Two questions, all advice or comments appreciated:
1. I need to get out of the law school that I am currently at, but my grades are lackluster. There is also a vicious curve mean of 2.5, meaning that the average student will have a 2.5 GPA. I did considerably worse than the average student during the first semester, and hope to have about an average grade after this semester. In the gestalt, I doubt I will be able to transfer on merits alone. To cut to the chase, my first question is: Should I retake the LSAT in June to improve my chances of acceptance to the law school? Any subsequent LSDAS report reflecting the updated results would be released very close to the time that the admissions committee at that school would make their determination, if at all by that time.
2. I also would like to claim hardship. Would this be a valid factor in the admissions committee's determination? Has anyone ever done this? Specifically, I am clinically depressed at this location. I have two professionals who are prepared to submit affidavits to that effect. I also have a child on the way and am engaged to someone living closer to that school. Finally, financial hardship would be my last claim -- although that is probably the weaker of the three. If this is a valid factor, should I submit it as an addendum if there is no applicable question on the application, or should I reflect this is my personal statement absent guidelines to the contrary? Thanks for your advice, and if anyone has ever attempted this, please share.