Tag Archive: applying to law school

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Cracking the Law School Admission Essay Question Code

Today’s guest LSAT blog post is from Anna Ivey, founder of Ivey Consulting — which has partnered with Blueprint LSAT Prep to take over all of our law school application consulting. Blueprint students get a discount on all 1-on-1 application consulting packages, so check them out now.

Before you start writing your law school application essays, it’s important to pay attention to the precise wording of each essay question and make sure you are answering that question — not that other school’s question, and not the question you wish were being asked. (Unless, of course, a school invites you to ask and answer your own question, as Georgetown was recently doing in an optional essay.)

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The Big Takeaway From LSAT Scores at Top Law Schools

The Wall Street Journal made a splash this past week by doing an ever-so-scientific study by comparing the LSAT medians from three years ago with the new numbers. Above The Law expanded on the study with a few more top law schools.

What did they find?

Not much has changed. Yale Law School didn’t budge at all. Harvard’s numbers are down one point; and it was only Columbia’s 75th percentile that dropped down. Chicago’s bottom fell out a bit — two points to 167. Berkeley. UVA and Michigan also saw a single-point decline in their respective 25th percentiles.

So, for the most part, a point here or there. Which means it’s just as hard to get into a top law school, right?

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Five Keys to a Great Law School Résumé

Writing your law school personal statement is a daunting task. But at least you can quickly realize that you don’t have to boil your entire life down into two pages – you can tell a single story that had a profound impact on you.

The résumé, on the other hand…

You have one page to tell me what you’ve done with your life. Go.

A lot of people view the law school résumé as superfluous. While it doesn’t carry the weight of other elements, it does represent a whole lot more. You’ll be showing the law school what type of student you are, what you spent your time doing, and what accomplishments you can list. It sets the tone of your life, and if it doesn’t create a good impression, admissions officers will be going through your law school application with a sour taste in their mouths.

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June LSAT Test-Takers (Only?) Down 4.9% From Last Year

The LSAC released the numbers, and this year 23,997 law school hopefuls took the June LSAT. That’s a decline of 4.9% from last year’s June LSAT. It’s also the 12th consecutive LSAT administration for which numbers have declined from the previous year.

The last time so few LSAT test-takers took the June LSAT was in 2001. Shrek was playing in theaters, George W. Bush had just been inaugurated, and Justin Bieber had zero Twitter followers. In other words, it’s been a while.

On the other hand, 4.9% is the smallest year over year decline in LSAT test-takers since things started tanking in October 2010. Perhaps it’s starting to bottom out. Or not. The June LSAT has lost a smaller percentage of its test-takers over the last few years than have the other LSAT administrations.

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Logical Reasonings / 7.12.13

A) If you’re applying to law school, you’ve probably heard all of these three common myths. Above the Law.

B) Eliot Spitzer says he got a perfect LSAT score. No word on if bragging about it earned him any prostitute discounts, though. New York Times.

C) As the world awaits the jury’s decision in the Zimmerman trial, law enforcement braces for riots. USA Today.

D) The movie event of the year wasn’t Man of Steel. It was Sharknado. Business Week.

E) If anyone’s looking for a job, news station KTVU is about to have an opening. Hypervocal.

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LSAC to Release February LSAT Scores this Week

Good morning, children. If you took the February LSAT several weeks ago, this is going to be an important week because LSAC should be releasing your LSAT score sometime between now (right now! go check your email! not there? damn!) and Wednesday. The actual LSAC-estimated release date is on Wednesday itself, but they often send ‘em out early (assuming it’s not hurricane season).

How will you know when your February LSAT score’s ready? Well, LSAC actually emails you as soon as it’s available, so there’s no need to constantly refresh your LSAC homepage. Those of you on the east coast who had your February LSAT postponed due to inclement weather should also be getting an email along with everyone else, but only time will tell for sure. At any rate, it’ll be a very Spartan correspondence that matter-of-factly tells you what your February LSAT score was, along with its percentile.

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Applying to Law School Early Still the Best Way to Go

As we’ve said several times before on the LSAT blog, law school applications are most likely going to be way down this year. Significantly fewer people are taking the LSAT, and law schools are already scrambling to fill classes for the upcoming academic year. By doing so, they’re poaching potential law school applicants from their next class (and while it might seem shortsighted – and it is – once one law school does it, the rest are almost forced to follow suit).

However, with the beginning of the school year only weeks away (and some orientation weeks starting already), the majority of you aren’t falling into that ‘last minute to pack up my whole life and get in the mindset for law school!’ category, and you’ll be looking to enroll next year. How should this affect your strategy for law school applications?

First off, you probably want to reconsider applying Early Decision to certain law schools.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.7.12

A) The LSAC could not have come up with a more fallacious argument than what is printed on this billboard. Stock Journal.

B) Dr. Shaquille O’Neal says he’s considering law school. Sorry, Shaq, but it’s going to be hard to get into a top tier law school with an MBA from the University of Phoenix. The Christian Post.

C) If you’re applying to law school now, it’s undoubtedly stressful. But remember: In this time three years from now, you’ll be counting down until graduation. Motions Online.

D) We should be open to all ideas on how to stop bullying, but stun guns probably aren’t the answer. CNN.

E) Yahoo! might have ripped off its logo from a Mad Magazine cartoon from 1968. Startup Grind.

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6 Things You Can Do Now if Applying to Law School Next Year

Really? You’re already prepping for your law school applications for the 2013 school year? You realize some of your law school brethren are still getting out applications for 2012, right?

There’s a name for someone like you: Gunner. But you don’t care, because those people are just jealous, right?

Kidding aside, starting your law school application process this early is a great decision. While you won’t have a looming deadline to get you to finish that Personal Statement (which is something that motivates me like no other), you will have plenty of time to finish everything you need.

What are those things? What can you start now?

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Logical Reasonings / 1.9.12

A) Don’t forget your extracurricular activities when applying to law school. (The legal extracurricular activities, that is.) Law Admissions Lowdown.

B) John Lennon’s “Imagine” didn’t mention a student’s LSAT timeline in a perfect world. This blog did, though. Anna Ivey.

C) You know what they say about people criticizing law school: Haters gonna hate. Above the Law.

D) If you’re you’re happy and in law school clap your hands. Clap! Clap! US News University Directory.

E) Who knew Matthew Broderick was such a great chef? Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.