Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

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Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

Postby icechicken » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:33 pm

Hey friends,

edit: Thanks to everyone who responded earlier. Edited to minimize the chance of someone identifying me based on the fairly-specific things I discussed.
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Re: Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

Postby IExistedOnceBefore » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:39 pm

This is the kind of situation where you meet with your school about non-punitive retroactive withdrawals. Explain how it will help you to continue on the path your on.

I am sorry for your loss.

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Re: Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

Postby waldorf » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:47 pm

IExistedOnceBefore wrote:This is the kind of situation where you meet with your school about non-punitive retroactive withdrawals. Explain how it will help you to continue on the path your on.

I am sorry for your loss.


+1.

Someone can answer your first couple of questions better than I can, but I'm not sure I'd write an addendum if the effect of your mother's suicide lasted four semesters. It might raise a red flag if adcoms think that any difficult event will have such a lasting effect. However, using what you learned from your mother's death and how you have chosen to move forward, you could write an excellent personal statement.

I lost my father, so I know how unbelievably difficult it is to lose a parent. I am so sorry for your loss, and I wish you all the best.

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Re: Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

Postby Platopus » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:13 pm

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Re: Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

Postby rpupkin » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:31 pm

I'm sorry about your mother. Here are some answers to your questions, as well as some unsolicited advice:

1. I would write an addendum, but it's not likely to make a difference. You're still probably going to get admitted (and rejected) in line with your numbers.

2. I'm not sure your instincts about the LSAT are correct. The higher the score the better, but the difference between, say, a 176 and a 178 is very marginal, especially for the schools where you'll have a shot.

3. Don't get hung up on schools that are out of reach due to your GPA. The difference between the schools you may not be able to get into (e.g., Chicago, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU) and the schools you have a shot at getting into (e.g., Michigan, NU, Penn, UVA) is too small to worry about.

Now for the unsolicited advice: don't go to law school right after undergrad. Work for at least a couple of years first. You'll be a better law student (and a much better lawyer) if you work in a job--any job--for a decent period of time before law school.

Good luck.

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Re: Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

Postby icechicken » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:01 am

Thank you all for your responses.

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Re: Serious GPA Troubles - How Can I Salvage This?

Postby Damage Over Time » Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:56 am

If you're able to get your GPA up to 3.3-3.4 and can produce a high 170s score, you'll have some decent options. Focus on your mental health and grades for now, and reevaluate your law school options closer to graduation. It will probably be to your benefit to take some time off between undergrad and law school, but in any event, take it one day at a time for now.

Best of luck, I'm pulling for you.



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