Should I withdraw from this class?

How do law school admission officers view withdrawing from a course?

Withdrawing can be a good way to avoid a D or F grade on your transcript, but it may not always be the best choice. Your GPA is very important in the law school admission process, so a few withdrawn courses over your entire undergraduate career are likely to be better than the impact a D or F would have on your GPA in that case. However, law schools look beyond just your GPA, and a pattern of withdrawing from courses may give the impression that you are unprepared to handle a challenging academic load.

What if I'm withdrawing because of an unexpected illness or other family emergency?

Admissions officers may be more forgiving of a particular withdrawal if there are extenuating/unexpected circumstances such as a serious illness or death in the family. When you complete your application(s) in LSAC, you'll have the opportunity to submit an addendum explaining any irregularities in your transcript.

Every situation is unique, so it’s a good idea to meet with a pre-law advisor about how the decision might affect you before withdrawing.

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