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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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