Today we have a guest post from Ann Levine, Chief Consultant and owner of LawSchoolExpert.com.
4 Things You Should Do While Waiting for a June LSAT Score:
1. Work on your resume. The better job you do of explaining your experiences and accomplishments on your resume, the more freedom you have to explore other areas in your law school personal statement. For tips on how to get started, see this episode of Two-Minute Tips with Law School Expert:
2. Think Strategy. Before you attempt to write your law school personal statement, and DEFINITELY INSTEAD of reading stupid sample personal statements or anonymously posted essays on discussion forums, take some time to figure out your overall law school application strategy. Here’s how you do it:
3. Ask for Letters of Rec. Once you know your strategy for presenting yourself to law schools, think about who can best speak to what you are trying to present about yourself. If you are a traditional law school applicant (still in college or within a year or two of graduating from college), faculty letters of rec are the most important. You can download Chapter 4 of the audio book version The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert for tips on getting the best letters of recommendation, and especially on what NOT to do for LORs.
4. Talk to a lawyer! Please! Just one! I don’t care how much research you’ve done or whether both of your parents are practicing lawyers, or if you’ve been a paralegal for 26 years. PLEASE talk to a lawyer. Find one on LinkedIn, meet one in the coffee shop, talk to your dad’s golf buddy, just go find ONE little lawyer and ask him or her what she does, the good things about the job, the pitfalls, what kind of lifestyle they lead, where they went to law school, and any regrets they might have. Do this just once while waiting for your June LSAT score. It won’t hurt you. It will only help, even if the news isn’t what you want to hear. I interviewed 300+ lawyers on these topics for The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers; you can interview just one!
Ann Levine served as Director of Admissions for two ABA-Approved law schools before opening LawSchoolExpert in 2004. She has since helped more than 2,000 people get into law school and obtain scholarships. She is the author of the bestselling law school guide, The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert.