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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:...

Don't be a law zombie: more good advice on personal statements

This time from Yale’s Office of Admissions, via the ABA journal. For all of Yale’s advice on personal statements, click over to their admissions blog.  It is definitely worth clicking through and taking a few minutes to read.  Take the advice to heart, no matter where you’re...

Personal statement tip of the week: Don't argue

Really, this is several tips in one, and they all boil down to refraining from arguing. 1. Don’t use your personal statement to argue for your admission to X law school. That’s not what it’s for.  Let all of your materials together make that argument, by the sheer...

The waaaaiiiiting is the hardest part

Until there’s a better waiting song, I’m sticking with Tom Petty to make my point.  Except we should change up the lyrics a bit: the wait list is the hardest part. You can find my basic advice for what to do when you find yourself on a wait...

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...

LSAT: Retake or no?

You’ve just received your June LSAT score, and it’s not what you’d hoped.   What’s next for you — a retake  in October or December, applying with the June score, or putting off law school for another year? To seriously answer the question of whether you should retake...

Not the end of the world

Perhaps something like this has crossed your mind in the last 48 hours or so: “Omigod, there’s no way I’m gonna get my applications in by Thanksgiving like the pre-law advisor told me to, and now I’ll never get into law school, and my life is ruined, and...

Act like you're being watched.  Because you are.

One of the most enjoyable parts of the annual pre-law advisors’ conference is hearing law school admissions officials share their craziest application stories—personal statements, follow-up emails and other applicant encounters that are so unimaginably outrageous that the panel is titled “You’re Not Going to Believe This.”  The behavior...

Is your Facebook profile part of your law school application?

Maybe.  According to a recent article in the National Jurist, at least 15% of law school admissions officers check applicants’ Facebook pages as part of the application evaluation process. (I say “at least” because of the way the survey question was phrased, asking officers if they “personally” had checked an applicant’...

Random LOR tips

Recently asked and answered on the pre-law advisors listserv: Q: Is it possible to edit a current recommender’s contact info [on the LSAC website], or do I need to recreate them?  I can’t seem to update this information any longer after generating the form. A: (from LSAC) Applicants...

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