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You call it Giving Thanks, I call it Making Connections

So you’re heading home for Thanksgiving.  A long weekend filled with opportunities and challenges – yes, I’m talking about your family! They offer you the opportunity to connect with lawyers, maybe even lots of lawyers. But you might have to be assertive in ferreting out those connections. They...

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...

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...

Early Fall LSAT Disappointment?

So that August LSAT didn’t go as well as you’d hoped. It’s really going to be okay, I promise. This is not the end of your life or even your law school plans. Let me tell you why, and what you might want to do next. Your...

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 New LSAT “Score Preview” - Is It Worth the Extra Money?

On July 9, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced a new “score preview” service. Beginning with the August 29, 2020 test, first-time test takers will be allowed to see their scores before deciding whether to keep or cancel them. But there’s a catch: the score preview service costs an additional $45, if...

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...

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 prep materials available at Du Bois Library

Thanks to the generous donation from alum Josh Burday—a law student at the University of Chicago—the W.E.B. Du Bois library now has an extensive collection of LSAT prep materials available for review.  The collection includes various prep manuals, as well as over 60 full-length practice tests....

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