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Can I Go to Law School if I Have a Criminal Record?

Tips for applying to law school with a criminal record: Gather all relevant facts and documentation from courts, police departments, and your university (if disciplinary action at your college was involved); Review law school character and fitness questions on applications to determine whether your incidents must be reported. If your arrests and/or convictions or other discipline must be reported, draft

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Can you get into Law School with Low LSAT scores?

If your LSAT score is in the 140s or lower, you need to spend some time looking at the 25th percentile LSAT scores for the schools you were hoping to attend. If that number is more than five points higher than your LSAT score, please be realistic: your chances of admission are slim to none (especially if your GPA is

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When is a Low LSAT Score Too Low?

My most-read blog topics are those dealing with very low LSAT scores; there are a lot of you out there. The original post is from 2008, and since it’s now 2024, I think it’s time for an update: The LSAT is scored from 120-180, and an average score is about 150. Here is a current breakdown of percentiles of scores

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Law School Admission Strategy Sessions: Can You Relate?

Nathan Fox , author of Cheating the LSAT, and I have now hosted three strategy sessions to help individual law school applicants with their pressing LSAT and law school application questions. These podcasts are each 30 minutes and are FREE! You can listen online or download them from iTunes. Over the last month, we spoke to: Mer, who is looking to attend

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Should You Take the LSAT a Third Time?

Should You Take the LSAT a Third Time? Is the third time the charm? Law School Expert blog reader Dru H. asked this question: Ann, My first LSAT score last December was much lower than what I was expecting, so I took June’s exam. If after receiving my June LSAT score in a few weeks I am still apprehensive of

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Low UGPA? You’re not alone.

I received this great question on the old blog and thought it should be a post of its own on my new blog, so here goes: “I have a question that no one has asked. I may be the only one with the nerve. My UGPA is 2.6 – and yes, I have a learning disability but that is only

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Great Resource for Low LSAT Applicants

For those of you who struggle with the LSAT and are from low-income and/or groups under-represented in the legal profession, you should know about the 6-week intensive CLEO program. This is a great opportunity for those who have overcome significant disadvantage to seek a law degree.

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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...