The Law School Admission Game, Second Edition, is coming out June 11th. It’s been about six weeks since I looked at what I wrote – after months of writing, I was definitely ready to put it aside and never actually look inside its covers. However, this was the week for me to record the audiobook version, which forced me to read the entire thing, out loud for ten hours. (But don’t worry, the actual audio book version will only be about 5 hours). In going through this exercise, I actually learned 5 things that I want to share with you about the new book:
1. I use the word “meaningful” a lot. It’s annoying. But it has a purpose. I really want you to think about not just checking off the requirements of getting a letter of recommendation (for example) but thinking about WHY you are getting THIS particular letter and exactly what you are hoping to achieve by having this person speak on your behalf.
2. The book apparently makes it seem pretty easy to apply to law school: the sound engineer working with me actually started asking me questions when we were done recording, telling me he thought about applying to law school but a professor discouraged him, and did I think he could get into a Top 30 school with a 150 and a 3.4? (Apparently he wasn’t listening ALL that closely to what I was saying….)
3. Typos are horrible and annoying and should be avoided at all costs in your law school application. They speak to your professionalism, your attention to detail, your level of caring about the work that you do. [But are also, sometimes – especially when you are talking about 45,000 words – inevitable. They are still annoying and horrible, even when inevitable. But I’m hoping you can overlook the few that I found, otherwise I might have to jump off a bridge.]
4. Examples are really helpful! I really enjoyed re-reading my examples of addenda/explanations of weaknesses about multiple LSAT scores and periods of lower grades and character and fitness related issues. I just wish that my audiobook could’ve included the resume examples with my annotations (that are present in the paperback and e-reader editions) because I think readers will really appreciate the analysis.
5. The book was helped tremendously by the contributions and insights of LSAT experts (including Blueprint Prep, Manhattan Prep, NextStepTestPrep, FoxTestPrep, and Strategy Prep) and current law students and law graduates who opened up to share their wisdom with my readers.
For more about The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert (2nd Edition) and when and how to buy it. (Audio version forthcoming in a few weeks!)