Is it so bad to talk about something in the PS that...

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Is it so bad to talk about something in the PS that...

Postby lsatextreme » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:38 pm

...should only be addressed in the addendum? I know that a popular notion is exactly this, because the addendum should strictly discuss the glaring issues and your PS should discuss honest life experiences and intent, but for me, I can't see how they wouldn't go hand in hand.

Before people start holding up pitchforks, I must say that my LSAC GPA is rather bad. And this isn't some oh I fucked around a little in college and my GPA got a dent, I'm talking a full on collision. So low that I'd rather not specify specifically here because of the sheer amount of people who would proceed to question why I'm even bothering to apply to law school.

So as an admissions officer looking at numbers such as mine, they might wonder what makes this person so special that they'd even consider applying to a school like ours, and I feel like I would turn to the personal statement (addendum too obviously) to give an explanation and/or circumstances that would have led to such a dismal number and perhaps to figure out how serious I am about going to law school. As I'm sitting here brainstorming ideas for a PS, I can't help but feel that my PS should somehow devote some aspect or overarching subject that at least touches on such a low performance somehow.

I know this is looked down upon by most because it will tend to sound like I'm giving an excuse and even the addendum shouldn't even give an excuse so wtf u doin, but is it really so bad? I mean, if you can fathom for a second how bad my gpa might be, then would I qualify for that special group of people who would actually be better off discussing such a glaring issue like that in a PS for law school?

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Re: Is it so bad to talk about something in the PS that...

Postby Veyron » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:43 pm

A) a PS that shows your work ethic
B) A PS that shows how you preservered in spite of chronic disease that is now over and managed in spite of it all to finish college.

Seriously thou, why set yourself up for a life of debt and misery? Is your dad a partner or something?

Or put another way:

Mother, tell your children, not to do what I have done... spend your lives in sin and misery... in the house, of the ri-sing sun!


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Re: Is it so bad to talk about something in the PS that...

Postby 12262010 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:48 pm

acquire and maintain a real job for several years if you haven't done this already. then talk about that in your applications.

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