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blueearthblueearth Alum Member
edited December 2021 in Law School Admissions 42 karma

Hi all, any advice on how to explain an uneven academic performance throughout an undergraduate degree? My story is a rather complicated one and not easy to tell in a short paragraph, so I'm trying to figure out how to concisely convey necessary information while not being able to point to linear growth? Appreciate any advice.


  • ejhanleyivejhanleyiv Alum Member
    18 karma

    I'm under the impression a good LSAT score accompanied with an attestation explaining said story will do the trick. In a similar boat myself. Hope this helps

  • azakunneazakunne Monthly Member
    23 karma

    Just focus on being a better person. The rest will follow.

  • sarakimmelsarakimmel Alum Member
    1488 karma

    Yes, focus on doing well on your LSAT and write a concise addendum for your GPA. One thing I would strongly recommend is to try to pull out an overarching theme(s) for your addendum so that it doesn't read as an excuse, but an explanation. Create an outline and be sure to only include the pertinent facts effecting your grades (I was hospitalized, I needed to care for my family member, I was battling X illness, I was immature, I didn't know how to prioritize, etc). End by focusing on the fact that your grades aren't necessarily representative of your capabilities, but the lesson learned or experience gained was invaluable... or something to that effect. If you can't demonstrate how you grew from the experience, I wouldn't include it. I think owning your shortcomings has power, just be careful not to overshare.

    I think there's a way to write it where you can explain and highlight the silver lining of whatever issues were underpinning your undergraduate struggles. Good luck!

  • lsatplaylistlsatplaylist Alum Member
    5244 karma

    You can get free consults with some admissions specialists if you do a search.

  • blueearthblueearth Alum Member
    42 karma

    Thank you everyone, so helpful!

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