Tag Archive: how to apply to law school

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How Useful Are LSAC Evaluations?

Five years ago, LSAC rolled out an evaluation service. Evaluations are like letters of recommendations—those who know you judge your personal capabilities based on what they have seen of you—but in quantified form. There are questions within categories such as intellectual skill and task management, and, for each question, evaluators must select from the same answer choices: Below Average (Bottom 50%), Average (Top 50%), Good (Top 25%), Very Good (Top 10%), Excellent (Top 5%), Truly Exceptional (Top 1–2%), and Inadequate Opportunity to Judge. Evaluators also had space in each category (up to 750 characters) to make comments.

Back then, three schools required evaluations: Albany Law School, University of Detroit Mercy, and University of Montana.

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Applying to Law School with a Record

We’ve all been there. Dead prostitute in the trunk, 15 pounds of black tar heroin, and a busted tail light. When those sirens started blaring, you put the pedal to the metal and headed for the border. Unfortunately, you forgot you were in the Midwest and had only a few miles left in the tank. You were planning on trading some of that smack for gas, I guess.

In all seriousness, some of you out there will be applying with some type of record. Whether it’s for jaywalking pants-less or running a Ponzi scheme, you’ve got a few additional considerations during the application process.

Before I go into any details, I’m going to give you a rule of thumb.

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Optional and Unsolicited Materials: How Much Is Too Much?

Guest post from our friend Anna Ivey at The Ivey Files.

Are you in a tizzy about whether to submit extra materials that are not required as part of your law school applications? Lots of people are. Typically, their temptations revolve around extra recommendations, optional essays, and totally unsolicited essays. The conclusion they seem to be drawing, if discussion boards are to be believed, is that “more is better,” and my purpose in today’s blog post is to tell you that the discussion boards are wrong. Less is more.