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I am currently working on my applications for the Fall 2021 semester. I need advice on writing an effective addendum to explain my poor undergrad GPA. A little about my situation, LSAC has my GPA at a 2.5. I graduated Arizona State back in 2015, joined the Marine Corps, honorably discharged in 2019 and enrolled in a M.S. program at the University of Miami. I recently graduated with my M.S. with an overall GPA of 3.81. I have plenty of accolades and achievements from my military career as well as had a few semesters at ASU where I was on the Dean's list.
I don't know how to go about explaining my poor undergrad performance because I don't have a typical explanation such as, sickness, family/financial problems, ect. The truth is, I was just focused on my military career and at the time, never saw myself attending graduate school, let alone law school. I thought I was going to be in the military my whole career and if not, I was planning on entering the law enforcement field. My main focus was to just graduate with my B.S. and then embark on my military career. Like I said, I had a few semesters where I flourished (the best was probably Fall 2015 when I needed to override on credits, taking 21, in order to graduate that Spring. I obtained a 3.6-3.7 GPA that semester). However, I feel like I don't have a compelling story to justify these poor grades. My undergrad GPA is clearly not a good indicator of my academic potential due to the fact that 1) I had no intentions of ever pursuing law school/those grades were over 5 years ago now, 2) I had a few semesters of academic achievement, and 3) I went on to graduate with my M.S. with a 3.81.
Do you have any advice on how to effectively articulate to the admission committees I am more than capable of succeeding in law school? (I plan on talking about my passion/achievements in the Marines/grad school and how my maturity and mindset has completely changed since I began and graduated from undergrad).
Thanks for the help!