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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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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