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Law School Personal Statement Advice

Your law school personal statement is your chance to be more than just your numbers, more than your transcripts. This is the substitute for meeting you face to face, this is your opportunity to share your best self, best experiences, best stories. It’s your chance to be impressive. Feeling the pressure? You’re not alone. The most open ended part of

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Law School Personal Statement Advice

Ann sat down this week to talk to John Rood, an LSAT Tutor and founder of Next Step Test Prep about law school personal statements and making your school choice. In this video, Ann answers two questions: 1. How should you start thinking about your law school personal statement? 2. How should you think about offers from differently-ranked schools? For

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Applying to Law School in December: A 30-Day Plan

For those of you who just took the LSAT, or those of you who have simply been procrastinating, here is a plan to help you move through the application process as speedily as possible without freaking out that you are late in the game. December 5,6,7:  Brainstorm ideas for your personal statement. Review the following resources before getting started: Law

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Writing your Law School Personal Statement?

An increasing number of law schools are asking you to address your reasons for attending law school, and their law school in particular, as part of your personal statement or in an optional essay. After all, my recent survey of 100 law school applicants showed that 39% felt they “knew nothing” or “only a little” about the legal profession. After

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5 Phrases that Should Not Be in Your Personal Statement for Law School

The following is an excerpt from The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, page 92: 5 Words & Phrases that Make Me Cringe in Personal Statements: 1. “Personally”- It’s a personal statement. Of course everything you say is your own personal opinion. If it’s not, you’re doing something wrong. 2. “In conclusion….” Blech! Just conclude, don’t announce that

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THE LSAT IS OVER!!!!! What’s next?

If you just took today’s LSAT, congratulations on being done. For the next 24 hours make no major decisions and avoid reading any forums or talking to anyone who also took today’s test. You have 6 days to decide whether to cancel your LSAT score and there are no bonus points for rushing to cancel today. Take a deep breath

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5 Things to do While Waiting for Your LSAT Score

I know the waiting feels endless, but just think about all of the people taking the bar exam who have to wait three months to find out IF, after making it through law school,they will be able to actually practice law. I do expect scores to come out by email in the next 12-36 hours and I want to keep

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Your Law School Personal Statement May Get You A Job!!!!!

Apparently, there is a new trend where employers are asking law students applying for internships and clerkships for copies of the personal statements they used when applying to law school. One attorney told me she does this when hiring and that many of her colleagues do the same. She says: “I feel like there’s so much focus on grades and

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Tips for Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

I confess, I have a stereotype of pre-law advisors at colleges. This involves an old guy who used to practice law and now teaches a class or two and feels he is doing a good service for students by looking over personal statements. He is well-intentioned but off-base in the advice he gives. Last night, while speaking to an undergraduate

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Law School Personal Statements: WTH?

I know you’re sitting down right now, trying to write the most brilliant, persuasive, powerful personal statement ever written but your fingers are paralyzed on the keys. “I hate to write about myself,” some tell me. Others say, “my life has been pretty boring/sheltered/standard/privileged.” Still others say, “I went through hard times but I don’t want to write a sob

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What is a Diverse Perspective Essay?

Law schools have done away with the traditional “diversity statement” essay prompts due to the US Supreme Court decision abolishing affirmative action practices in higher education. Law schools are now taking a more holistic view of diversity and giving applicants the opportunity to share any aspects of their background that will enable them to bring a diverse perspective to the...

Who Gets To Attend A Top Law School?

How to Get Into a Top Law School? Top law schools require stellar undergraduate grades, an LSAT score that shows you can compete with their student body, and soft factors which demonstrate experiences that will add to the diversity and knowledge of the law school class. For Top 10 law schools, a ballpark combination would be scoring 170+ on the...

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...

Thinking About Going to Law School

If you’ve been considering whether law school is right for you, check out this 15-minute LSAT/Law School podcast interview about what’s important to consider and how to prepare yourself for deciding on a career in law. In the podcast, we discuss: How to explore whether law is the right direction for you; How to choose courses in college to prepare for law...