Tag Archive: law school applications

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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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Preparing for the LSAT With an LSAC Fee Waiver

The Fourth of July may have passed, but I’m here to help you continue celebrating a different kind of freedom – freedom from law school application and LSAT prep expenses. Aww yiss.

Step 1: Apply for an LSAC Fee Waiver

If you can’t pay to take the LSAT, LSAC may waive your LSAT and CAS fees. Visit the LSAC website to apply. Be forewarned that it’s generally considered very difficult to get an LSAC fee waiver – LSAC says on their website that “[o]nly those with extreme need should apply.” I’m not sure exactly how they define “extreme need,” but you’ll have to submit your tax forms and anything else LSAC wants, and the whole application process may take several weeks. If you’ve already paid your LSAC fees, you can’t get that money back, but as far as I can tell you can still ask for a fee waiver (in case you’re thinking about taking more LSATs, or you want the SuperPrep book).

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Personal Statements: Not as Scary as You Think

Writing your personal statement can feel like the most stressful part of applying to law school. I put off working on my personal statement for a long time, but once I realized what makes a good personal statement, it wasn’t very daunting at all.

First, let’s take a look at some personal statement prompts. Here’s one from the University of Chicago Law School: “Please use the personal statement to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee and to help the Committee get to know you on a personal level.” Chicago wants you to tell them a story about yourself so they can get to know you beyond your LSAT score and GPA.

Columbia’s prompt is similar. They first give you a long, wordy list of topics you could write about, and then they say you may write about “any other factors that you think should inform the Committee’s evaluation of your candidacy for admission.”

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Logical Reasonings / 11.7.14

The different types of law school interviews and how to succeed in them. Above the Law

Advice for focusing up on those law school applications. Pen and Chisel

Law Schools may be a feeling little less Eeyore. Wall Street Journal

A fight between two attorneys involving a cup of soup and someone being called “an amoeba-shaped squid”. Above the Law

Taylor Swift’s 1989 album has a terrifyingly accurate name. 80’s workout video

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Are LSAC Forums Worth Attending?

September 13 marks the kickoff of another exciting season…of Law School Forums! Okay, a couple have already happened, but the rest are still to come – make sure to check out the full schedule. Here are some frequently asked questions about what to expect from these forums, before you decide whether or not they are worth the trip.

First off, what are Law School Forums?
Essentially, they are daylong, open house events put on by LSAC, and attended by a myriad of law school representatives (before you start Googling “myriad” defintions, in this case it means over one-hundred schools attended each of the forums last year). Students are provided with admission materials and given the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the representatives. Additionally, the forums also include live workshops designed to inform students about a wide variety of topics, ranging from taking the LSAT to financing law school.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.13.14

New law school accreditation standards pass the Bar Association House of Delegates. So much for my fledgling school, Crazy Greg’s House O’ Law Degrees. ABA

You may have heard law school applications are down. University of North Texas Dallas College of Law (they should get a shorter name) says your ears are broken! Above The Law

NJ court rules it’s legal to quote judges in ads. In a related story, 5 out of 9 justices recommend Tuff ‘N Fluff brand legal robes! Wall Street Journal.

Now you, too, can be owed $9 million by OJ Simpson. CNN

The new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is a lunatic. But in a hilarious, non-racist way. Youtube


Law School Application Workshops: New York and Washington D.C.

Start spreading the news, I am leaving today. I want to be a part of it: New York, New York…

And also DC, DC…

Okay, New Yorkers and Washingtonians may not be equally represented in the Frank Sinatra catalogue, but anyone who’s upset can find solace with Blueprint Prep. This week we have equally awesome law school application workshops in Washington DC and New York.

Whether you took the June LSAT, are studying for September, or have your hopes pinned on December, it’s time to start thinking about the gatekeepers who will help decide your law school future.

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Application Workshops Start This Week!

Whether you took the June LSAT, are studying for September, or have your hopes pinned on December, it’s time to start thinking about what lies past the LSAT: law school applications. Let Anna Ivey, former Dean of Admission for the University of Chicago School of Law, take you through the best way to formulate your personal statement, obtain great letters of recommendation, and address any weaknesses in your application. These workshops are open to anyone but Blueprint students receive a $50 discount off the $250 price. (It’s good to be a Blueprinter, no?)

The details:

Friday, August 8th from 4-8PM in Berkeley

Saturday, August 9th from 4-8PM in Orange County in Southern California

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Logical Reasonings / 8.4.14

A) Her Imperial Highness Zeynep Osman (real person!) fights NYC eviction.
New York Times

B) Family of former Cal football player sues for wrongful death. Yahoo! Sports.

C) Check it: America’s cities ranked from liberal to conservative. The Economist.

D) Hey, it’s us! New law school application workshops registering now. Blueprint LSAT.

E) Idiot dies in most idiotic way possible. Idiot. Huffington Post.

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LSAT Instructor: What I Learned in Law School Admissions

Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He is starting at Columbia Law School this fall, and will be writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences. Here’s part one and part two.

After sending out applications to 15 law schools, I would like to share with you what I’ve learned about law school admissions.

But first, a disclaimer:

First, I’m extremely happy with and feel fortunate about my admissions outcomes. Second, these are just my own takeaways; your experiences or opinions might vary.

Lesson #1: You can get waitlisted/rejected even with great numbers.