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Google yourself!

Quick – before applying to law school or for any job – Google yourself.Does your MySpace page show you drunk in a bikini with the caption “why surf when you can ride a surfer?” (I swear, I hired a babysitter once then saw this on her MySpace page…she was gone the next day). I’m not saying the fun is over,

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Current Events as Personal Statement Topics

Happy 4th of July! This is a great day to talk about current events, but that doesn’t make it a great day to write about current events in your personal statement for law school. As Director of Admissions at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in fall 2001, I must’ve read hundreds of September 11th essays. I think only one

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Law Degree is Not Just for Legal Practice

I disagree with those who say “Don’t go to law school unless you’re sure you want to practice law.” A legal education, earning a J.D., passing a bar exam – these achievements have intrinsic value even for those of us who do not practice law. Here’s a blog post from last year that has a funny David Kelly quote about

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What about Regional Rankings?

New to blogging and completely happy with some of the information I’m finding on the blogosphere for law school applicants! One law school admission committee member wrote this 2 years ago, and I’m only discovering it now but it’s still valid. She has four suggestions for committee members too caught up in the “rankings versus interesting candidate” conundrum, including not

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Brian Leiter agrees re: Law School Location

On his blog, Brian Leiter talks about rankings vs. location of law schools. I absolutely agree with him about the silliness of choosing a law school based on any particular year’s ranking. He has a good anecdote about a law student regretting his choice of Vanderbilt over Hastings when he wants to practice in the Bay Area. See also: This

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California Western School of Law

We just received my husband’s alumni magazine from California Western School of Law. I’ve always been fond of this school since I was Director of Admissions there in 2000 – 2001. The content of their alumni magazine (compared with mine from the University of Miami School of Law) gets an A+ for helpful articles – one was about starting your

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Picking a Law School? Location, Location, Location

Thinking about where to apply to law school? Put the rankings aside. It’s all about location. Where do you want to live your life and practice law? If it’s Los Angeles, then pick Loyola over BU any day of the week. If it’s New York, why go to Indiana-Bloomington instead of Cardozo just because U.S. News says so?There are so

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Blog Posts Law School Expert Blog edit post Application Strategies Applying to Law School? You’re not in college anymore. by Ann LevineApril 10, 2024 Lately, I’ve seen a lot of behaviors from law school applicants that may have been acceptable when they were applying to college but sends the wrong message when applying to law school. Here is my Top

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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...

Big Changes to the LSAT in 2024

The LSAT will see big changes this year: (1) no more logic games as of August 2024; and (2) the writing sample is different.  If you know that you won't be taking the LSAT before August, then save yourself the trouble of learning logic games and focus on the other two sections. The writing sample is now an argumentative style...

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