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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...

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Early numbers: Little change in application volume

From the ABA Journal online: [T]he number of law school applications nationally has risen by less than 1 percent from last year, despite the dismal state of the economy, [according to] communications director Wendy Margolis of the Law School Admission Council.   Read the rest of the article here.   ...

Summer hours and office changes

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

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Tick tock…

Fall 2015 is almost here… So, two quick things: First, the office will reopen Monday, August 31st, and regular office hours will begin Tuesday, September 8th. Second, WE’VE MOVED! And by “we,” I mean me. The new office is upstairs in 210 Thompson—new space, same great advice. Have a great...

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...

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...

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...

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