Tag Archive: getting into law school

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Tips for Law School Letter of Recommendations

While your LSAT score, GPA and personal statement will make up the majority of your application packet, your law school letters of recommendation are an integral part of it as well. It’s easy to treat them as an afterthought, just hitting up a few professors in whose classes you received a good grade. However, if you plan out your law school letters of recommendation, they can become a huge plus. Here are a few rules to guide you in the process.

Law School Letters of Recommendation Rule #1
Ask for them early

Professors are notoriously slow at writing law school letters of recommendation.

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Any Undergrad Major Can Work for Law School Admissions

Folks often assume that there is some magical undergrad major that will open up every law school admissions door to which they’d like access. These people are sorely mistaken. There is no “best” major for getting into law school. Every curriculum for every major is different at every undergraduate institution, giving admissions officers no baseline by which to judge the quality of your major.

What law school admissions officers are looking for is analytical aptitude. Nearly every undergraduate major (and indeed, college in general) involves using and honing one’s analytical ability to some degree. Being an English major does not mean you’ll have a leg up on writing legal briefs. If anything, the florid prose you’ll use in English classes will work to your detriment in law school.

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Logical Reasonings / 2.29.12

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B) When applying for a job, don’t just tell them you’re familiar with PowerPoint. Show them that you’re familiar with PowerPoint. Dealbreaker.

C) Navajo Nation is none too pleased with Urban Outfitters. Yahoo!.

D) For some, taking the LSAT, getting into law school, and finding a high-paying position at a law firm is family tradition. But for how long? The People’s Therapist.

E) Snooki is reportedly pregnant. No word yet on if it’s going to be a girl or a juicehead gorilla. Washington Post.

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Breaking Down Law School Early Decision and Early Action

For all you early birds, there’s still time to apply for law school early admissions. That is, of course, if the schools to which you’re applying accept early applications. If you intended to use your October LSAT score, you should have already checked to see if this was a possibility. And if you haven’t investigated but are interested, you’re in luck.

The first step you need to take is to check out this spreadsheet courtesy of US News & World Report, which lists its top 100 law schools and whether or not the schools accept early decision or early action, their deadline for early applications, an estimated decision date and extra notes. Obviously, you’ll want to double check if the information is current once a school catches your eye.

Now the question is, what the hell does all that mean?

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Disclosing on Law School Admissions

I hear some of you pre-law students out there have been having a good time. Too good of a time, if truth be told. And now you might be forced to check that “Yes” box next to one of the Character and Fitness questions on your applications. I’m sure all you pre-law trouble-makers have some questions, so here are some answers.

1) Do I have to disclose?

Your default answer to this is “Yes”. Without knowing anything else about your pre-law situation, I default to this answer. If you don’t disclose when you should, you’ll have issues sitting for the bar. If you disclose when you shouldn’t, you really won’t see much of a downside at all. So default to full disclosure.

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My Law School Personal Statement, Dissected

I applied to law school in October/November of 2006 with a 3.7/180 and the following law school personal statement. It was not even close to the strongest element of my application package.

I’ve annotated it in the many, many areas where I messed up. However, I didn’t really say anything in my law school personal statement. I ramble a bit about being lost in my academic career, then I start talking about law. You should be more concrete in your law school personal statement. Have a clear focus, theme, or passion.

If there’s anything good about this law school personal statement (although, screw you, you can’t argue with results!), it’s that I feel it encapsulates my personality fairly well. I’m funny, but I’m not as funny as I think. I like taking risks. I’m mostly fluff. I’ve got an almost-schizophrenic level of areas of interest.

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Top 5 Law School Personal Statement Mistakes

It’s crunch time, people. Many of you are awaiting patiently (drunkenly?) for your October LSAT results, and that’s put somewhat of a ticking clock on your law school personal statement.

You should all know by now that applying earlier means a better shot at the school of your choice. The Letters of Rec are out of your hands by now (at least, they should be). The applications take a few minutes each (thank you, CAS!). But the law school personal statement…now that can take a bit of time.

While you’re working on it, here are five common mistakes made on the law school personal statement that are easily avoidable.

Law School Personal Statement Mistake #1: Trying to do too much