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The Law School Admission Game, 4th Edition: Now Available!

I am so excited to announce the release today of the 4th edition of my bestselling law school admission guidebook, The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert. This is fully up to date with information on recent changes to the LSAT, LSATFlex, and use of the GRE in law school admissions. It includes even more examples of case

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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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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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What Should Be on Your Resume?

The resume is the part of the law school application most overlooked by law school applicants. Yet, it presents a huge opportunity to show how you have spent your time, hours worked, financial responsibility, experience levels, areas of specialization, honors, educational highlights, etc. Here’s some tips for how to organize your resume:

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Tips for Writing Your Best Personal Statement

Whether you’re extremely proud of your LSAT score and GPA or hoping they fade into the background of the rest of your application, you and I both know you’re much more than those two numbers. Your resume, your diversity statement, your addendum—they all come together to help the admissions committee get an idea of the person behind the numbers. But,

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From the Comments: Errors, Mistakes, and Typos Oh My!

Each week, I try to set aside at least an hour or two to personally respond to the dozens (and sometimes hundreds!) of comments my blogs usually get. These comments cover a very wide range of concerns and specific situations, but every once in a while there are a few comments that I think are worth really highlighting because they

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Why I Hate Personal Statement Examples… and Why You Should Too!

Stuck on personal statement ideas and looking for samples? Yeah, a lot of people come to my website in search of a personal statement example when they are struggling with what to write in their law school applications. After all, it sounds so appealing to get answers to concerns like these: “Let me just see what someone else did that

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Six Words to Avoid in Law School Personal Statements

A personal statement is your best opportunity to present yourself to law school admissions officers. Having read thousands of personal statements, here are the six words and phrases that make me cringe – and waste precious words in making your point. 1. Worldview I’m not convinced this is really a word, and if it is, let’s pretend it’s not. 2.

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Winning Personal Statement Topics for Law School

  If you are struggling to find the right thing to write about in your personal statement, start by considering what you think your weaknesses are and then think of examples from your life that demonstrate that the opposite might really be true. I talk about this a lot in Chapter 10 from The Law School Admission Game (listen to

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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...