7 F's, 7 W's, 1 no-show lsat, 1 canceled lsat

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7 F's, 7 W's, 1 no-show lsat, 1 canceled lsat

Postby jediknight2424 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:47 pm

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Re: 7 F's, 7 W's, 1 no-show lsat, 1 canceled lsat

Postby masked kavana » Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:01 pm

I'm on the same boat.. a bunch of F's and D's and W's first couple of years of school and then changed up and repeated every class but ended up with a 2.49 at the end of the lsac calculations... my point?

go for it and ED write an addendum about your grades (or better yet write a personal statement that ties into your addendum about how you turned everything around) no reason not to

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Re: 7 F's, 7 W's, 1 no-show lsat, 1 canceled lsat

Postby tennisking88 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:08 pm

jediknight2424 wrote:On my transcript, I have 7 F's and 7 W's. There is an overall upward trend with 4.0's in my past two semesters (summer, spring). Cumulative LSAC GPA is 3.04.

My first lsat, I got a 163. The second I was absent. The third I canceled. The fourth I got a 173.

I'm a totally different student now, but for the vast majority of my college career I've been inconsistent. Part of the reason is because I worked a lot of hours to pay for school (especially when I lost my scholarship) and held leadership positions outside of school. I didn't manage my time effectively and kept digging myself into a hole by taking on more than I could handle. If I were an admissions officer, I probably wouldn't take a chance on me.


Any suggestions on what I might put in my addendum? Any steps I should take in general to make my case?

Also-- my plan is to early decision Virginia-- do you think I should just scrap that and ED a lower ranked school?


I would put exactly what you said above into the addendum (minus the admission officer part). Emphasize your upward trend & great LSAT score. Write a two-line addendum for your 2nd & 3rd LSATs. As for ED, I don't know if there's a much better option to ED to lower on in rank. My first thought was Northwestern but it sounds like you're applying from UG. I think VA is a solid ED choice. Maybe Michigan or Penn?

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Re: 7 F's, 7 W's, 1 no-show lsat, 1 canceled lsat

Postby 5ky » Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:09 pm

I think UVA is probably a good use of your ED, and normally I'd say you had a pretty good chance. That being said, you have an ugly academic record. It might not keep you out, but I think it's a wild card and will make your cycle somewhat unpredictable.

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Re: 7 F's, 7 W's, 1 no-show lsat, 1 canceled lsat

Postby jediknight2424 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:15 am

Thanks a lot for the responses. I'll probably stick with the ED to Virginia. I've been having the same thoughts as Sky, I ended up getting a lot of fee waivers so I'll be applying to a lot of schools and hoping I hit something in the top 30.

If anyone else has suggestions they would be much appreciated.

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Re: 7 F's, 7 W's, 1 no-show lsat, 1 canceled lsat

Postby bp shinners » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:22 pm

You're exactly the type of person that addenda are designed for.

Your LSAT score raises my interest in why your GPA is low. I look at your transcript, and I see it's horrendous at the beginning, great at the end. I want to know why that happened.

If you can write an addenda that shows the recent years are who you are now, and there's no risk of slipping back into the old habits, I think you'll find a few adcomms willing to take a chance on you. From your initial post, it seems you've got the right attitude down for the addendum, so capture that spirit in the essay.




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