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anyone else have an opinion on what is considered patronizing?

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either way a lot of w's is suspect. I mean what are they to say I realized that each semester i took on more than i could chew due to other obligations--or better yet i didnt like the professor who was teaching class?  I just think that with one W or two its your choice to explain or not to explain either way i don't think it matters.  However with "a lot" of w's I dont think there is ever going to be a satisfactory explanation--especially if the poster retook the same classes with an A.  It's as if he/she knew from the outset an A wouldnt have been earned with X professor so he/she waited for Y professor. A pattern of W's is not a good thing and any explanation would just draw more attention to the number of Ws.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Addendum for Withdrawal and F?
« on: August 25, 2005, 11:01:27 AM »
well, if you have an F on your transcript than this obviously is going to bring your GPA down a decent bit... I would definitely write an addendum to explain this!!

Perhaps I am in the minority here...but if the poster has above a 3.5 I would not write an addendum for one F. I think it would just draw attention to that grade.  Unless of course the op is applying to schools which specifically speak to a trend in grades as those schools tend to actually look at all courses taken and then MAYBE i could see explaining the F.  Otherwise I think many adcoms just see GPA and major and dont really get into oh he had 5 A's this semester ooh and here he had 2 as 2 bs and one f.. but by explaining one grade i think it causes them to pay more attention to the transcript and any cause for concern.

I also dont think addednums for W's are necessary if there is only one or two over the course of 4 years--any more and you definitely need to explain as it will look like one only stayed in courses that he/she knew he/she could ace.

like i said i may be in the minority--so hopefully more people will comment

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Law School Admissions / Re: A quick question
« on: August 24, 2005, 10:07:22 PM »
It's saturated if you don't attend an "elite" school.  I will let others define "elite."

I'm not sure I would go quite that far-- I think certain markets are extremely saturated--in other areas of the country a jd from a less than elite school will still fare well.

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But, by writing an addendum, doesn't one risk drawing attention to something that the adcomm's wouldnt have noticed anyway?

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thank you -- makes me feel much better  :)

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why?  will they calculate the highschool gpa?  If you earned a 5 on the AP exam does it really matter that you only earned a C in the highschool?   

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Law School Admissions / Withdrawals?
« on: August 23, 2005, 12:56:33 PM »
I withdrew from a class and have a W on my transcript. My university does not factor this into gpa--will lsdas?  also what does lsdas do with p/f classes?

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The personal statement is the adcoms chance to evaluate a student's writing ability as well as gain some insight into his/her personality, motivation etc.  If you feel that your essay allows that opportunity then don't worry about an "anti-law" school vibe.  However, most people who have written "stellar" essays, can concisely and accurately sum up the essay in one or two sentences without using the phrase "or something along those lines". Perhaps, you should focus more on the adversity and your triumph over them.. If you feel it is necessary then talk about how the struggle over the adversity affected your "best laid plans" and viewpoint but I'd drop the pseudo-intellectual slant of social relativity or as you expressed "no true nature at all".  Just from your blurb, I don't think it would convey "deep thought" nor am I certain that it would really help your chances. 

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yes.  schools begin the new cycle of mailing in early september or after the october lsat.  expect the deluge of mail at that time.

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