New Year’s Resolutions for Law Applicants

If I were a law school applicant, these would be my New Year’s Resolutions:

1. I will not judge my worth as a person by my LSAT score.

2. I will not judge my worth as a person by the law schools that choose to admit me.

3. I will continue to do everything in my power to craft professional, mature, careful and well-reasoned communications with the law schools that I hope to attend.

4. I will try to be a well-rounded person and learn new things about the world, whether or not those things are law related.

5. I will work to keep things in perspective and make time for the people who matter most to me.

These are the values I hope to instill in those of you applying to law school.

Personally, here are my New Year’s Resolutions: To love my husband and daughters the best I can, to put forward my best advice and efforts in assisting law school applicants in reaching their goals, to get to the gym three times a week instead of just two, and to make time to pick up my knitting needles again (which will, in turn, hopefully keep my fingers from on-line shopping).

No matter your resolutions this year, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. May this be a year of fresh starts and exciting challenges for all of my law school applicant and pre-law candidate readers.

5 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions for Law Applicants

  1. This is wonderful. I’m waiting to hear back on applications for Fall 08 right now. This perfectly summarizes everything my boyfriend, who is a third-year law student, has tried to tell me throughout the application process. I should post it on my bathroom mirror! Also, thank you so much for writing this blog – I love it, and it’s the perfect antidote to all the negative advice I get from friends from undergrad who go to top-35 and 14 law schools. I have a 158 LSAT and am trying to go to my state school, which is cost-effective and well respected in my region. When I came across your blog I’d already made that decision, but it definitely bolstered my resolve and reaffirmed that I’m not crazy. Thank you again!

  2. Dalton Hoffine on said:

    Thanks so much for this–I’m starting to get too worked up and in a tizzy over my February LSATs–I’m applying for Fall of ’10 and want to get everything ready as early as I can. I’ve been making 168-174s on my practices thus far, so I’m afraid I’m riding some kind of high and I have to hit the wave while I’m on it or something. I dunno.

    This helped me to step back and calm down a good bit, and not get quite so worked up. πŸ™‚ I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and it’s tremendously helpful!

    Happy New Year and best of luck in ’09!

  3. Dalton Hoffine on said:

    Thanks so much for reposting this, Ann. πŸ™‚ I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and it’s been tremendously helpful in keeping my perspective. I’ve been working myself up into a tizzy about my February LSATs (applying in Fall of ’10, so doing things a bit early) because my practices have been surprisingly high (168-175), and I kind of want to “ride the wave” while I’m on it. Unfortunately, I think I may have gotten caught up too much, and it’s nice to have a reminder to just calm things down and relax a little bit. πŸ˜›

    Thanks again, and great luck in 2009!
    -Dalton

  4. Dalton Hoffine on said:

    Thanks so much for reposting this, Ann. πŸ™‚ I’ve been getting in a tizzy here at the beginning of the year about my February LSATs (applying for Fall 2010, so early, not late), because my scores have been pleasantly high in practices (168-175.) I’m afraid of taking them later for the first time because I feel like I’m some sort of a wave, but I think I’m getting caught up too much in all of it. It’s nice to have a reminder to just relax and calm down and keep the first things first in life. πŸ™‚

    Thanks again for reposting it, and best of luck to you and yours in 2009!

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