Category Archive: Admissions

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You are not (entirely) an LSAT score.

A few weeks ago, we published a post about Wake Forest’s attempt to start admitting students with GRE scores instead of LSAT scores. At the time, the motives behind the effort seemed at least somewhat suspect. Law schools are ranked, in large part, according to the LSAT scores of their admitted students, so by padding out their numbers with GRE-takers, a school could be more selective among its LSAT applicants, thus improving their numbers and climbing the rankings.

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A Brief Rundown of the Law School Admissions Timeline

“Tick-tock,” says the applications timeline clock. “Stop ticking,” says the law school applicant.

Today’s post is a rundown of when you should be doing what when it comes to applying for law school starting in Fall of 2017. (If you’re looking to start this coming Fall and have yet to get the ball rolling, this post is also for you, because you’re too late, bucko, and it’s Fall 2017 for you, also.)

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The Three Things You Must Do After Getting Your February Score

So, you got back your score from the February LSAT, and you didn’t tell any of your friends because there just isn’t any emoji that can properly convey the wounded surprise and bitter anguish you feel. Is it time to just pack in the whole law school thing and teach tap dance to orphans in Bangladesh? Should you check yourself into a nursing home 60 years early? Is life as we know it over?

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Is the GRE the better law school gatekeeper?

The LSAT is a great, unholy gatekeeper. All ye unhappy law school applicants must stand before its judgment seat. Now, one school wants to open up an alternate, friendlier, less logic games-y route to the legal profession: the GRE.

Wake Forest University School of Law is considering letting some of its incoming students take the Graduate Records Examination (aka the GRE) instead of the LSAT.

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Now’s the time.

The results are in, and, for the second time in a row, the number of LSAT takers year-over-year is emphatically up. For the June 2015 exam, the number of test takers was up 6.6% over June 2014, and for the September/October 2015 exam, the number of test takers was up 7.4% over September/October 2014. This comes after a string of drops, often in the double-digits, between 2010 and 2014.

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The Biggest (and Most Obvious) Mistakes to Avoid in Your Personal Statement

Writing a law school personal statement is hard. Your job is to tell law schools about yourself and about why you want to and should go to law school. It’s a challenge to come up with the right topic and figure out the best way to present it. Fortunately, there are some things you definitely don’t want to do in your personal statement, and they’re pretty straightforward.

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Early Decision vs. Early Action: Your Law School Applications

Surprise! It’s November, and that means that the early decision and early action deadlines for most law schools are fast approaching. The difference between early decision and early action is simple.