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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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2020 Hindsights for Law School Admission

I am constantly re-evaluating how I do the “Law School Expert” thing. I’ve been doing it since 2004, and over time some things have changed in the law school admission world – and in the world in general, if I’m being honest – that have led me to evolve my philosophy and even the way I work with clients. Actually,

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What Types of Questions are on the LSAT?

  Today’s post comes to us from Mehran Ebadolahi. Ebadolahi graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2004 with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting. The first time he took a practice LSAT, he scored a 148, which made him seriously reconsider his law school dreams. Through hard work and perseverance, however, he was eventually able

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What to do on a Waiting List

  When a client calls me, distraught that he has been waitlisted, I say, “Congratulations!” He then sounds very confused. On a waiting list, you are still in the running. On a waiting list, you still have some control over your future. On a waiting list, you can get into your dream law school. That’s why I say “Congratulations!” A

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How To Get An Excellent Law School Letter Of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are a critical part of your law school application. My recent article for National Jurist explains how to get the best LOR possible. How To Get An Excellent Law School Letter Of Recommendation by Ann Levine (1/23/2018) The people writing your letters of recommendation are the only people who get to speak in your application other than

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Law School Personal Statement Requirements

Here’s the list of Personal Statements for Law Schools: Do you need a new personal statement for each law school you apply to? No. But do you need to change  your essay slightly for different schools? Probably. To help you figure out what you need to do (because following the directions provided by each school is part of what you are

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Evaluating Law School Debt & Careers Through LST Pro

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kyle McEntee, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Law School Transparency. Kyle is a licensed North Carolina attorney with a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. While still in law school, Kyle was voted Lawyer of the Year by readers of Above the Law. At age 26, the ABA Journal named him a Legal Rebel

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No More LSAT for HLS? We’ll see…

It set the law school world on fire when Harvard Law School recently announced that it would give applicants the option of submitting a GRE score instead of an LSAT score. Harvard Law School claims its purpose is to eliminate barriers to legal education. The LSAT, after all, is archaic in that it is only offered four times a year. The

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Late Night Texts: Isn’t it Bad to Take the LSAT 3 Times?

A client texted me last night after LSAT scores came out. He received an LSAT score of 160, which was significantly lower than his practice tests (169-172). It was only his second time taking the test, yet he said he was ready to move forward and apply. “Why?” – Me “Well, schools don’t like it when you take the test

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Why your Law School Resume is Different Than Your Job Resume

Your law school applications include submitting a resume. Many applicants make the mistake of overlooking this – they simply take their job resume and send it along. But the resume is a fabulous opportunity to really explain your activities and accomplishments to law schools, so take some time and re-work it before submitting it with your applications. 1. It’s about

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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...