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Postby HopefullyLaw » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:58 pm

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby bk1 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:01 pm

Unless you get hit by a car on your way to the test, or something of a similar nature, don't write an LSAT addendum.

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby KibblesAndVick » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:05 pm

If law schools agreed with what you wrote they wouldn't place such a huge emphasis on the LSAT.

You need to explain why the LSAT doesn't reflect your personal abilities, not why the LSAT is a crock of shit. If you have a history of low test scores or some other objective criteria that would suggest the LSAT discriminates against you then you should highlight that. If you think the LSAT is a dumb way to judge applicants you're SOL.

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby Barbie » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:10 pm

do not send that !! :shock:

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby Dany » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:11 pm

Barbie wrote:do not send that !! :shock:

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby 094320 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:16 pm

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby McNulty » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:23 pm

Wow. Admissions committees openly place great emphasis on the LSAT. An addendum which states that the LSAT is BS might not be taken seriously, no?

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby dooterdude11 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:37 pm

Really, don't write this. It only says: I couldn't perform well so I'm trying to draw your attention away from "numbers."

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:59 pm

HopefullyLaw wrote:Questions with pre-determined answers command regurgitation. Such practices do not accurately represent reality for myself as an academic. The situations I hope to encounter in law school and as a legal professional resemble a large array of diversity. Legal cases involve more than the memorization and recitation of facts; they require both pragmatic and philosophical approaches to unique demands.


Don't know why no one pointed this out yet, but the LSAT is not a test that commands "regurgitation" or "memorization and recitation of facts."

Your addendum would not work. At all.

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby Marionberry » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:04 pm

Of course we're beating a dead horse at this point, but...

" should my LSAT score be lower than what I hope for in regard to specific schools, I feel an addendum would be necessary"

you feel incorrectly.

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby 094320 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:22 pm

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby MiamiUG » Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:07 am

HopefullyLaw wrote:So, I have yet to take the LSAT. However, I like to plan for all scenarios. I don't want to write an addendum where I provide bland examples of how standardized tests and I do not bode well. Please give me some thoughts on the below addendum and should my LSAT score be lower than what I hope for in regard to specific schools, I feel an addendum would be necessary. Thank you in advance.

Addendum - LSAT Score
Scores from standardized tests often become equated with success or failure. Questions with pre-determined answers command regurgitation. Such practices do not accurately represent reality for myself as an academic. The situations I hope to encounter in law school and as a legal professional resemble a large array of diversity. Legal cases involve more than the memorization and recitation of facts; they require both pragmatic and philosophical approaches to unique demands. Numbers do matter, but I do not think numbers properly predict the intellectual capabilities of those who seek to immerse themselves in legal studies. For these reasons, I ask the Law School to place trust in my academic record, professional experience and my promise to promote intellectual curiosity at every available opportunity. I humbly request that your organization grant acceptance of my application for admission to your fine academic institution.


I don't see how anyone in their right mind could think that this is a reasonable approach to an addendum. Law school officials aren't going to read this and say "ya know, I never looked at it that way before!" There have been plenty of critics of the heavy use of the LSAT in admissions, I don't think these schools need more whining and moaning from applicants who are supposed to be trying to impress them. /

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:09 am

You didn't need to state it, as it is very clear that you haven't yet taken the LSAT.

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby SullaFelix » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:13 am

HopefullyLaw wrote:So, I have yet to take the LSAT. However, I like to plan for all scenarios. I don't want to write an addendum where I provide bland examples of how standardized tests and I do not bode well. Please give me some thoughts on the below addendum and should my LSAT score be lower than what I hope for in regard to specific schools, I feel an addendum would be necessary. Thank you in advance.

Addendum - LSAT Score
Scores from standardized tests often become equated with success or failure. Questions with pre-determined answers command regurgitation. Such practices do not accurately represent reality for myself as an academic. The situations I hope to encounter in law school and as a legal professional resemble a large array of diversity. Legal cases involve more than the memorization and recitation of facts; they require both pragmatic and philosophical approaches to unique demands. Numbers do matter, but I do not think numbers properly predict the intellectual capabilities of those who seek to immerse themselves in legal studies. For these reasons, I ask the Law School to place trust in my academic record, professional experience and my promise to promote intellectual curiosity at every available opportunity. I humbly request that your organization grant acceptance of my application for admission to your fine academic institution.


Isn't that precious. I bet they never considered that before. Well, at least you're the one unique applicant for whom such reasoning applies.

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Re: LSAT Score - Possible Addendum

Postby SullaFelix » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:17 pm

HopefullyLaw wrote:Such practices do not accurately represent reality for myself as an academic.


Also, thinking about this a little more than it deserves, this line — and it's implicit dishonesty — really bothers me. Will standardized tests represent reality for you if you perform well?

Legal cases involve more than the memorization and recitation of facts


Also — the LSAT doesn't require memorization and recitation of facts.

This addendum would get you rejected at every school you apply to without a second thought.




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