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How Law School Waitlists Work

(This post was originally from 2009 but remains one of the most popular Law School Expert posts of all time, so I’m updating it a bit below in 2019 – an oldie but a goodie). FOR MORE INFORMATION Listen to The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert Chapter 14: Pursuing a Waiting List on Spotify A client sent me

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Law School Advice: The Application Cycle Explained

I had the pleasure of speaking to students at Strategy Prep in Washington, DC this week. I covered the following topics: Timing of your law school applications given your intended LSAT date. How taking multiple LSATs factors into when you submit applications and whether you need to explain multiple LSAT scores in your applications. Who to ask for letters of

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Inspiration for your Law School Personal Statement

Those of you who took the July LSAT have a long wait ahead for your score. Why not use that time to get started on your law school personal statement and get a head start on your application materials? In The Law School Admission Game, you can learn more about the purpose of the personal statement and get some ideas

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Reflections on 15 Years as “Law School Expert”

It’s been 15 years since I started Law School Expert. 15 years. People often ask me how I got started and this seems like a good opportunity to reflect and to share. If you visit the blog for law school admission advice, this may not be the post for you. But it’s possible there will be some worthy life advice,

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When is a Low LSAT Score Too Low?

My most-read blog topics are those dealing with very low LSAT scores; there are a lot of you out there. The original post is from 2008, and since it’s now June 2019, I think it’s time for an update: So, what constitutes a “low” LSAT score? The LSAT is scored from 120-180, and an average score is about 150. LSAT

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Big Changes in LSAT Land: How Many Times Can You Take the LSAT?

There are FOUR Big Changes you have to be aware of if you’re applying to law school for Fall 2020 admission (and beyond): The writing sample portion of the LSAT is now being done online and on demand. See here for more info: https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/lsat-writing-faqs Free LSAT prep is available through Kahn Academy. Digital LSAT info is here. MOST IMPORTANTLY: The LSAC

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Applying to Law School? 5 Tips to Start the Process

The law school application process can be overwhelming. If you’re daunted by a long to-do list, start with these five simple things. Suddenly you’ll feel like you’re well on your way to applying to law school. Ready to check off some boxes and feel like you’re making headway? In this two-minute tip video, I share the 5 things you need

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Explaining Character and Fitness Issues in Law School Applications

It can be intimidating to apply to law school when there are things you need to report in your applications that you’re not particularly proud of. Law schools ask about criminal history and academic dishonesty; being candid in your responses is essential. It’s incredibly common for applicants to stress over something as minor as a “Minor in Possession Charge” (and

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Understanding Rolling Admissions

How early do you have to apply to law school in order to benefit from the rolling admission process? Applicants who apply in the fall fare better than those who apply in January/February, but taking the September LSAT does not make you late in the cycle. Or October. Here’s a one-minute video to explain how this works.

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On a Law School Waiting List? Here’s What to Do:

Being on a waiting list for law school is to be expected. However ,the uncertainty can be daunting; not having things settled can be upsetting. But if you’re on a waiting list for a law school you really want to attend, you can absolutely try to fight your way in. Here are some encouraging words about launching your campaign to

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Who Gets To Attend A Top Law School?

How to Get Into a Top Law School? Top law schools require stellar undergraduate grades, an LSAT score that shows you can compete with their student body, and soft factors which demonstrate experiences that will add to the diversity and knowledge of the law school class. For Top 10 law schools, a ballpark combination would be scoring 170+ on the...

Can I Get Into Law School with a Low LSAT and Low GPA?

Tips for Law School Applicants with low LSAT scores and low GPAs: Call attention to excellent performance during a portion of your time in college, or in a certain area of study in college. Obtain excellent academic letters of recommendation. Demonstrate that more recent academic accomplishments (in graduate school, or during your later years of college) are a better indication...

LSAT News: Take the LSAT from Home Due to COVID-19

LSAC just announced that law school applicants who are registered for the April test will be able to take the test – in May – from the comfort of home. It’s called the LSAT-Flex – a proctored online test for the LSAT. If you’re registered for the test, you need to fill out a form that states your preference for taking the...

Thinking About Going to Law School

If you’ve been considering whether law school is right for you, check out this 15-minute LSAT/Law School podcast interview about what’s important to consider and how to prepare yourself for deciding on a career in law. In the podcast, we discuss: How to explore whether law is the right direction for you; How to choose courses in college to prepare for law...

The Law School Admission Game, 4th Edition: Now Available!

I am so excited to announce the release today of the 4th edition of my bestselling law school admission guidebook, The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert. This is fully up to date with information on recent changes to the LSAT, LSATFlex, and use of the GRE in law school admissions. It includes even more examples of case studies...