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The Most Competitive Law School Admission Cycle Ever?

First, it felt like it. As soon as the pandemic hit, I felt the shift: law school applicants were contacting me in droves. And, with the first month of application season behind us, it seems my intuition was spot on – application numbers are up. Way up. Ridiculously up. See this chart from LSAC: https://report.lsac.org/VolumeSummary.aspx?Format=PDF People keep taking the LSATFlex,

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LSATFlex Ready? Take Care of Your Brain.

The August LSATFlex test is about a week away. You’ve done the work, now it’s about getting your brain ready – which really means getting your body ready. Test performance is directly related to your health – that’s why so many people cancel LSAT scores or have to write an LSAT addendum because they performed poorly while sick or exhausted.

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LSAT Flex Trends and Tips

This week, I had the pleasure of being a guest on everyone’s favorite LSAT podcast, ThinkingLSAT with Nathan Fox and Ben Olson of LSATDemon. Both Ben and Nathan lend their expertise to the 4th Edition of The Law School Admission Game, which released last week, and we spent the podcast talking about the book, trends in law school admission given

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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

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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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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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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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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...