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Law School Admissions / Re: GPA addendum - please review & give input
« on: October 12, 2009, 08:16:09 PM »
oh yes, thanks for that correction. I did find the tone quite storybookish, as you mentioned. I thought I would try to make the mood a little different to take a bit of attention away from the poor GPAs  ;D

Law School Admissions / GPA addendum
« on: October 12, 2009, 04:16:40 PM »
Oct. 15 update:
I gave all your suggestions some thought, added some new content, and made a new addendum. If there is new feedback, please do share! Thanks all for your help.

- Computer Engineering, GPAs: 2.57, 2.45, 2.21, 3.90 --> cGPA 2.76

GPA Addendum
    When I first entered university, my academic performance differed sharply from my expectations. I attribute this partly to the attitude that I had brought along from my high school days. Back in high school, I was relatively advantaged, often attaining desirable grades with comparatively little studying. This attitude was immature, and while it may have worked in high school, it certainly did not for university. My scores plummeted. The traumatizing effect of this downfall was especially felt for someone who previously had an unblemished academic record.

    I made attempts to recover from this fall, but they were ultimately not very successful. For one, I upgraded the compulsory computer introduction courses into advanced ones because I wanted to push myself harder. The brave endeavour turned disastrous when I was putting in most of my efforts towards passing the advanced courses, leaving me little time for other courses.

    Another course that significantly impacted my other courses was the yearlong design project course. A group of 3 members were tasked with the responsibility of creating an electromechanical robot for packing eggs. Without being too specific, I found myself working on many things outside my responsibilities. I was very excited about the project and did not mind completing some of my teammates' tasks, but this inevitably cut deeply into the time I had for other work.

    The first, important change came after third year when I enrolled in the engineering co-op program. Working in IBM, I was given a fresh start to prove myself. I worked hard and ultimately made good friends, satisfied colleagues, and improved the team’s operations even after my departure. The reference letter from my IBM mentor—XXXXXX—describes some of my experiences at IBM.

    The internship was a transformative experience that restored my motivation and confidence. I brought these qualities back to school when I went back for my fourth and final year. Working hard paid off, and my grades went up substantially. I wish I had encountered such a maturing experience earlier, but I am grateful that at least it occurred early enough to give me a chance for proving myself in the final year.

how do I find out if a school needs LORs at time of applying? I checked some school sites and couldn't find this info.

My professors have already mailed out the LOR's, but they're not registered on LSAC yet. If I aim for the Oct. 15 EA deadline, can I submit the application with only:
1. common info form
2. primary app form
3. personal statement/other attachments

and without:
1. Sep LSAT score and
2. LOR's


If not, what is the minimum set of documents/forms needed to submit the online application?

Thanks for your feedback.

I'm not sure whether the last paragraph would be suitable

"Today, I carry on the Native American culture and values my family embraced. As an attorney, I desire..."

Also, might there be other native people that DO wear bonnets/have arrows? Just because the symbol did not represent you, maybe it represents others. You seem to say that the symbol is unrepresentative of any group.

I think the story is good, but I'm not sure if it is diverse enough... (I'm stuck at my div. statement too)

Actually, given a 170 and 2.6, his index scores for the following schools are:

UC Davis (rank 35): 6.818 (25/median/75 are 6.687/6.826/6.965)
W&Lee (rank 30): 66.840 (64.210/69.159/74.108)

So given a 170+ score, it is reasonable to expect admittance in the t40 range.
Indiana would probably take a 170/2.6 too.


I'm in a hurry is because I hope UVA can give me a decision by Oct. 30. If I am rejected or deferred to the normal cycle, at least I can immediately send in ED application to another school that has the deadline on Oct 31.

This way I can apply to 2 ED programs without breaking contracts, maximizing my chances to get into a reach school.

I haven't submitted my online application because I'm still waiting for the LOR's to get to LSAC
Despite this, should I mail in the UVA ED form? Will they keep it on file until my electronic app arrives?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT DONE...FIRST POST!
« on: October 07, 2009, 08:40:06 PM »
this waiting is killing me...

Law School Admissions / Private and Public school
« on: October 06, 2009, 09:53:35 PM »
Should I concern with this distinction? What important differences are there?

** comparing schools with similar ranks **

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