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:

  1. Timing of your law school applications given your intended LSAT date.
  2. How taking multiple LSATs factors into when you submit applications and whether you need to explain multiple LSAT scores in your applications.
  3. Who to ask for letters of recommendations and what they need to emphasize about you, in addition to how they balance other aspects of your application.
  4. How to create a resume that benefits your law school applications and why it matters.
  5. What to focus on in your law school personal statement.
  6. Whether you need to address “why law” and/or interest in a specific area of law in your personal statement.
  7. When to write an optional essay with your application.
  8. The difference between a “mandatory” addendum and a “discretionary” one and how to explain character and fitness issues.
  9. Things to be aware of when reapplying to law school.

Here is the link to the 45 minute talk and Q&A. Let me know if you have any questions, or if you have a group you’d like me to come talk to in person or via web conference.

4 thoughts on “Law School Advice: The Application Cycle Explained

  1. Hi Ms. Levine,
    I am a 2020-2021 applicant and am applying to mostly Chicago law schools. I have a 3.1 gpa and a 145 LSAT. Also, I am a female URM, 1 year out of undergraduate with relevant work experience, and have leadership experience. I am wondering what are my chances of getting into Depaul. Do I have a good chance or is it rare for a person of my credentials to get accepted under those conditions? Feel free to email me instead. Thank you!

  2. Resume Revising on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I’m working on my law school resume, three years out of college, and I haven’t included much of my college extracurricular activities. I don’t know that they’re particularly valuable additions, since I did mostly campus social event planning. I did work part time as an office assistant while in college, which I have not included. As my resume currently stands, it is one full page. If I add my college extracurriculars, it would be a page and a half. Do you think these activities might be worth mentioning? Thanks so much!

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