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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...

You don’t need to commit just yet

If you’re like most applicants, you are unaware that LSAC recommends law schools adhere to certain “best practices” in the admissions process. Even though they’re not binding, the guidelines set out what you should generally expect from admissions officials as you navigate this process. At this time of...

LORs: Hard copy or electronic?

With this admission cycle, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the first time began allowing recommenders to submit their letters electronically.  When you (the applicant) enter your recommenders’ information in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), you can either generate an email to the recommender with a link for...

I’m taking the October LSAT—what should I be doing right now?

1. LSAT prep. These last few weeks are critical, and study and practice for the LSAT must remain your number one priority.  (But don’t forget to taper during that last week—no practice tests after 9/27!)  If you haven’t taken a full-length timed practice test yet, you’re...

Huge increase in law school applications

UPDATE August 2012: Please note the date on this blog post—it’s from 2010 and does not describe the current state of admissions. I’m leaving it up because it may be of interest to some of you to know how application volume has fluctuated. As expected, the economy is sending...

New reporting process for university discipline

As you probably already know, almost every law school requires applicants to disclose their histories of university discipline (if any).  A handful of schools also ask students to have their undergraduate institutions complete an independent report of their disciplinary record, known most often as a Dean’s Letter or...

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...

Big Changes in LSAT Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities

There’s great news for past and future law school applicants with disabilities: the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has settled pending lawsuits with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) regarding accommodations on the LSAT. The plaintiffs alleged that LSAC...

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...

Decisions, deadlines and “Good Admission Practices”

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has long had a Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices that seeks to guide law schools.  They are not enforceable or binding rules, but merely “principles” designed to “improve the admission and financial aid processes in law schools and to promote...

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