What I Wish I’d Known Before Applying to Law School

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Tune in on Monday (August 3rd) at 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST for my next Law School Expert Blog Talk Radio Show. We’ll be speaking with three entering 1L students about what they know now about the law school application process, and what they wish they’d known a year ago when they began. I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion about the LSAT, choosing law schools, things they spent time worrying about that seem silly now, and what they did to get into their reach schools. If you tune in while we record the show, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and chat live with us. Otherwise, you’ll be able to download it after the fact on iTunes (“Ann Levine Blog Talk Radio Feed”) and listen to it on the blog.

6 thoughts on “What I Wish I’d Known Before Applying to Law School

  1. Crystal on said:

    First I wanted to thank you for the time you put into your blog, it is a great resource. I have just ordered your book, and I am looking forward to reading it.

    I have a question about the rolling admissions process, and LSAT test dates. I have not taken the LSAT yet, and plan to apply to law school for the Fall of 2010. If I wait and take the LSAT in December, how much would it affect my chances of admission if I apply by the beginning of January? I could take the LSAT in September, but suspect that I will get a lower score, than I would if I had a few more months to study. Would it be better to apply in the Fall with a lower LSAT score, or wait until January to apply so that I have more time to prepare for the LSAT?

    • December is actually fine, Crystal. Just get all of your ducks in a row before that (essays, LORs, etc.) so you can submit applications/finalize your schools list over the winter holidays. It’s not AS good as June, but it’s absolutely ok! Good luck, and I hope you love the book! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments.

  2. hi ann. i just wanted to say that i love your blog and after listenin to your radio show tonight I am going to go buy your book tomorrow! my question for you was about addendums. i dont know if i should write one for my lsat score. i only rose four points so i figured i would ask than be sorry. i know i will be writing one for my year off because i joined americorps for a year.

  3. Thank you ann!! also i was wondering should i write one on my gpa? i started out slightly on the low end but it gradually rose. i would say it rose 0.5 over the course of my undergrad. should i just write another 2 sentences on it? or am i just being paranoid and should leave it alone?

    • Gopi, that’s probably not something I can give you a definitive answer about without knowing more information and what else is in your application. When I work with a client, I review their transcripts with them to help them evaluate whether an upward trend should be explained and I also consider whether there are too many other things being explained in addenda in the application. There is more information about addenda in my book if you’d like additional information. Good luck!

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