Tag Archive: applications

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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

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This Week’s Best Pre-Law Links

The internet is like the Grand Canyon: massive, awe-inspiring, occasionally shitty, and impossible to see the whole thing. To help out with that last one, I’ve collected some of my favorite pre-law related stories from the past couple weeks for your edification. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

The Smartest People Are Opting Out of Law School
There are two ways to look at this article. One is that all the smarties have realized that law school does not guarantee a six-figure income like we once thought, and have decided to pursue a more certain career path, like engineering or grave-digging. The other is that a good LSAT score is worth more now that it ever has been. If you want to be a lawyer and you can ace the test, you’ll have your pick of schools and scholarships, and will be able to set yourself up for better opportunities than you ever could have during the law school boom of the early aughts.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.10.15

A) What your law school rank says about your chances of making partner. Above the Law

B) Five common ways that law students waste time. Don’t follow the crowd! Find your own ways to waste time! About.com

C) Make a plan for how to pay for law school applications before you actually start applying. Girl’s Guide to Law School

D) Uh oh, Amazon is suing four websites that sell verified product reviews. Luckily, all of our great reviews are 100% real… Wall Street Journal

E) “Hard does not equal bad.” Bookmark this blog. It’s great! (Also, that’s what she said.) Tarreynland

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Will Law Schools See My Foreign Transcripts?

Today’s post comes to us from our friends at Anna Ivey Consulting. We asked Anna to answer a question posed to us in the blog comments:

I had about two semesters worth of credit from US undergrad schools, then another two from St. Andrews in Scotland, before leaving school for awhile. I’m finishing up through the University of London International Programme this May. The LSAC put my US GPAs on the report and then just put “foreign” for the st. andrews and uol grades. How might law schools consider this? Do they look at the individual transcripts or just the lsac report? My US GPA was really great, but the uol classes have been so-so given that I also am working beyond-full-time while finishing.

Here’s what she had to say.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.31.15

A) Should you go to the highest ranked law school you get into? Or a less renowned school that’s offering you a bigger scholarship? Girl’s Guide to Law School

B) Finding healthy ways to deal with rejection is key in any graduate school admissions process. US News & World Report

C) We know you wake up in a cold sweat thinking about your law school applications. But did you know admissions counselors have their own nightmares? The Chronicle of Higher Education

D) SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia must have a set of brass balls, because this is a pretty loaded declaration. Slate

E) The “best” o’ the Bieber roast. Rolling Stone

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Logical Reasonings / 3.27.15

A) Should you reapply to law school next cycle if you’re not happy with your admissions status? Survey says… Above the Law

B) LSAC really doesn’t want to change their disability accommodations. National Law Journal

C) Five habits you can start right now to live a happier life. I’m a sucker for this kind of clickbait. Are you? Muse

D) The Italian Supreme Court overturned Amanda Cox’s murder conviction (for which she had previously been exonerated, then re-convicted). NPR

E) Jimmy Fallon singing with a bunch of Jimmy Fallons. (Note: Do not watch this if you don’t like Jimmy Fallon.) Daily Dot