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Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 27, 2008, 11:43:13 PM »
A fair warning that I really dislike the proliferation of addenda (IMO, they are whiny, and 95% of them make the author sound entitled and obnoxious), so take this advice with a grain of salt.

I think addenda should only be used for circumstances outside of your control. For example - if you came down with mono in the middle of the semester, if you suddenly had to become a caretaker for a grandparent or child, if you lost your scholarship and had to work fulltime to support yourself, if someone close to you died on the morning of the LSAT, etc.

Adjusting to college isn't really addendum worthy. I mean, what are you going to say that will really enhance your application? Many freshmen have a hard time adjusting; the circumstance isn't novel, nor is it something that was really earthshattering enough to seriously justify lower grades. It is what it is. There's nothing to explain.

i was very much of the same opinion as you, but then i read Anna ivey's book and she says difficult-adjustment-college-omg (lol, scratch the 'omg') addenda are okay.  in fact, i think she says they're good.  granted anna ivey isn't the end all be all of the admissions process, but i figure her word's pretty good?  idk i (and she) could be dead wrong though.  

the strange thing with me is that when i hear ppl say they had mono or something, i always feel a bit suspicious.  i guess its the cynic in me.  but i feel like Adcomms *must* feel a bit suspicious about all the mono-addenda they read.. no?  idk, what are your opinions?  

Probably depends on how severe the mono is. I had mono in my freshman winter but I could still go to class and got good grades.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Updated Transcript?
« on: December 27, 2008, 11:41:21 PM »
My before/after senior fall GPAs are practically identical to yours. I'd say it probably isn't necessary, but it can't hurt. I submitted mine because I had a really bad junior spring and wanted to show an improvement in grades, but your circumstances might be different. I also discovered an error that the LSAC had made on my transcript around the same time, so I figured that they would need to send a new transcript anyway.

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Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 27, 2008, 11:38:13 PM »

I have a major upward trend in grades. I was tripled in a double room my freshmen year and my grades reflect that. I went from a 2.60 my freshmen year to a 3.45 my sophomore year and then junior and senior year Ive made dean's list about 4 times with grades averaging around a 3.7 for 4 consecutive semesters.

 ::) ::) ::)

I would NOT suggest using that as an addendum. A 3.4 is a perfectly respectable GPA. You'll be fine.

i gots a question! (sorry a bit unrelated to the OP)

i wrote an addendum for an upward GPA trend, this isn't a good idea?  my frosh year grades are 0.3 lower than my overall GPA, which granted isn't as impressive a jump as the OP (props), but i just want the adcomm to know my circumstances..aka, i hard a difficult time adjusting to college.  is that just super lame, or okay to leave in my app?

They like upward grade trends in admissions and most likely expect them, so you don't need to explain it, especially for such a small difference. My freshman fall grades weren't my best, but that's life.

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Hey all,

I was wondering if any of you had sent law schools additional information after your application had gone complete, but before your applications went to decision.  I just got a really good professional recommendation written recently, and would like to also attach a ds, and some why (insert school here)? essays.  Please let me know if you guys think this is a good idea, or would reflect poorly upon sending in information "late".  Thanks.



If it helps, I sent an additional essay to two of my schools after my apps were sent in (I got one of them in before my complete date, though). So far I haven't heard back from them. I called each school beforehand though and asked if they would accept the essay, and I sent a short letter with it calling it "additional information". I personally don't think it can hurt, especially if it's something that tells something new about you. I wouldn't send a lot though.

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This is a little off topic, but does Chicago like optional essays (diversity, "why Chicago", etc)? It said on their website that anything longer than two or three pages would have to be particularly compelling to be worth reading, so I just submitted my regular personal statement. Now that decisions are coming, I'm starting to second guess myself, especially since my numbers are on the low end. If they do take optional essays, I kind of regret not sending one, especially since my undergrad work revolved around law and economics, Coase theorem, blah blah blah. Thanks!

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Law School Admissions / Re: Georgetown Holiday Card- Am I in?
« on: December 26, 2008, 04:57:18 PM »
You're in.

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If you ever get bored with law school:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_and_Loeb

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and now for serious responses...

Well, it's kind of a useless question. If you get a 174 are you not going to apply? Just apply and see.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Did I wait too long?!
« on: December 24, 2008, 01:02:26 PM »
So I just submitted two applications today without transcripts and the new LSAT score. My first set of transcripts were sent out last Friday; the next set (from a different university) will be sent out tomorrow and should take about a week or two to be processed onto the website. If I call and ask the schools to hold my application until all of those things are received, do you think it'll take long for them to read and process my application? Did I wait too late?

Someone help me please!

Along similar lines, will letting a school know you submitted fall term grades bump you out of line in the review process because they have to review new information? My transcripts were sent to the LSAC before the 19th, so I think I should be in good shape anyway.


One of my transcripts is being processed according to LSAC but the second set which is from a different university hasnt been received yet. So hopefully everything should get in soon. Everything should be ok! I'm waiting for my new scores as well. I hope your items get in on time as well!!

Good Luck!! Keep me updated!

Yeah, I hate this process. I can't wait until it's over.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Did I wait too long?!
« on: December 24, 2008, 09:54:38 AM »
So I just submitted two applications today without transcripts and the new LSAT score. My first set of transcripts were sent out last Friday; the next set (from a different university) will be sent out tomorrow and should take about a week or two to be processed onto the website. If I call and ask the schools to hold my application until all of those things are received, do you think it'll take long for them to read and process my application? Did I wait too late?

Someone help me please!

Along similar lines, will letting a school know you submitted fall term grades bump you out of line in the review process because they have to review new information? My transcripts were sent to the LSAC before the 19th, so I think I should be in good shape anyway.

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