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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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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...