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Law school admission decisions

Most law schools first rank applicants based on an index calculated from the LSAT and GPA. Each school determines its own formula for weighting these factors, but in general, the LSAT weighs more heavily than the GPA. Based on the index, the applicant pool is divided into three categories: presumptive...

Overview

The law school application process should ideally begin about a year and a half before you intend to start law school.  At that time, you’d want to think about when to take the LSAT and how to prepare, who you’ll ask for letters of recommendation, and where...

Finding a healthy outlet

Both your brain and your body need to take a break from the work of your law school applications, and vegging out in front of the TV, surfing the internet and hanging out on Facebook can only get you so far (and sitting on the couch doesn’t exactly switch...

Personal Statements

After your LSAT and GPA, your personal statement is the most important part of your law school applications. You should plan to spend a significant amount of time on it. While every personal statement is, by its nature, different, there are a few basic points to keep in mind as...

Application Check List

The Check List for Fall 2019 Admission is organized topically. Click here to get the same list organized chronologically. This Check List assumes you have already made the firm decision to apply to law school after a thorough investigation of the law, legal careers and the financial implications/consequences.  The...

Alcohol and substance abuse

Alcohol and substance abuse are serious problems for lawyers.  As many as 1 in 5 lawyers is an alcoholic or addict.  A significant percentage of lawyer discipline cases—as much as a third or more—in just about every state involve problems related to addiction (those client funds can look...

Statements, essays, resumes and addenda

The typical law school admission process does not include a personal interview.  Instead, the admissions committees make decisions largely based on the documents you submit (along with your LSAT, transcript and letters of recommendation).  Those documents may include, in addition to the electronic application itself, a personal statement,...

Application Time Line

This recommended Time Line for Fall 2019 admission assumes that you will complete and submit your applications by Thanksgiving-ish 2018. It’s an ideal time line — meaning you started thinking about the process at least a year and a half before you intend to start law school.  As you’ll see,...

Resumes

Every law school accepts, and most require, a resume as part of the application package.  You should always submit one—it’s one more way to tell your story.  There are any number of resources available to help you create a persuasive resume, including the UMass Career Services...

Applying after taking time off

Applying to law school after you have been in the workforce may present some special issues. Among the most common questions for “returnees” involve letters of recommendation and the weight accorded a college GPA that may be years in the past. The second issue is the easier one to address:...

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