Tag Archive: Application

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All Your February LSAT Application Options

What a glorious week all you February LSAT takers are waking up to. Exhausted, curled up, wrung out? Take heart; you could be in Boston.

Here’s some of the best news, though. For many years I’ve been banging the drum to apply EARLY, EARLY, EARLY in the admissions cycle. Recently, though, it’s been more of a finger tapping.

Many people who submitted their applications last fall are already getting acceptances, so that hasn’t changed, and that’s a nice bonus for them. But the good news for you, dear Februaries, is that there’s never been a better time to be applying late in the cycle.

Many law schools are in wait-and-see mode as application volume has dropped like a stone for several years.

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Logical Reasonings / 2.2.15

A) An application addendum can help you explain all those skeletons in your closet. Then again, maybe that’s what you get for living in a haunted house. US News and World Report

B) Are law schools admitting students that they don’t think have a chance of passing the bar exam? Inside Higher Ed

C) A tragic coda to today’s article about mental health: police are investigating the apparent murder-suicide of two law students at Tulane. Above the Law

D) The Silk Road trial is moving towards a close, and alleged mastermind Ross Ulbricht has decided he won’t testify in his own defense. Wall Street Journal

E) A wrap up of all the (sad, sad) Super Bowl commercials. Grantland

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Logical Reasonings / 1.30.15

A) A new law school personal statement gets the jdMission treatment. Great analysis for those of you finalizing your application. jdMission

B) Apparently you don’t even need to meet a girl to get her number, if you go to Yale Law. Above the Law

C) One of the key advocates for law school transparency takes Harvard to task for not fully disclosing job numbers, among other problems. Harvard Law Record

D) If you haven’t seen this lawyer get arrested for doing her job yet, it’s pretty messed up. Above the Law

E) The winner of this Super Bowl snack bracket would also have won the What-I-Bought-For-Lunch-In-Middle-School-When-My-Parents-Thought-I-Was-Eating-Something-Of-Nutritional-Value bracket. Deadspin

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Letters of Continued Interest: When, How and Why?

Waiting to hear back from your target law schools post-application can be incredibly stressful! It’s tough to stay patient and keep calm — especially if your application has been placed in the academic limbo known as the waiting list.

If you have been waitlisted or your application has otherwise been put on hold, it may be a good idea to write a letter of continued interest.

What is a letter of continued interest?
A letter of continued interest (LOCI) is a short, concise communication in which you let a law school know that you still have a strong desire to attend their program. It is a way to update law schools on any relevant information they need to know, while also keeping them aware of your ongoing interest.

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Finding Typos in Your Law School Application After You Submit

Typos. In very important missives. That you’ve already sent to very important people. Argh.

Everyone has been there at one time or another, including lawyers (which can be especially embarrassing). And, as you might be acutely aware, it happens to future lawyers, too. When you’ve been staring at the same thing six hundred times while you polished it, trying to get it just so, your eyes can start missing the little things. The irony.

It’s that time of year when people start freaking out over typos they find after they’ve hit the submit button. I feel your pain. There’s no magic wand or time machine to undo that submission, so here’s the best you can do.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.11.14

A) Good proofreading can help you create an immaculate law school application. Girl’s Guide to Law School

B) Last minute tips for law school finals. Maybe Yuko and Philip should take note. Law School Toolbox

C) Michigan State Law is trying to help its students understand and manage loan debt. Real swell of ’em. Above The Law

D) Gun control advocates are losing the battle for public opinion.
Washington Post

E) I need a comedy fix after that last link. how about the 11 Best Stand-Up Specials of 2014? Vulture

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Logical Reasonings / 12.3.14

ATL deconstructs a survey of prospective law students. (Deconstruct is a code word for “mocks.”) Above The Law

How to tackle the “Why X School” question on your law school applications. Girl’s Guide to Law School

The current state of law schools might reflect the dental school bubble in the 1980s. Slate

If you’ve ever wanted to see a pro football player live-tweet jury duty… well, you have weird wants. But here it is. Talking Points Memo

“Gangnam Style” just got more views than Youtube has the capability to count, which actually reveals a potentially fundamental problem in the way computers work. Way to go, Psy. Washington Post

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Logical Reasonings / 11.21.14

Timeline and tips for the best possible law school application. Admitopia

This breakdown of Michigan bar exam passage rates by law school is pretty cray-cray (technical term). Third Tier Reality

A 3L at Drexel is suing law firms for using US News rankings for using LSAT scores for discriminating against the disabled. Or something. Above the Law

These biglaw Christmas bonuses are the reason some people go to law school. Wall Street Journal

I love Hoobastank jokes, so you know I’m going to be into Chewbastank – the Chewbacca-Hoobastank mashup. AV Club

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Important Words to Look for in Law School Application Disclosures

Every law school application I know of asks about some mix-and-match of criminal disclosures.

And every school asks differently, so there is no “universal” disclosure for all schools. They could make one if they wanted, but they choose not to. So for now, you’re stuck reading each question carefully and making sure you answer it accurately. It’s very possible that you end up having to check “yes” for some schools and and “no” for others depending on what they’re asking for in their disclosure questions.

You would be forgiven for thinking that the law school application forms assume you’ve gone to law school before you’ve actually gone to law school. These terms are quite technical, and you might not now whether what you did or what was done to you constitutes an “arrest,” a “charge,” or a “conviction,” for example.

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Applying to Law School: Location, Location, Location?

In law school admissions land, it’s a question as old as time: How important is location when deciding where to apply? Is it dispositive? (Only go to a school in the area where you want to practice.) Highly persuasive? (All things considered, it’s a lot better to go to school where you want to practice.) Or mere dicta? (Sure, it would be nice, but other factors are more important.)

The answer, naturally, is it depends. But, on the whole, I’d argue you’re typically a lot better off going to school where you want to practice. Here’s why.

Four Factors to Consider When Applying to Law School
When applying to law school, you’re essentially balancing four factors.