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Why I Hate Personal Statement Examples… and Why You Should Too!

Stuck on personal statement ideas and looking for samples? Yeah, a lot of people come to my website in search of a personal statement example when they are struggling with what to write in their law school applications. After all, it sounds so appealing to get answers to concerns like these: “Let me just see what someone else did that

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Six Words to Avoid in Law School Personal Statements

A personal statement is your best opportunity to present yourself to law school admissions officers. Having read thousands of personal statements, here are the six words and phrases that make me cringe – and waste precious words in making your point. 1. Worldview I’m not convinced this is really a word, and if it is, let’s pretend it’s not. 2.

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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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Looking Ahead: What Will The Fall 2015 Admission Cycle Bring?

The longest admission cycle ever is coming to a close. Instinct and experience tell me that a larger percentage of law school hopefuls submitted applications in February 2014 than any previous February in recent memory. With widespread knowledge that year over year applications are down yet again, applicants know they are in demand more than ever. But now is the

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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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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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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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Mistakes in Law School Applications: To Fix or Not to Fix?

I received calls both yesterday and today from readers of my blog who just found mistakes in their recently submitted applications. Both were panicked about what to do, but my suggestions might have been different for each of them based on the type of mistake that was concerning them. There are three kinds of mistakes that you could have made

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All About Letters of Recommendation for Law School

WHY: A letter of recommendation allows someone else to say things that would be completely inappropriate and arrogant for you to say about yourself. “Jennie is a very bright student and an excellent writer,” sounds a lot better than you saying in your personal statement, “I am very bright and an excellent writer.” It allows the writer to introduce something

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Law School Application Advice and LSAT Tips — Podcasts You Shouldn’t Miss

Check out Ann’s top Blog Talk Radio shows to get help with your LSAT prep strategy and law school application: Law School Personal Statement Tips – This 15-minute podcast will help get you started, as well as give you direction, with your personal statement. Law School Admission Strategy: Session 1 – Ann strategizes with a law school applicant who has 1-2 years

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What is a Diverse Perspective Essay?

Law schools have done away with the traditional “diversity statement” essay prompts due to the US Supreme Court decision abolishing affirmative action practices in higher education. Law schools are now taking a more holistic view of diversity and giving applicants the opportunity to share any aspects of their background that will enable them to bring a diverse perspective to the...

Who Gets To Attend A Top Law School?

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 class. For Top 10 law schools, a ballpark combination would be scoring 170+ on the...

Can I Get Into Law School with a Low LSAT and Low GPA?

Tips for Law School Applicants with low LSAT scores and low GPAs: Call attention to excellent performance during a portion of your time in college, or in a certain area of study in college. Obtain excellent academic letters of recommendation. Demonstrate that more recent academic accomplishments (in graduate school, or during your later years of college) are a better indication...