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Letters of Rec or Evaluation Forms?

LSAC just launched a new service – instead of a Letter of Rec you can have your recommenders fill out an evaluation form. Before you get too excited, however, remember that only a handful of schools have agreed to accept these forms. Because schools will have to choose between accepting traditional LORs and evaluation forms, I predict a very slow

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Applying to Law School with a History of Substance Abuse

Each year, I work with a couple of people who have overcome addictions and are applying to law school. This year, I have quite a few on my client roster. I know there are a lot of you out there worried that your addiction will prevent you from being admitted to law school. Today’s post is for you. Here are

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The Most Overlooked Application Weakness: Writing Poorly

I read an article in the newspaper yesterday about the ridiculous emails college professors get from their students, using txt language instead of proper English. While I think law school applicants are too smart to put “u” instead of “you” in law school applications, and I’ve yet to see “LOL” in a personal statement or letter of continued interest, I

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Do You Really Need to Disclose Speeding Tickets?

I get a huge number of questions about what needs to be disclosed on law school applications, and applicants are especially annoyed when schools want to know about traffic tickets. Here is a great explanation from Washington and Lee Law about how to respond to these issues and why it’s important to do so.

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Crafting Your Best Law School Personal Statement

I just finished presenting to 160+ law school applicants through a webinar for MSU Law School. Everyone asked great questions tonight and I’m opening up this blog post tonight to answer any questions about “Crafting Your Best Law School Personal Statement and Other Winning Tips for Law School Admission” that we were unable to answer during our session tonight. Just

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The Torture: Having to Write a Personal Statement

Not directy related to law school, but one of my clients forwarded this article to me and I thought it might make you feel a little bit better about your own personal statement writing anxiety~ College presidents tried to write 500-word personal statements.

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Good news about Letters of Rec

In the past, it was incredibly frustrating for law school applicants to attempt to customize which schools received which LORs. Last week, the LSAC announced a new policy in this regard: Announcing Upcoming Change in LSAC Letter of Recommendation Procedures Beginning April 25, 2009, all letters of recommendation must be assigned to each law school to which you want them

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Choosing an Area of Law as a Specialty

You’ve probably heard (or read) my speech about not “picking a major” when applying to law school unless you can really, really, really back it up. Anna Ivey’s recent post about the downside of choosing International Law as an area of specialization when applying to law school is extremely relevant and I hope you’ll find it helpful (although I’m sure

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Concluding a Personal Statement

Most of my law school admission consulting clients struggle to state the reasons why they are applying to a certain law school. Here’s a few of my favorite tips: 1. Do I have to say why I want to go to Law School X? No. You don’t. Unless X Law School asks you to, and then – yes – you

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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...

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 studies...

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 the circumstances surrounding COVID-19....