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Thanks a lot; this is awesome.

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Law School Applications / Re: What have learned?
« on: December 28, 2008, 09:20:32 PM »
I like your rhymin' skillz, Lucas.

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Personal Statement / Re: Which diversity?
« on: December 28, 2008, 03:42:46 PM »
It can be about whatever you want to, even both of those. I wrote mine about all the different experiences I have had being a teacher. Just make sure you can talk about specifics. If you have any particularly vivid or transformative experiences with either of those, then try to work them in there.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: on resume, use UGPA or LSAC GPA?
« on: December 28, 2008, 02:07:58 AM »
she says it looks bad if you round or inflate your GPA (eg, writing 3.7 when your UGPA is 3.68, etc).  i dont see why that necessarily rules out using the LSAC gpa..but whatevs.

If it's that small of a difference, then I don't think it matters. They'll know that you just put the LSAC GPA on the resume. I used my LSAC GPA on my resume and I'm doing fine.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 28, 2008, 02:03:06 AM »
Well, to be fair, I live in a frat house now, so not much has changed. Freshman year was still abysmal, though.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 28, 2008, 01:52:47 AM »
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? 

For mono and other serious illnesses, people often submit additional documentation (ie. letters from deans or doctors) as corroboration. Mono is seriously debilitating (Mario Ancic, a former top 10 tennis player did not play for over a YEAR because of mono). I generally give people the benefit of the doubt on sickness. In fact, I personally would be more suspicious of an "hard time adjusting to college" addendum and see it as "I drank and partied for a year before I got my stuff together" in nicer words.

As for Ivey, it's a great resource, but there's a lot of stuff in there that is outdated (for example - her suggestion to send a hard copy of every application in addition to an electronic copy. that's just not necessary anymore). I believe partially due to Ivey and the rise in professional consulting, as well as increased reliance on prelaw advisors, addenda are on the rise. People are writing addenda about everything under the sun and it's not necessary.

Or you could have the "My freshman year roommate liked to smoke weed in the room with his friends at ungodly hours and snored louder than a chainsaw so I never got any sleep" addendum. Man, I hated freshman year.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 28, 2008, 01:43:13 AM »
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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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Updated Transcript?
« on: December 28, 2008, 01:41:21 AM »
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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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 28, 2008, 01:38:13 AM »

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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