Thank you so much for reading this - any insights you have would be helpful!
I'm a first semester senior (I will be graduating next December rather than this May) and am in the process of looking at law schools. I feel that I am qualified to attend a well-regarded program, BUT I also have a substantial dilemma.
When I first started college I had a really serious eating disorder which prevented me from doing my best academically. I was at Villanova and during the 3 semesters which I spent there I had to withdraw 2x to receive treatment and I also failed 2 classes in the semester that I did complete, because I was just not well enough to focus on school.
I took time off to really ensure that I made a full recovery and returned to school a year later (I know go to American University, near my home in DC). Over the course of the past 6 semesters I have received all A's and 1 A-, leaving me with a 3.98 GPA. HOWEVER, I am understand that when I apply to schools that LSDAS will combine my GPAs and will report a significantly lower number, and I am very worried about this. I have been practicing for the LSAT and have gotten between 166-173 on all of the tests, so I hope to do similarly when I take the test in June. If I do perform well on the test, do you think that my lower GPA will hurt me? Or, would an addendum help to overcome this? I plan on writing something, but I am worried about what to say...I am completely well now but worry that disclosing a former mental illness will be very detrimental...
Fortunately, my goal is not to go to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, etc. I want to do advocacy work with juveniles and am applying to joint JD/MSW programs such as Washington University (St. Louis), UConn, Maryland, Catholic, and other reach schools like UVA. Duke, Georgetown, etc.
From your experiences, do you think that I am either selling myself short or over-anticipating my chances? I want to go to the best school that I can get into, but I'm still trying to figure out what that is...
Thanks so much!