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Law School Application Question

Postby californiabeauar » Tue May 24, 2011 12:33 am

I worked part-time throughout college while remaining full-time but took a minimal course load. I want to make explicit that I wasn't a college slacker that took minimal classes to get 'A's' but I was required to make time for work in order to support myself. Is there a simple box/space I check on the application or should I attach an addendum to my transcript?

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby Knock » Tue May 24, 2011 12:35 am

californiabeauar wrote:I worked part-time throughout college while remaining full-time but took a minimal course load. I want to make explicit that I wasn't a college slacker that took minimal classes to get 'A's' but I was required to make time for work in order to support myself. Is there a simple box/space I check on the application or should I attach an addendum to my transcript?


There is usually space to list work experience and on some applications, number of hours worked per week. You could submit an addendum, but it's unnecessary. Schools won't care at all that you took a minimal course load, especially since you remained a full-time student the whole time.

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby californiabeauar » Tue May 24, 2011 12:37 am

thanks for the reply!

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby blsingindisguise » Tue May 24, 2011 12:39 am

californiabeauar wrote:I worked part-time throughout college while remaining full-time but took a minimal course load. I want to make explicit that I wasn't a college slacker that took minimal classes to get 'A's' but I was required to make time for work in order to support myself. Is there a simple box/space I check on the application or should I attach an addendum to my transcript?


Tip for both apps and life: the less you explain away, the better, i.e. don't be defensive about things that you aren't being pressed on. A really low gpa might be something to preemptively explain, but a light course load is not.

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby Corwin » Tue May 24, 2011 1:02 am

From my understanding a minimal course load is not something you need to explain away as long as you were fulltime. That said, it definitely is useful to communicate that you worked all through college.

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby Dany » Tue May 24, 2011 1:53 am

Corwin wrote:That said, it definitely is useful to communicate that you worked all through college.

Just to clarify, there is a place to do this on application forms, OP. There's no need to write an addendum.

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby jdMission » Tue May 24, 2011 1:24 pm

This is a great question. Although there may be an opportunity to check a box to explain that you worked through college, it might make sense to write an addendum. You do not want to apologize for your minimal course load, but you may want to take the opportunity to talk about balancing work and college and the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. This way you are leaving the admissions committee with a positive message about your determined character. Good luck to you!

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Postby bgdddymtty » Tue May 24, 2011 1:38 pm

jdMission wrote:This is a great question. Although there may be an opportunity to check a box to explain that you worked through college, it might make sense to write an addendum. You do not want to apologize for your minimal course load, but you may want to take the opportunity to talk about balancing work and college and the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. This way you are leaving the admissions committee with a positive message about your determined character. Good luck to you!

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby kwais » Tue May 24, 2011 1:58 pm

jdMission wrote:This is a great question. Although there may be an opportunity to check a box to explain that you worked through college, it might make sense to write an addendum. You do not want to apologize for your minimal course load, but you may want to take the opportunity to talk about balancing work and college and the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. This way you are leaving the admissions committee with a positive message about your determined character. Good luck to you!

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby shoeshine » Tue May 24, 2011 2:05 pm

jdMission wrote:This is a great question. Although there may be an opportunity to check a box to explain that you worked through college, it might make sense to write an addendum. You do not want to apologize for your minimal course load, but you may want to take the opportunity to talk about balancing work and college and the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. This way you are leaving the admissions committee with a positive message about your determined character. Good luck to you!

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby Ginj » Tue May 24, 2011 2:08 pm

jdMission wrote:This is a great question. Although there may be an opportunity to check a box to explain that you worked through college, it might make sense to write an addendum. You do not want to apologize for your minimal course load, but you may want to take the opportunity to talk about balancing work and college and the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. This way you are leaving the admissions committee with a positive message about your determined character. Good luck to you!

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby californiabeauar » Tue May 24, 2011 9:57 pm

to write an addendum or not? tis the question.

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby Dany » Tue May 24, 2011 9:59 pm

californiabeauar wrote:to write an addendum or not? tis the question.

No. It's not the question. The answer is just "no."

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Re: Law School Application Question

Postby kalvano » Tue May 24, 2011 10:09 pm

They are going to look at your LSAC GPA and that's about it. They don't really care how you get there unless you are applying to HYS.




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