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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...

Guest post: The importance of a compelling personal statement

Rachel Morandi graduated from UMass in May 2010 with a B.A. in Journalism.  She is now a first year student at Suffolk University Law School. I began the law school process during the middle of my junior year. Like many, I decided to take a prep course that was offered...

Should you apply via binding early decision?

Taken from an email exchange with an advisee: Early Decision (ED) is mostly a way for students to know well in advance what the application outcome is at their first choice school, and for schools to manage their enrollment.  At most schools, it’s not clear that it gives...

Personal statements no one wants to read

... and that you don’t want to write. “Since early childhood, I have been an over-achieving perfectionist. Not content simply to excel at everything I have done, like be the president of the school paper and work for my state senator while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I wanted to share my...

Group Interviews for Applicants to Georgetown Law

From the Office of Admissions at Georgetown Law: All Fall 2013 law school applicants to Georgetown (seniors and alums)* are cordially invited to meet with ANDY CORNBLATT DEAN OF ADMISSIONS for A GROUP INTERVIEW IN BOSTON, MA Thursday, October 4, 2012 4:00-5:00 p.m. or 5:00-6:00 p.m. Location TBA in downtown Boston ...

Write your own personal statement

I’d like to think this advice is unnecessary, but I also know how stressed out applicants get during the application process.  Between the stress and all the misinformation (promoted in part by companies trying to make a profit from your stress), you could begin to believe that the best...

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...

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...

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