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Law School Personal Statement Advice

Your law school personal statement is your chance to be more than just your numbers, more than your transcripts. This is the substitute for meeting you face to face, this is your opportunity to share your best self, best experiences, best stories. It’s your chance to be impressive. Feeling the pressure? You’re not alone. The most open ended part of

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Law School Personal Statement Advice

Ann sat down this week to talk to John Rood, an LSAT Tutor and founder of Next Step Test Prep about law school personal statements and making your school choice. In this video, Ann answers two questions: 1. How should you start thinking about your law school personal statement? 2. How should you think about offers from differently-ranked schools? For

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Writing your Law School Personal Statement?

An increasing number of law schools are asking you to address your reasons for attending law school, and their law school in particular, as part of your personal statement or in an optional essay. After all, my recent survey of 100 law school applicants showed that 39% felt they “knew nothing” or “only a little” about the legal profession. After

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5 Phrases that Should Not Be in Your Personal Statement for Law School

The following is an excerpt from The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, page 92: 5 Words & Phrases that Make Me Cringe in Personal Statements: 1. “Personally”- It’s a personal statement. Of course everything you say is your own personal opinion. If it’s not, you’re doing something wrong. 2. “In conclusion….” Blech! Just conclude, don’t announce that

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Your Law School Personal Statement May Get You A Job!!!!!

Apparently, there is a new trend where employers are asking law students applying for internships and clerkships for copies of the personal statements they used when applying to law school. One attorney told me she does this when hiring and that many of her colleagues do the same. She says: “I feel like there’s so much focus on grades and

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Law School Personal Statements: WTH?

I know you’re sitting down right now, trying to write the most brilliant, persuasive, powerful personal statement ever written but your fingers are paralyzed on the keys. “I hate to write about myself,” some tell me. Others say, “my life has been pretty boring/sheltered/standard/privileged.” Still others say, “I went through hard times but I don’t want to write a sob

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Crafting Your Best Law School Personal Statement

I just finished presenting to 160+ law school applicants through a webinar for MSU Law School. Everyone asked great questions tonight and I’m opening up this blog post tonight to answer any questions about “Crafting Your Best Law School Personal Statement and Other Winning Tips for Law School Admission” that we were unable to answer during our session tonight. Just

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The Torture: Having to Write a Personal Statement

Not directy related to law school, but one of my clients forwarded this article to me and I thought it might make you feel a little bit better about your own personal statement writing anxiety~ College presidents tried to write 500-word personal statements.

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Concluding a Personal Statement

Most of my law school admission consulting clients struggle to state the reasons why they are applying to a certain law school. Here’s a few of my favorite tips: 1. Do I have to say why I want to go to Law School X? No. You don’t. Unless X Law School asks you to, and then – yes – you

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Proof that Powerful Personal Statements Pay Off

I spend a lot of time on the subject of “Rankings Aren’t Everything” and “LSAT Isn’t Everything” and for those of you who still don’t believe me, I want to share this with you— it’s from a client with a 154 LSAT who e-mailed me tonight: Ann!!!!!!!!! Oh my god, i just got home and opened a package from Boston

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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...

Thinking About Going to Law School

If you’ve been considering whether law school is right for you, check out this 15-minute LSAT/Law School podcast interview about what’s important to consider and how to prepare yourself for deciding on a career in law. In the podcast, we discuss: How to explore whether law is the right direction for you; How to choose courses in college to prepare for law...

The Law School Admission Game, 4th Edition: Now Available!

I am so excited to announce the release today of the 4th edition of my bestselling law school admission guidebook, The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert. This is fully up to date with information on recent changes to the LSAT, LSATFlex, and use of the GRE in law school admissions. It includes even more examples of case studies...

LSAT Flex Trends and Tips

This week, I had the pleasure of being a guest on everyone’s favorite LSAT podcast, ThinkingLSAT with Nathan Fox and Ben Olson of LSATDemon. Both Ben and Nathan lend their expertise to the 4th Edition of The Law School Admission Game, which released last week, and we spent the podcast talking about the book, trends in law school admission given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19....