To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

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To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

Postby rebel30 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:01 am

Was wondering whether or not I should write an LSAT addendum... The Friday prior to taking the LSAT on Monday, I had a cancer scare and had to undergo a certain procedure. Hence, my LSAT score is not at all what I intended it to be. My LSAC GPA is 4.09, but my LSAT score is in the 76th percentile. For the schools that I'm thinking of applying to, my GPA is always above the 95th percentile, while my LSAT score is usually in the 25th percentile or less.

On lawschoolpredictor.com, I am a strong consider at the school that I'm really hoping for.

Should I write an addendum explaining the circumstances (while also including medical records)?

Also, I chose not to take the LSAT again for a multitude of reasons. The primary reasons I chose not to retake are 1) I was writing my undergraduate thesis the entire year following this score, and 2) I've worked more than full-time for the past two years.

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Re: To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:04 am

It's a legit reason, but it would have much more strength with another, higher LSAT score. They can't just pretend you have a higher LSAT.

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Re: To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

Postby bp shinners » Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:56 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:It's a legit reason, but it would have much more strength with another, higher LSAT score. They can't just pretend you have a higher LSAT.


Exactly this.

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Re: To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

Postby WhiskeynCoke » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:28 pm

Also, I chose not to take the LSAT again for a multitude of reasons. The primary reasons I chose not to retake are 1) I was writing my undergraduate thesis the entire year following this score, and 2) I've worked more than full-time for the past two years.


There is NO JUSTIFICATION for not retaking the LSAT when you know you can do better. In fact, if you've taken it less than 3x and have ANY room for improvement there's no justification. This three digit number determines whether you go to HARVARD or COOLEY. How could you not try your hardest on the single most important determining factor for your entire future career (or lack thereof).

If you can't seem to justify retaking the LSAT, you have no business going to law school for the above reasons. If you won't work hard now, why bother? It makes NO SENSE.

RETAKE THE LSAT.... THEN write the addendum.

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Re: To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

Postby North » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:47 pm

WhiskeynCoke wrote:
Also, I chose not to take the LSAT again for a multitude of reasons. The primary reasons I chose not to retake are 1) I was writing my undergraduate thesis the entire year following this score, and 2) I've worked more than full-time for the past two years.


There is NO JUSTIFICATION for not retaking the LSAT when you know you can do better. In fact, if you've taken it less than 3x and have ANY room for improvement there's no justification. This three digit number determines whether you go to HARVARD or COOLEY. How could you not try your hardest on the single most important determining factor for your entire future career (or lack thereof).

If you can't seem to justify retaking the LSAT, you have no business going to law school for the above reasons. If you won't work hard now, why bother? It makes NO SENSE.

RETAKE THE LSAT.... THEN write the addendum.

There's a lot of (and maybe a little too much) hyperbole here, but he's not wrong. If you're applying next cycle, retake in June.

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Re: To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

Postby WhiskeynCoke » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:33 pm

There's a lot of (and maybe a little too much) hyperbole here


In regards to someone about to waste a 4.09 LSAC GPA (!!!) on a 150's LSAT score, who refuses to even attempt a retake, I can't imagine all the hyperbole in the world being enough. When the results of a single 3.5 hour test are enough to change the course of the entire rest of your life, hyperbole seems appropriate. Hit 170+ (or even high 160's) and you'll get tons of scholarship $$$ in the T14 and maybe even get HYS. Or, apply with your current score and put yourself 200k in debt at a TTT school with no job prospects.

You MUST appreciate the difference between these options and accept the inherent hyperbole of your situation. For god's sake, you owe it to yourself to at least TRY, don't you?! There's far too much at stake.

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Re: To write an addendum or not to write an addendum?

Postby Rahviveh » Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:17 pm

Please don't waste that 4.0




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