Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

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Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby gimmybear » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:52 pm

So I am in a bit of a pickle. My GPA at my current school is about 3.65, and by the time I apply to law school it will be almost 3.8, and my LSAT scores are near-pefect. However, I completed all the high school course work a year early and my high school wouldn't let me do another year because I had completed all the graduation requirements, so I started taking college classes when I was sixteen, went to a UC for summer classes, and then started my freshman year of college at 17 at a college I hated. My transcripts from those events dampens my LSAC gpa dismally, even if I do really well in all of my classes between now and applying, it will still be about a 3.38. I also was diagnosed with ADD about 8 months ago, and since then (adderall life saver) my grades have been all A's, in the honors college, deans list with distinction. So I obviously have an upward trend (easily 1.0 higher from last semester at old school and first semester at new school), obviously there is a difference between the classes I took when I was younger than 18 and the classes I took afterwards, and my diagnosis obviously boosted my grades by quite a bit. Should I mention the age thing in an addendum, I was really young, and like I said going to a school I hated. It sounds like an excuse when I say it, but it really explains the difference in grades from old to new school. Also, I'm not sure whether mentioning my stupid youth is a good idea, since I'm applying for law school at 20, and I'm not sure how they'll feel about a younger student. Should I focus it more on the diagnosis? With great LSAT scores and an addendum, should I bother applying to HSY? Give me advice wise ones! :D

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby BriaTharen » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:57 pm

While the ADD diagnosis may be worth mentioning, I wouldn't focus on it. ADD is one of the most over-diagnosed disabilities in the country.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:49 pm

I cannot offer much advice about your proposed addendum other than to suggest that you practice writing your addendum in a clearer & more concise fashion if you want to attend Harvard, Yale or Stanford law schools. Congratulations on your LSAT score !

P.S. I don't know much about ADD. Was this condition present when you earned stellar grades in high school ? Or was it an "adult onset" condition ?

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby gimmybear » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:12 pm

Yeah, this isn't my addendum, just what I should be addressing. Mostly, I'm just wondering whether it's a good idea to talk about my young stupidity, considering that it means that they'll probably notice that I'm still pretty young to be applying for law school (I'm not quite sure if that's good or bad). My ADD was actually pretty noticeable in high school, I had mediocre grades then too (3.46 graduating about). In that regard, I think the ADD thing is pretty defendable, because it hasn't been up and down, it's been drastic change, but Bria is right that it's not unusual for student's to claim. So I'm more asking whether I should focus around young starting college, and put ADD on as something that maybe was part of it, or should I just stick to showing drastic medication benefits, and say that being in a bad college situation at a young age caused further problems, or should I not mention one of the two at all.

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Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:04 pm

Mention it in a brief statement that simply notes when you were diagnosed & that the medication seems to be working well as evidenced by your grades. Be brief.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby kkklick » Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:23 pm

Mention it briefly, law schools don't like excuses.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby dextermorgan » Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:57 pm

So it will be a 3.38 with a strong upward trend? I don't care how you explain it, that's how the adcomms will see it.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby justadude55 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:22 am

maybe your UG can remove the prior school from the transcript. i don't know if this violates anything, but if you listed all the schools you attended on the app like you're asked to, and submitted a transcript with only your school's grades, you'd be following all the rules i know from the admission counsel.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby 4for44 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:25 am

justadude55 wrote:maybe your UG can remove the prior school from the transcript. i don't know if this violates anything, but if you listed all the schools you attended on the app like you're asked to, and submitted a transcript with only your school's grades, you'd be following all the rules i know from the admission counsel.


No... Must provide LSAC with transcripts from every institution attended...

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby justadude55 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:27 am

i had an issue with LSAC cause one program i did in HS didnt give grades and my Apps were incomplete everywhere at the beginning. they suggested i have my school remove it, and resubmit a transcript.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby Na_Swatch » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:44 am

justadude55 wrote:i had an issue with LSAC cause one program i did in HS didnt give grades and my Apps were incomplete everywhere at the beginning. they suggested i have my school remove it, and resubmit a transcript.


The difference is that your HS didnt have grades for it. If you took college classes that had a grade, LSAC requires you to submit the transcript no matter what time you took it.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby joebloe » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:27 am

A thought to consider: adcomms may well know what Adderall is. Abuse of it and similar drugs is extremely common and has been extremely common on college campuses for decades. An addendum saying that your grades went up because you started taking Adderall essentially translates to, "I started taking amphetamines and my grades went, like, way up, man."

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to give you shit about ADHD. I'm assuming your diagnosis is proper and you have supporting documentation.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby Ragged » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:29 am

gimmybear wrote:So I am in a bit of a pickle. My GPA at my current school is about 3.65, and by the time I apply to law school it will be almost 3.8, and my LSAT scores are near-pefect. However, I completed all the high school course work a year early and my high school wouldn't let me do another year because I had completed all the graduation requirements, so I started taking college classes when I was sixteen, went to a UC for summer classes, and then started my freshman year of college at 17 at a college I hated. My transcripts from those events dampens my LSAC gpa dismally, even if I do really well in all of my classes between now and applying, it will still be about a 3.38. I also was diagnosed with ADD about 8 months ago, and since then (adderall life saver) my grades have been all A's, in the honors college, deans list with distinction. So I obviously have an upward trend (easily 1.0 higher from last semester at old school and first semester at new school), obviously there is a difference between the classes I took when I was younger than 18 and the classes I took afterwards, and my diagnosis obviously boosted my grades by quite a bit. Should I mention the age thing in an addendum, I was really young, and like I said going to a school I hated. It sounds like an excuse when I say it, but it really explains the difference in grades from old to new school. Also, I'm not sure whether mentioning my stupid youth is a good idea, since I'm applying for law school at 20, and I'm not sure how they'll feel about a younger student. Should I focus it more on the diagnosis? With great LSAT scores and an addendum, should I bother applying to HSY? Give me advice wise ones! :D


No, unless URM.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby justadude55 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 1:05 pm

joebloe wrote:A thought to consider: adcomms may well know what Adderall is. Abuse of it and similar drugs is extremely common and has been extremely common on college campuses for decades. An addendum saying that your grades went up because you started taking Adderall essentially translates to, "I started taking amphetamines and my grades went, like, way up, man."

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to give you shit about ADHD. I'm assuming your diagnosis is proper and you have supporting documentation.

that's ridiculous. if he needed the meds and has a prescription, adcoms won't think this.

i think ADHD is like any psychological disorder or physical disability....nobody cares as long as it does not influence your work so if your grades are now high, you should absolutely include that addendum.

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Re: Addendum (GPA/Disability/Age)

Postby joebloe » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:34 pm

justadude55 wrote:
joebloe wrote:A thought to consider: adcomms may well know what Adderall is. Abuse of it and similar drugs is extremely common and has been extremely common on college campuses for decades. An addendum saying that your grades went up because you started taking Adderall essentially translates to, "I started taking amphetamines and my grades went, like, way up, man."

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to give you shit about ADHD. I'm assuming your diagnosis is proper and you have supporting documentation.

that's ridiculous. if he needed the meds and has a prescription, adcoms won't think this.

i think ADHD is like any psychological disorder or physical disability....nobody cares as long as it does not influence your work so if your grades are now high, you should absolutely include that addendum.


Stating that you're chronically taking a drug with a very high potential for abuse does not paint a pretty picture. I'm not saying OP shouldn't write an addendum, but there are definitely better ways of wording it.




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