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EMZE
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Postby EMZE » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:08 am

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bp shinners
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Re: Numbers addendum? 3.4/167

Postby bp shinners » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:14 pm

I'd skip the GPA one but write the LSAT one.

As you've said, the schools are aware that West Point isn't the same as other schools. On top of that, most people applying to top law schools (to which I'm assuming you're applying) spend more time on activities outside academia than most. I don't think your addendum here will be very convincing, or say anything more than, "I went to West Point, which is different than other schools."

For the LSAT one, I'd write it to explain the 10 point score jump, but I don't think you're going to get your 167 viewed as a possible 170+ because of the situation. I'd say in it that because of your career, hours can be a little crazy. Nothing changed between the two administrations, but you were more prepared for the balance you'd need between work and study, and that's reflected in your second score. Saying nothing changed gives the impression that you were still studying under less-than-ideal circumstances, and the adcomms can take that as they will. I wouldn't harp on it, though, and instead make the focus an explanation of the 10 point jump so it doesn't sound like you're trying to say your 167 isn't indicative of your abilities, which will probably fall on deaf ears.




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