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Do I have to apply for financial aid?

Q: I don’t expect to qualify for any need-based scholarships.  Do I still need to fill out the financial aid applications?A: Yes.  It’s a pain, but unless you’ve got your full law school tuition squirreled away somewhere, you need to fill out the FAFSA...

Current applicants: Your December to-do list

I’ve come up with a little to-do list for those of you currently in the application process.  Let’s be clear: this is no time for procrastination.  I’ve already heard from several applicants who have not only completed their applications, but received offers of admission. If...

Law school’s value proposition

The debate about whether law school is a worthwhile investment got some renewed mainstream media interest this past week when the New York Times published an op-ed from Case Western Reserve Law School Dean Lawrence Mitchell.  In short, Mitchell contends that law school is worth the money. Several commentators...

Wisdom from the financial aid panel

Summary of panelists’ presentations from the recent workshop on law school financial aid issues:What kinds of financial aid are available?Need-based aid (mainly Stafford loans, up to a Congressionally specified sum, currently around $20K), private loans, and merit-based aid.What forms do I fill out to apply for need-based...

Early numbers: Little change in application volume

From the ABA Journal online: [T]he number of law school applications nationally has risen by less than 1 percent from last year, despite the dismal state of the economy, [according to] communications director Wendy Margolis of the Law School Admission Council.   Read the rest of the article here.   ...

Call Me Maybe

You’re working on your law school applications, and you run into some kind of ambiguity: does the law school want three pages of personal statement (as per the LSAC application instructions) or “no more than two pages” (as per the law school’s FAQ page)? Do they want an...

Law school debt and law jobs

Yet another article, this time in the New York Times, telling you what you should already know if you’re a regular reader of this blog: law school is expensive and law jobs are not as plentiful as they once were. Do your homework before you take the plunge. From...

How do I get started?

I recently received a worried email from an applicant and I know that she’s not the only facing this dilemma, so I thought I’d share my response with all of you. Q: My main question is regarding the personal statement. I have no idea where to begin. A:...

Law School Application Tip of the Week: Choose recommenders carefully

When you meet with your professor, internship supervisor or boss to ask for that recommendation, make it easy for them to say “No.” According to a new survey of law school admissions officials conducted by Kaplan, fully 87% said that they had received negative letters of recommendation for applicants.  This should...

February LSAT: To take or not to take?

That is the question.  The deadline to sign up is this Thursday, January 10th. So what do you need to consider in order to make a reasoned decision about whether to take the February 12th LSAT? First, if this would be a retake for you, all the usual concerns...

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