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Innovations in LSAT Prep: LSATLab

This is the first post in a series of three highlighting new, improved, exciting and cost-effective ways to study for the digital LSAT. I’ve known Matt Sherman, founder and CEO of LSAT Lab,  for more than a decade; we first met when he worked for Manhattan LSAT. Now, he runs LSATLab, and he was kind enough to take some time

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Best Majors for Law School Applicants

How do law school admission committees evaluate people with different undergraduate majors? I have a lot of information about this in The Law School Admission Game Chapter 3: Undergraduate GPA But here is an overview: Are there good majors and bad majors for law school applications? I wouldn’t quite say there are bad majors – I think there are good things

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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 2024, I think it’s time for an update: The LSAT is scored from 120-180, and an average score is about 150. Here is a current breakdown of percentiles of scores

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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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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...