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Advice on 5 Major Parts of the Law School Application

This month, I traveled to UC Berkeley to speak to members of two pre-law groups. I decided to share with them tips on the five major parts of the law school application that had not already been covered on every blog and forum. I encouraged them to embrace mantras including “Grunt work is good!” and “Surprise the reader.” For these

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The Best Letters of Recommendation for Law School

When you apply to law school, you will need at least two and up to four letters of recommendation depending on a law school’s requirements and preferences. WHY: Why is a letter of recommendation important to law schools? This comes down to credibility. A recommender should be in a position to credibly evaluate you in a way that supports and

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Are You a Savvy Law School Applicant?

There are law school applicants, informed law school applicants, and overly-informed/paranoid law school applicants, but I want you to be a savvy law school applicant. Are you asking the right questions? There are two things every law school applicant should be doing right now and you can read them here on my column on ATL (hint: one has to do

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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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LORs Part 2: The Lukewarm Professor

You ask a professor for a Letter of Rec (“LOR”). She hems and haws and sort of turns the responsibility back to you. “You’ll need to give me your resume, final draft of your personal statement, and I’m going to Timbuktu tomorrow so it’ll be about 6 weeks before I can get to it.” she says. Your response should be

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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...

Thinking about Becoming a Lawyer?

Do you want to be a lawyer? If you’re considering law school because others have suggested it to you, or because you feel compelled as your peers move on to seemingly prestigious employment options, take some time and delve into the lives of actual attorneys. If you have not yet done any serious research about the legal profession, what lawyers...