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Thinking about a JD/MBA joint degree?

Just as I was composing great material for a post about the benefits of obtaining a joint JD/MBA degree, the Legal Authority blog beat me to it and posted a great one. I’ll just add to it by posting some remarks from two people I interviewed on the subject, Lisa Cummings, President of the International Association of MBAs and author

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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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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Law School

Don West, Jr. is THE guy. I admit, I was his unofficial campaign manager when he ran for SBA president 10 years ago, and the first in line for a hug when he won. And so it is no surprise to me that he is now SuperLawyer of the Universe. So, I asked Don to share with my readers his

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5 Things Fall 2009 Applicants Can do Right Now

For those of you applying for law school admission for Fall 2009, here is a great timeline for you: 1. LSAT in June 2008 or September 2008. (Prep courses would start 7-8 weeks prior to the test date) 2. Register for LSDAS now and start compiling Letters of Rec. (LSAC has a new website – check it out) 3. Work

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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...