Tag Archive: applications

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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

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Logical Reasonings / 6.3.15

A) Above the Law has some sample LSAT questions that will quiz your exam knowledge ahead of test day — and your desire to go to law school.

B) CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: If that first link makes you question the wisdom of attending law school but doesn’t deter you from becoming a lawyer, here’s how you can do that without a J.D. About Careers

C) CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: If that first link doesn’t make you question the wisdom of attending law school, here’s how to make an application schedule. Pen and Chisel

D) According to new research, Sonia Sotomayor is the biggest celebrity on the Supreme Court. I call B.S. — there’s no way the Notorious RBG should be fourth. Wall Street Journal

E) Medium just realized that a bunch of 80’s movie villains were right all along — here’s to you Iceman, Mr. Rooney, Judge Reinhold and more.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.20.15

A) Will there be more law school waitlist activity than normal this summer? One application consultant guesses yes. Spivey Consulting

B) 3 recommendations for the law school graduating class of 2015: Manage your debt, study your ass off for the bar, and always be on the lookout for new opportunities. Above the Law

C) Why finding a mentor matters for young law professionals. Ms. JD

D) The Senate has only approved two judicial nominees this year, and [sarcasm font] I frankly can’t believe that Washington politicians are being slow and irascible. [/sarcasm font] Wall Street Journal

E) Someone mashed up two of my favorite things of 2015: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mad Max: Fury Road. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of my favorite things of 2015. Vulture

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Logical Reasonings / 5.18.15

A) U.S. News and World Report offers some advice on deciding between two great law schools and taking the LSAT for the third time.

B) Why do law school professors take an eternity (a few weeks) to grade final exams? Above the Law gets the answer straight from the horse’s mouth.

C) Don’t use overly flowery descriptions in your personal statement, you obliviously verbose muttonhead. jdMission

D) The U.S. government thinks courts aren’t able to order top secret documents unsealed for evidence. The Intercept

E) Louis CK’s monologue in Saturday Night Live’s season finale was hilarious… and offensive. Hollywood Reporter

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Logical Reasonings / 5.15.15

A) How much should you budget for your law school applications? Probably more than you think. Above the Law

B) Three tips for making your way through Reading Comprehension passages. Ms. JD

C) Five ways to get a head start on application season. Pen and Chisel

D) Now that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death, what happens next? Wall Street Journal

E) Law school upheaval might be rough, but at least things haven’t gotten to the point that whole departments are dropping out, like at USC’s art school. Hyperallergic

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It’s a Good Time For Law School (Mostly)

Law school has a bit of a bad rap lately. A few years ago, a downturn in legal employment made clear that law school really didn’t offer the kind of odds of stable employment that many students expected in return for their six-figure investment.

Since then, law school applications have fallen. Big time. LSAT administrations are down 41% from their peak in 2009-2010. The number of applicants to law school declined 42% from 2005 through last cycle, and stands to be even lower this year.

At the same time, there are signs that the job market is recovering. Hiring looks to be on the way up. Take all of these facts together, and it’s looking like a good time to apply to law school.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.24.15

A) Yesterday we linked to news that law school applications are down for the zillionth (approx.) straight year. Spivey Consulting has more in-depth data.

B) Law schools may be in trouble, but they’ve also been in trouble many times before. Bloomberg

C) And there’s good news about the legal job market! Above the Law

D) There a lot of comic book movies happening, and you probably haven’t even heard of most of them. io9

E) If you like funny things, this 90’s Sizzler commercial is one of them. SIZZLER FOR AMERICAAAAA. YouTube