 167.  I've been studying and taking tests ever since, but my scores have gotten worse each time since then.  My latest was 161.  What the hell is going on?  has anyone else had anything like this?

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