The addendum has one sole purpose: addressing weaknesses and/or discrepancies in your application package. Notably, it is used to address low LSAT scores, low GPAs, poor grades during specific semesters, dismissals from schools, criminal records, etc.
There’s not necessarily a right or wrong number for the number of addendums you right, so long as they are substantive. For example, if all the scenarios mentioned above apply to you, then you would need to write 5 different addendums. The key to writing the addendum is ensuring you’re addressing the discrepancy in your application package but also taking responsibility without making excuses for yourself. Understandably, this puts many folks in a frenzy because you must find a delicate balance. It’s a fine line to walk.
Tips for writing an addendum:
- If you think something in your application package might raise a red flag with an admissions office, write an addendum. For example, you received 3 Ds and 1 F during a semester that significantly brought your GPA down. Explain what occurred during that semester. If you received only one C during your undergrad career, please do not write an addendum. I promise it’s not that serious and admissions counselors won’t care.
- If you have a low LSAT score, but also had a low SAT/ACT in undergrad, write about your history of low standardized tests.
- Your addendum shouldn’t be longer than a page. Unless you’re explaining a lengthy criminal record. Ideally, your addendum would be a few paragraphs with any necessary attachments.
- Always frame your flaws in a light most favorable to you. Show how it won’t affect your law school performance or career as an attorney.
- Accountability is important and admissions counselors will read your addendum carefully to ensure you aren’t making excuses or loathing in self-pity.
- Always frame your weaknesses as overcoming adversity.
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