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I know I'm a bit late on this reply, but how about going to your school's law library and asking a reference librarian?  Your school probably subscribes to some law-related databases that would be extremely helpful with your paper, and the librarian would be able to help you.

My thought is that if you got the 2.0 before your ADHD diagnosis and you're getting treatment, disclosing it would explain why you believe you'd do well in law school despite having a low UGPA.

I'm almost certain an S or CR for credit or pass whatever each school uses will neither hurt or help your UGPA. You can look on LSAC and they have detailed info about this type of question. Since an S is strange when you apply you might include a 2 sentence addendum explaining an S means you took the class pass/fail.

You're right about the UGPA -- a "S" grade is included as an "unconverted" grade and not figured into one's UGPA.  However, I wouldn't recommend an addendum.  The information on LSAC's grade conversion sheet indicates they're familiar with the "satisfactory/unsatisfactory" grading system.

-and yes leaving blanks is the same as lieing. (silent fraud)

Not necessarily.  You need to read the application.  If it's a "response optional" question, a blank is simply a non-response.

Studying for the LSAT / Score Release Details (a question)
« on: January 06, 2011, 07:49:06 AM »
If you have already received an LSAT score, I have a question for you:  On the release date, when are the scores released?  Are they available at 12:01 AM on the release date, or are they released after an e-mail is sent later in the day of the release date, or are they in the system at the close of business on the Friday before the release date, or...?

I just took a look at Hofstra's application and I think I see your problem.  You corrected the "Application Type" when they were asking for the "Applicant type."  In the upper right corner, they ask for information about the applicant (JD, JD/MBA, JD/MA, Transfer, Visitor).  Did you choose one of those options?

The only thing I'd add to the good advice you got from the PPs is that when requesting the LORs, make sure you let the recommendation writers know that their LORs will go to multiple schools.  Otherwise, they might mention a specific school.

Perhaps the OP is interested in entertainment law, in which case a music degree would be very relevant.   Or, perhaps, partway through the degree, the OP realized that a performance/history degree is very unlikely to put food on one's table, but since law schools tend to value a high GPA over a particular major, the OP decided to finish the degree.  (That's what I did, but I went into a different career.  Right now, I'm pursuing a law degree because I need an additional graduate degree to advance in my current career and I've always found law interesting.)

To the OP:  Try checking the Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools on the LSAC site.  Search by UGPA/LSAT and find schools where your numbers are well above average.  Then, go to Law School Numbers and see what type of financial aid those schools have been offering.

Law School Admissions / Re: LAW SCHOOL RESUME'
« on: December 21, 2010, 07:02:27 AM »
I used law school faculty curriculum vitae (vitaes?) as a pattern for mine.  So, in addition to work and education, I included a section with articles and book reviews I'd had published and presentations I'd given at professional conferences.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 140 by just putting C all the way down.
« on: December 14, 2010, 09:49:51 AM »
I'm already in, with a higher score, but I heard that and was wondering if it's true. I wonder since people here and on the street too will tell me how they got as low as a 130(or sometimes below) and it seems to me that you would have to be having a real hard time with the test if you received less than 140 if it were true.

Anyone have enough free time(and the money) to go test it for us?

There's no need to waste the time and money.  Just take one of the tests that has been released, go to the answer key, count the number of times "C" is the correct answer, and put that number into the chart that tells how many correct answers one needs to get to receive a given score.

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