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Early Decision Deadlines for the 2020 Cycle

Are you thinking about applying binding to law school? Many people consider doing so to try to get into a reach school, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind: You have to be absolutely sure that, no matter what else happens, you will go to that law school if you get in. It doesn’t matter

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Big Changes in LSAT Land: How Many Times Can You Take the LSAT?

There are FOUR Big Changes you have to be aware of if you’re applying to law school for Fall 2020 admission (and beyond): The writing sample portion of the LSAT is now being done online and on demand. See here for more info: https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/lsat-writing-faqs Free LSAT prep is available through Kahn Academy. Digital LSAT info is here. MOST IMPORTANTLY: The LSAC

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Explaining Character and Fitness Issues in Law School Applications

It can be intimidating to apply to law school when there are things you need to report in your applications that you’re not particularly proud of. Law schools ask about criminal history and academic dishonesty; being candid in your responses is essential. It’s incredibly common for applicants to stress over something as minor as a “Minor in Possession Charge” (and

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2020 Hindsights for Law School Admission

I am constantly re-evaluating how I do the “Law School Expert” thing. I’ve been doing it since 2004, and over time some things have changed in the law school admission world – and in the world in general, if I’m being honest – that have led me to evolve my philosophy and even the way I work with clients. Actually,

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The LSAT Score Release Vortex: How to Deal

A lot of things haven’t gone as planned for me in 2014, so far at least. I’d planned to be in the office January 2-7 with no distractions, anticipating the early release of LSAT scores. Then, a family event (thankfully a happy one) called our family to Savannah January 2-6. LSAT scores were released while I was somewhere between Los

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7 Recent Trends in Law School Admissions

Over the 14 years since I have graduated from law school and worked in the law school admission world, things have changed. In the last 2 to 3 years, I have seen significant advantages for law school applicants who are knowledgeable, savvy, and who have seriously considered their decision to go to law school. Law schools have responded to the

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Why the February LSAT is a Bad Idea for 95% of Applicants (Even if Harvard Law School is Extending its Deadline)

Applications are down, and Harvard Law is reacting. Yes, the unfortunate postponement of the December LSAT in a few locations is a nice little excuse for doing so. What is motivating them? They don’t want to compromise the quality of their student body because the number of applicants is decreasing, so they are hoping to grab those top students with

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Status Checker Paranoia: Law School Applicants Fight Back

So many of my clients text me with messages like this one: “OMG, X Law School changed my status to ‘2nd Faculty Review.’ OMG. What does that mean?” or “Decision Made! That sounds ominous. I haven’t gotten an email or phone call. Does this mean I didn’t get in?” To help relieve this anxiety, I’m doing something unprecedented: I’m asking

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December LSAT Takers: A 4-Week Plan

You’ve just taken the December LSAT, so you’re probably feeling the stress of rolling admissions, seeing that others have already been admitted to your dream law school, and thinking that you’re late in the game. Here’s the good news: by the end of this post, you’ll be feeling a lot better about the timing and you’ll have a plan for

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Law School Applications are Down: Chances of Admission are Up

The following is a guest blog post by Evan Jones of Lawschooli.com. You may have heard that fewer people are taking the LSAT and applying to law school, but just how different is it than a few years ago? Well, the difference is pretty huge. Big enough to change the admissions game. Let’s take a look at some figures. (Click

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Should You Try JDNext?

Q: What is JD-Next? A: JD-Next is an innovative eight-week program and entrance exam that provides a cost-effective and realistic preview of what law school will be like, prepares applicants for the rigors of law school, and offers a fair and accurate assessment of an applicant’s academic readiness for law school. Research shows that participation in JD-Next is expected to...

K-JD or Take Time Off Before Law School?

Should I take time off before law school? When people first ask me this question, I think they usually mean, “Will law schools like me better if I take a year or two off before applying?” If your grades need to show another year of improvement and/or you need more time to prepare for the LSAT, waiting a year can...

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...