noncontributingzero wrote:No movement, just a plea for some advice.
Columbia is my top choice. I have above 75th GPA and below 25th LSAT. I took the LSAT twice and got the exact same score. The score is well below all of my practice exams. (Probably the story of thousands of LSAT takers). Both times I was extremely nervous and bombed the first section compared to all subsequent sections. Does mentioning this fact in my LOCI make me sound like excuse maker more than anything else? Do they care about the LSAT number as a measure of academic ability or, more cynically, do they care about the numbers they have to report, in which case my sob story wouldn't really matter? I just hate the feeling that my subpar LSAT score is holding me back. End rant.
To be absolutely fair, you can include an addendum about your LSAT due to test day anxiety but I am not sure how far that will get you with CLS. CLS is a top institution, so for every candidate like you that has above 75% gpa and below 25% LSAT, CLS can find another candidate with #s above both medians which might fare better for them. Having said that, they won't necessarily look at the LSAT in terms of your potential to succeed in the class, it is more of a statistical data point to boost their medians.
I do however, encourage you to explain your anxiety to them in a heartfelt LOCI, complemented with a detailed explanation of the specific programs that CLS offers that are of high interest to you. Perhaps stating your desire to attend, regardless of your other acceptances might also be a beneficial point to hit in your LOCI. If you can combine these elements in your paper, it might be able to help you out. I don't want to get your hopes up or alternatively crush them; I'm just trying to be as fair as possible. Best of luck though.