Woozy wrote:Pip wrote:To be honest, you could simply lie...
I'm not sure whether this was some sort of joke/flame, but if not it is seriously some of the worst advice ever.
OP: I had your score, a significantly lower GPA, and slightly less time between it and my application. Here's my advice:
You should definitely write an addendum about your academic record. It should provide persuasive arguments that your performance in undergrad is not a reliable indicator of your performance in law school. This could be because of differences in maturity, outlook, you have a family now, etc. The important thing is to use evidence and construct a logical argument that your poor undergrad performance will not be repeated and is not indicative of your law school potential. This also gives you a perfect opportunity to show the school that you are capable of constructing strong arguments, which is difficult to to with the other writing samples you have to submit. This sort of addendum, if well done, is much more persuasive to a rational creature (such as an adcom) than a stupid sob story. And that's not even taking into account the other downsides of outright lies on your application (ethics, C&F issues, etc.)
No it wasn't a joke or flame. It was simply a point of view. Don't assume you are competing against people that are being honest, you aren't. If you are completely honest, and you find yourself rejected from your number one school how will you feel. If you are being honest with yourself you will know that there were people admitted that were not completely honest and some that lied... will you feel good about it? Or would you rather lie as much as you can to get in and then feel guilty about the poor honest reject that isn't going because you took his/her spot. Everyone has to make there own choice, but I know which lawyer I would want working for me... I want the one that would rip the truth apart and sell his mother to win.