- 1. I realize now that my GPA addendum implies that I'm unable to handle a top school (it mostly hones in on my struggle, rather than consequent success). After the edits it went through for regular decision apps, I know this is the wrong version to have sent.
2. I may not have adequately addressed the gap in full-time employment in my resume starting from early 2017 to present; however, I did include a part-time position that fills that time.
Option 1: UPDATE: My updated GPA addendum focuses on how I successfully moved past it and kicked ass -- it is MUCH stronger than the version I sent to CLS and if they saw this version I think they'd recognize my potential. This is a 1-paragraph statement plus the introductory bit (thank you for your time, I <3 CLS, etc.)
Option 2: LOCI: I've spent the majority of 2017 preparing to conduct independent research in another country. I wanted to do this before going to law school, so I did -- it just took me some time to get off the ground because I did it on my own without an institution or grant program sponsoring me. I moved after submitting my apps, so I wasn't positive at the time that it would happen. I don't want to give too much information here, but it's an unorthodox venture that explains what I've been doing with my time and shows my ability to turn my enthusiasm into results. This would be a 1-page statement, can't be made much shorter without cutting answers to inevitable questions (why are you doing this? why did it take so long? what have you been doing? what are you doing there?).
My gut is go with Option 2, but I'm worried about my shitty GPA addendum. Would really appreciate perspective and feedback on the approaches above. I played around with the idea of doing both (i.e. LOCI in email, see addendum attached), but I don't want to come off as though I'm desperately overcompensating, given that Option 2 will be longer than most LOCIs.
Thanks in advance!