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Fall 2015 Wind-Down - Mid-Season Advice for Current Applicants

This is it—last week of classes for Fall 2015! The end is near! For those of you about to graduate, congratulations!! You made it!! But for the current-year law school applicants, the end is not so near. Sorry. Whether you applied early and are already hearing back from schools, are...

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...

October or December LSAT?!?

Q:  I’m signed up to take the October LSAT, but I’m not feeling ready.  I don’t think I would do as well as if I took it in December.  Will it really hurt my chances of getting into law school if I don’t...

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...

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...

Law school’s value proposition

The debate about whether law school is a worthwhile investment got some renewed mainstream media interest this past week when the New York Times published an op-ed from Case Western Reserve Law School Dean Lawrence Mitchell.  In short, Mitchell contends that law school is worth the money. Several commentators...

Important Info for LSAT Retakers

UPDATE 10/26/15: GOOD NEWS. LSAC has reinstated the refund offer and will also refund December registrations in certain cases. Details here: LSAC will honor requests for refunds of the additional late registration fee ($90) from candidates who chose not to register by the regular registration deadline for the December LSAT because they...

Welcome to Fall 2017!

Welcome to UMass, whether it’s for the first time or for another great year! In this note, you’ll find all you need to know regardless of where you are in your consideration of and preparation for a legal career: what you should be thinking about at this point,...

Free money for SBS students!

You may prefer the term “scholarships” but I like the sound of “free money.” The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has a whole bunch of scholarships available to students, and a surprisingly small number of you apply each year. That is silly—quite literally leaving money on the table....

Do I have to apply for financial aid?

Q: I don’t expect to qualify for any need-based scholarships.  Do I still need to fill out the financial aid applications?A: Yes.  It’s a pain, but unless you’ve got your full law school tuition squirreled away somewhere, you need to fill out the FAFSA...

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