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Who Gets To Attend A Top Law School?

(Originally posted in 2014, I’m updating this on 3/26/2020 – changes are in bold text): How to Get Into a Top Law School? Top law schools require stellar undergraduate grades, an LSAT score that shows you can compete with their student body, and soft factors which demonstrate experiences that will add to the diversity and knowledge of the law school

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From the Career Files: Lessons From Non-Traditional Law Grads

Non-traditional applicants to law school face different barriers to admission and have different concerns regarding school choice, finances, and post-graduation career options than their counterparts who attend law school directly (or within a year or two) of graduating from college. Three recent law school graduates who fit this mold when they applied took the time to share their thoughts and

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Winning Personal Statement Topics for Law School

  If you are struggling to find the right thing to write about in your personal statement, start by considering what you think your weaknesses are and then think of examples from your life that demonstrate that the opposite might really be true. I talk about this a lot in Chapter 10 from The Law School Admission Game (listen to

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“A Waitlist Is A Second Admission Cycle”

Wednesday night, I sat on a law school admissions panel at the ManhattanLSAT Pre-Law Networking Event at UCLA. It’s always fun for me to interact with prospective law applicants in person, but this event was special in a few ways. I got to meet one of my current law school admission consulting clients, which I always enjoy, and I got

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Making Friends in Law School

You enter 1L Orientation and you look for someone to sit next to, hoping to strike up a friendship. Do you pick the guy your age in a baseball cap or the one who is 20 years older than you? I recently had the great pleasure of meeting, face-to-face, one of my former clients who is a recent graduate of

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New, Re-written, Expanded Version of The Law School Admission Game!

On June 11, 2013, I will release “The Law School Admission Game: Play Like An Expert, Second Edition” – the New, Updated, and Expanded version of the Amazon Bestselling Law School Admission Guide that I wrote in 2009.  To whet your appetite for the new book, I’ll be sharing snippets on the blog. The book will cover everything you need

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Law School Application Strategy Session: Help Me!

Do you have questions about how much you can really expect to improve on the LSAT, what your addendum should say about your 3.2 GPA, and what you should put in your personal statement? Do you wish you could have a 30-minute, no-holds-barred strategy session with me and an LSAT tutor at the same time? You would? What about if

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A little light summer reading? Pre-Law Reading Lists are all the rage.

So, it’s been pointed out to me that there are a few pre-law reading lists coming up on blogs right now. Here are the highlights: http://legalcareers.about.com/od/educationandtraining/a/prelawreading.htm http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2008/07/developing-an-i.html AWomaninLawSchool summer reading list: http://awomaninlawschool.blogspot.com/2008/05/pre-law-school-reading-list.html I looked at them, and for the most part I think the suggestions are (1) repetitive of what your law schools are going to tell you to read

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An Interview with Ann Levine

Thanks to John Rood at Next Step Test Preparation in Chicago for posting this interview with me today. In the post, I discuss how to prepare for the LSAT and issues that impact non-traditional and older applicants, among other tips. Check out John’s LSAT blog for good info on preparing for the test and other issues pertaining to law school

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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...

Big Changes to the LSAT in 2024

The LSAT will see big changes this year: (1) no more logic games as of August 2024; and (2) the writing sample is different.  If you know that you won't be taking the LSAT before August, then save yourself the trouble of learning logic games and focus on the other two sections. The writing sample is now an argumentative style...