Tag Archive: applying to law school

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The Importance of Diet and Exercise in Your LSAT Prep

For most people preparing to apply to law school, the LSAT is not their only responsibility. Many work full-time jobs or are still finishing their undergraduate degrees, among other activities. So with days that are already packed with to-dos, exercise and nutrition can easily get pushed to the bottom of the list.

And yet, our bodies are the vehicles through which we learn, experience emotions, and process stress, and few things (aside from sleep) could help us do that more successfully than fitness and a healthy diet.

This predicament is not unique to individuals. Many businesses find themselves in similar situations, in which the pressure to continue producing a high level of output delays needed improvements in infrastructure that could actually maximize efficiency, reduce expenses, and raise income.

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The Most Taxing Parts of Applying to Law School

It’s tax day, but since you’re reading this blog, taxes probably aren’t the only potentially tedious and painful item on your plate. Applying to law school is taxing in its own special way.

Most taxing in terms of time investment: Technically, your GPA is probably the aspect of your law school application in which you’ve invested the most time. But you probably would’ve done all that work even if you weren’t going to law school, so we won’t count it.

The second most time-consuming aspect of your application is the LSAT. Note that you don’t have to spend too much time on the LSAT — you can theoretically just show up — but if you’re doing it well, you’ll want to spend at least 3 months studying (and that would be 3 months of very intense studying).

Most taxing in terms of money: Applying to law school is, in general, an expensive process.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.11.14

A) Heads up: There’s gonna be a ticket frenzy when you graduate law school. Above the Law.

B) Just a reminder that the inventor of Spanx bombed her LSAT. Women’s Agenda.

C) Ann Levine has some ideas for how you should spend your summer before applying to law school. Above the Law.

D) A woman who killed her boyfriend with a stiletto heel received life in prison. USA Today.

E) You’ve never heard a song more SEO-optimized than this little ditty about social media. Management Today.

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What the Recent Increase in LSAT Test-Takers Really Means

About 200 more people sat for the February LSAT in 2014 than for the February 2013 LSAT. What does this mean? Are law school application numbers on their way to recovery? Probably. Will law school admissions become more completive? Yup.

Here’s a closer look at the ramifications of the recent increase in LSAT test-takers:

The Legal Market Is Improving

The legal profession, like most others, hasn’t been doing so hot since the 2007 financial crisis. Law firm hiring fell, as did real salaries. Many college graduates responded by not taking the LSAT, and not applying to law school.

However, things are getting better.

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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.