Why I Help People Apply to Law School

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I got a great phone call today from a client I helped 3 years ago in her law school application process. She had a REALLY low LSAT score – I think it was a 140 or something. And she has sent me a new client every year for the last 3 years. And today she called to tell me she’s graduating from law school – and graduating as a member of the law review and on the moot court board. And she wanted my address to send me an invitation to her graduation!

Calls like this make my whole day! And they only emphasize that the LSAT isn’t everything, and that if you really submit the best possible application materials, there is hope.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

5 thoughts on “Why I Help People Apply to Law School

  1. WOW – I got chills just from reading that! I think it’s a great thing to have a job that helps people in ways that they remember for years to come!

  2. Anonymous on said:

    But this completely contradicts your previous post about not taking clients with LSAT scores in the 140s and them not having much success in admissions.

  3. Ann K. Levine, Esq. on said:

    Dear Anonymous,
    This example actually reinforces my statements about applicants with low LSAT scores because this person applied to law school 3 years ago, when things were not as competitive and schools were more willing to take chances. Schools have more people to choose from this year, given the economic circumstances, and aren’t as willing to take chances on people with low scores.
    What this example proves is the following:
    1. LSAT alone is not an adequate predictor of success in law school. I’m also sure that the law school saw the exceptional qualities and experiences in this candidate that we worked so hard to depict accurately and effectively in her application materials.
    2. There are exceptions to the low-LSAT/low-grade expectations that law schools have.

    Neither point is rocket science, but I love when my low-LSAT clients prove those law schools wrong.
    By the way, many also prove them right, and when given a chance at conditional programs, they often do not make it through. Then they have an even more difficult time when attempting to apply in a later admission cycle.

  4. Dear Ann K. Levine, Esq.

    I would like to speak to you privately, if possible about similar issues that I have. I graduated in May 2007, and had applied to several law schools on the east coast, mainly in New York and did not get into any. I took the lsat twice and my higher score was 138. I want to get into school for Fall 2009, don’t really want to take the lsat over because I am horrible at standadize testing. Please let me know what I should do. (Some of the schools that I applied to where Tier 1 and Tier 2 schools) At this point I am very eager to get into school so please let me know what I should do.
    Thanks

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