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Can I Go to Law School if I Have a Criminal Record?

Tips for applying to law school with a criminal record: Gather all relevant facts and documentation from courts, police departments, and your university (if disciplinary action at your college was involved); Review law school character and fitness questions on applications to determine whether your incidents must be reported. If your arrests and/or convictions or other discipline must be reported, draft

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Can you get into Law School with Low LSAT scores?

If your LSAT score is in the 140s or lower, you need to spend some time looking at the 25th percentile LSAT scores for the schools you were hoping to attend. If that number is more than five points higher than your LSAT score, please be realistic: your chances of admission are slim to none (especially if your GPA is

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Law School for Free for Veterans

Understanding Military Benefits for Law Students If you’ve ever served our country in the armed forces, you’ve earned not only our admiration and respect, but also the opportunity to attend law school with assistance from the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program (for participating schools). Most people know the story of the original GI Bill. It was signed into law

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Law School Admissions

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all aspects of life, including law school admissions. Colleges and universities are closing, so it will take longer for this cycle’s applicants to obtain decisions they’ve been waiting for. The delays and lack of availability of campus visits will mean that students on the waiting list (or making decisions about where to attend) will be

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How to Get a Scholarship to Law School

Law school can be ridiculously expensive – in many areas, it’s more than you’d pay for a house. Yet there are ways to get the law schools to discount tuition -we call these arrangements scholarships. They are almost universally based on your competitiveness as an applicant: how much will your LSAC UGPA and LSAT score (or perhaps even GRE score)

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Lessons from My 20 Year Law School Reunion

This weekend, I flew to Miami to attend the 20th reunion of my law school class. 20 years. I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts – how I would have approached law school differently, but even more so, thoughts about my classmates and how they are doing now. I think this is especially important given that I

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Lessons about Life and the LSAT

This weekend, I ran my fourth half marathon. Back in May, I ran (mostly) the same course and did really well until the last two miles. I did well even though I was injured and hadn’t been able to train fully. I PR’d (obtained a personal record) in that race. I kept thinking, “Wow, if I can do this injured,

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Early Decision Deadlines for the 2020 Cycle

Are you thinking about applying binding to law school? Many people consider doing so to try to get into a reach school, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind: You have to be absolutely sure that, no matter what else happens, you will go to that law school if you get in. It doesn’t matter

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Innovations in LSAT Prep Part 3: LSATMax

Last but not least in this 3-part series is LSATMax. In 2010, Mehran Ebadolahi graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. It was during his time at HLS that he co-founded BarMax (“the $1000 app”) in an effort to disrupt the bar exam prep space that had long been a monopoly. Since graduating from HLS, Mehran has continued to work on BarMax (now TestMax, Inc.)

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Innovations in LSAT Prep: LSATDemon

Part 2 of my blog post series highlighting what’s new and great in the land of LSAT prep features LSATDemon, by popular ThinkingLSAT podcast hosts Ben Olson and Nathan Fox. I’ve known these guys almost a dozen years through their respective companies, Strategy Prep and FoxLSAT. What are the biggest technological break-throughs in LSAT prep right now? 1. Whoa, you

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K-JD or Take Time Off Before Law School?

Should I take time off before law school? When people first ask me this question, I think they usually mean, “Will law schools like me better if I take a year or two off before applying?” If your grades need to show another year of improvement and/or you need more time to prepare for the LSAT, waiting a year can...

Tips for College Students Considering Law School

If you are more than 18 months away from college graduation, here are some suggestions that will help provide a strong foundation for a possible application to law school in the future. Since your GPA is still within your control, work hard. Pick classes that interest and excite you and do well in the most challenging classes you can take....

The Best Time to Visit Law Schools

The best times to visit law schools are when you've been waitlisted, and when you're deciding where to attend. Visiting a Law School Where You've Been Waitlisted Today, a client asked me for help writing letters of continuing interest to three schools - all three schools were located in the city where she lived. So my first question to her...

Thinking about Becoming a Lawyer?

Do you want to be a lawyer? If you’re considering law school because others have suggested it to you, or because you feel compelled as your peers move on to seemingly prestigious employment options, take some time and delve into the lives of actual attorneys. If you have not yet done any serious research about the legal profession, what lawyers...