« on: July 14, 2008, 04:49:07 PM »
Well, I transferred out of UDSL, so I feel for you if that is the case.
Your situation is unique enough where I am not sure if anyone on this board would have any concrete advice for you. If you have some schools in mind based your LSAT/GPA and region, I think the best bet would be to call the Admissions Dean and have a frank chat. I have found admissions offices to be relatively frank places, so I don't think they would jerk you around either way.
The only advice I might offer is that if you are in a position of having to plead your case, I would avoid the details of the 1L. 1L sucks for everyone and if you attempt to justify how terrible it was, it might sound like you are making excuses. You seem to be pretty level headed so I probably would just say that it was the wrong program at the wrong time in your life.
I only mention this because I worked as the pre-law adviser for the ugrads at my school this year and whenever they had to submit a statement of academic clarification (explaining one semester with a atypically terrible gpa), it always was irritating when they would attempt to explain it away in terms of the difficulty of course work, spiteful TAs, etc. The best statements were always the shortest and most contrite.
Best of luck to you.