LSAT addendum?

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Indebted
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LSAT addendum?

Postby Indebted » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:56 am

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Re: LSAT addendum?

Postby WhatSarahSaid » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:07 am

Congrats on the 180.

I'd suggest an addendum just because a ten-point jump is pretty big. If you look at the quotes at the bottom of http://www.top-law-schools.com/retaking-the-lsat.html , you'll see quotes like:

NYU: "...they evaluate based on the average score in most cases. The Committee may take special circumstances into account. If a candidate can point out specific reasons why the Committee should consider an LSAT score aberrant, they should detail those reasons in an addendum to the personal statement."

UPenn: "However, if there is a significant difference between an applicant's highest and lowest LSAT score (more than 4 or 5 points) the applicant should address this discrepancy in an addendum to his or her application."

Michigan: "If you have a significant disparity between scores (six or more points), it would be very helpful to address any explanation for the difference in an optional essay or addendum."

Virginia: "...we encourage applicants with a significant difference in LSAT scores to include with their application any information that may be relevant to the interpretation of test results"

Duke: "...Data show that the average score is generally the most useful in predicting law school performance. However, Duke may place greater weight on a high score if the applicant provides compelling information about why that score is a better indication of his or her potential."

I don't know where you're applying, but it seems that quite a few places like an explanation.

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Re: LSAT addendum?

Postby pinkzeppelin » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:09 am

It depends on what your addendum is going to say. If it's "A family member died the day before the test" then it's a good explanation. If it's "I was nervous and didn't get any sleep" then you'll look like a douche with an addendum unless they specifically ask for it.

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Re: LSAT addendum?

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:18 am

You were real sick brah. Real sick. You should have canceled.

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Re: LSAT addendum?

Postby Indebted » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:24 am

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Re: LSAT addendum?

Postby KibblesAndVick » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:27 pm

Indebted wrote:I was one of the those affected by the massive snow fall and delays. My grandfather was hospitalized the week before the original test date. Over the next three weeks, he was shuffled from specialist to specialist as his body deteriorated due to his failing liver. I visited him about 3 times a week. He passed on the Thursday before I took the Feb LSAT.

It was a really shitty time and definitely affected my focus, but I'm afraid admins are gonna look at that and say "Really, kid? Your grandfather died, really?"

Idk. That's why I opened this question to the wisdom of the TLS masses!


Congrats on hitting perfect. I don't think it's unreasonable to write an addendum given the size of the jump and what you stand to gain. Depending on your GPA a 180 could open doors that a 175 would not. Just make sure you don't come off as a douchebag. You seem to understand this already but any "woe is me" is going to look bad. Make sure the tone is straightforward. "I was dealing with a death in the family and the 2nd score better reflects my abilities" kind of thing.

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Re: LSAT addendum?

Postby Indebted » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:21 pm

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