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DOs and DON’Ts of Your Personal Statement

As the Immortal Bard once stated, “Now is the winter of our discontent.” For those of you working on your personal statements can probably relate to his sentiment all too well. For me, writing my personal statement was the worst part of the application process. From coming up with a topic to proofreading it a million times, it was truly a harrowing experience.

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I’ve been academically dismissed following 1L. What should I do?

In this post, law school admissions expert Anna Ivey answers a student’s question about reapplying to law school following an academic dismissal.

Student: “I completed one year of law school in May 2017. However, I was academically dismissed due to poor test results. Currently, I am taking a year off from law school, but I am determined to complete law school and become an attorney. I am strongly considering retaking the LSAT before reapplying.”

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Building Your Law School Application: The Explanatory Essay

As we head into September, those of you planning on attending law school next fall should be putting together your application materials. This post is designed to cover another facet of law school applications: the explanatory essay. For those of you keeping score at home, we’ve covered letters of recommendation, the personal statement, and the academic index. Those topics are all universally applicable, whereas the explanatory essay may not play a role in everyone’s application process.

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The Number of Law Schools Accepting the GRE Just Doubled (…to Four Law Schools)

In a day, the number of law schools accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT doubled. Monday, Georgetown and Northwestern law schools announced that they would begin to accept the GRE. Harvard and Arizona were already there, so that makes four law schools.

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How law school got its groove back. Or didn’t.

Did you hear that applications to Hofstra University’s law school have nearly doubled in a year? No? Well, it’s true. Of course, it’s fallacious to assume that one law school on Long Island is representative of what’s happening in general — I’d argue it’s generally a bad idea to extrapolate from Long Island to the

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Law School Applications Drop Again

LSAC, that bastion of prelaw-related data, recently released application numbers the 2014-15 law school cycle. The results are in, and law school applications continue to fall. The number of law school applicants is down 2.5% from this time last year, and the number of applications is down 4.7%. Law school hopefuls applied to an average of six schools each.

Although those percentages may seem small, it’s notable because the number of people considering law school – including those taking the LSAT, those applying to law schools, and those actually enrolling – has been in a freefall for the past five years or so. Law schools, which are increasingly feeling the financial pinch as fewer folks break their piggy banks to go to law school, are responding by reducing class sizes and cutting faculty.

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So You Just Finished the June LSAT

If you just finished taking the June LSAT, congratulations! No matter how it went, getting through the test is a big accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself.

Alright, enough back-patting. Let’s talk about the next steps. There are only two options at this point if you’re still planning on going to law school: either you will retake the LSAT, or you will use your score to apply to schools.

For those of you in the first boat, the first battle is going to be overcoming the apathy. I would recommend taking some time off to recharge your batteries; jumping right back into serious test preparation mode could lead to burnout.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.11.15

A) How should pre-laws and law students spend their summer vacation? This article will help you make sure it’s good enough for a back to school essay. Above the Law

B) Law school applications are down 2.5% from this time last year. Wall Street Journal

C) Here are the best law schools for networking, according to students and alums. Business Insider

D) Why one writer is glad she gave up on her dream of going to law school. The Week

E) Check out the trailer for Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s legitimate Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption. Vulture