November LSAT disappointment - now what?

The November LSAT scores are out, and some of you are perhaps disappointed in your scores. How should you think about your next steps?

First things first: it’s going to be okay, I promise. This is not the end of your life or even your law school plans.

Your next step is to make a decision about a possible retake —you have until Monday, December 17th to sign up for the January 26th sitting.

There is no universal right or wrong about this decision—it is all about you, your test experience, and your career aspirations. So here are some thoughts to help you make that decision.

It’s important to first honestly and realistically assess what happened with this test administration:

  • Did you prepare as well as could have been expected, given all the other constraints... read more »

Last minute LSAT tips - November 2018 edition

The November 2018 LSAT is this coming Saturday! I’m sending out best wishes to all of you taking the test, as well as these tips for the last week.

  • First off, it’s time to taper off from studying —  there’s not much more that studying and/or practice can do for you now except make you more stressed out and tired. If you can’t stop yourself quite yet, promise yourself you’ll stop by Wednesday. And I strongly advise that you NOT take another practice test this week—it’s not likely to end well, and it won’t do anything positive for your test prep. Rather, it’s time to get your mind and body in shape.
  • No more alcohol for the week! (yes, that includes “Thirsty Thursday”!)
  • Get plenty of sleep, all this week. If you’re... read more »

Law-related courses for Spring 2019

If only there were a way to find the over 100 Spring course offerings that have something to do with law (or policy)... But wait! There is! The handy list below, culled and curated by your trusty pre-law advisor.

But first, some caveats:

There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. 

Beyond studying what you love, the most important things you can do in the classroom to enhance your eventual application to law school are the following:

  • Learn how to be a good writer – take classes in which you’ll write a lot and get... read more »

LSAT changes: New format, additional dates

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has announced two very big changes to the LSAT, coming in the next year:

  • A digital format for the test. Beginning in July 2019, applicants will take the test on a tablet, rather than on paper. The test content will be the same—this is NOT an adaptive test like some you may have taken in elementary or secondary school (where the questions fed to you change depending on your answers on early questions). It’s just on a tablet, rather than on paper. For the July 2019 test, some test-takers will be assigned the paper-and-pencil version, while others will take the new tablet version. For that July 2019 test sitting only, applicants will be able to cancel their scores AFTER seeing them (rather than before, as is currently the case), and if they do cancel, be allowed to take the test again... read more »

Why you should make time for those visiting admissions counselors

I know what you’re thinking when you see that event listing for another visit from a law school admissions rep:

“I’m not really interested in that school.”

Or maybe, “I already visited the law school, so why do I need to talk to this rep?”

Or even, “They’re just trying to market their school—it won’t be of interest to me.”

Here’s why you’re wrong: there’s always good information to be gained from meeting one-on-one or in a small group with an admissions official. Yes, they’re definitely here to market their school and increase the number of applications they receive. But they’re rarely just narrowly focused on that. They don’t want to just increase the volume of applications but also the quality of those applications, and from their perspective, that means... read more »

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