Tag Archive: applying to law school

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose: a Pre-Law Conundrum

I hear some of you pre-law students out there have been having a good time. Too good of a time, if truth be told. And now you might be forced to check that “Yes” box next to one of the Character and Fitness questions on your applications. I’m sure all you pre-law trouble-makers have some questions, so here are some answers.

1) Do I have to disclose?

Your default answer to this is “Yes”. Without knowing anything else about your pre-law situation, I default to this answer. If you don’t disclose when you should, you’ll have issues sitting for the bar. If you disclose when you shouldn’t, you really won’t see much of a downside at all. So default to full disclosure.

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Applying to Law School With Your October LSAT Score

LSAT scores are out. Some folk are disappointed. Some are elated. Others are relieved. Wherever you happen to fit in, it’s now time for a second nerve-racking endeavor: applying to law school. When applying to law school, your choice of where to apply can, and should rely heavily upon the quality of your LSAT score (amongst other things).

For some who are applying to law school, their LSAT scores are in the right range for the schools in which they’d like to attend. Great. Those people don’t need blog posts. They’re riding their fixies down Easy Street. For those whose LSAT scores fell below the desired range, take heart. You have options.

If you have an outstanding GPA or were an extracurricular all-star, there’s still hope.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.26.11

A) What does law school have to do with climate change? Don’t ask Al Gore. Ask this blog. Lawyers, Guns and Money.

B) Students are actually taking into consideration that law schools may not be truthful. Well, at least these couple of examples. USA Today.

C) The ABA Journal is looking for a lawyer superhero. Heed the call! ABA Journal.

D) Really looking forward to the Law and Order episode inspired by this gripping court case: A Virgina woman was found not guilty of failing to pick up her dog’s crap. Yahoo! News.

E) An 87-year-old man was caught with $2.9 million worth of cocaine. Not a bad retirement plan (if you don’t get caught). BroBible.

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My Law School Personal Statement, Dissected

I applied to law school in October/November of 2006 with a 3.7/180 and the following law school personal statement. It was not even close to the strongest element of my application package.

I’ve annotated it in the many, many areas where I messed up. However, I didn’t really say anything in my law school personal statement. I ramble a bit about being lost in my academic career, then I start talking about law. You should be more concrete in your law school personal statement. Have a clear focus, theme, or passion.

If there’s anything good about this law school personal statement (although, screw you, you can’t argue with results!), it’s that I feel it encapsulates my personality fairly well. I’m funny, but I’m not as funny as I think. I like taking risks. I’m mostly fluff. I’ve got an almost-schizophrenic level of areas of interest.

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In Law School Admissions, Timing Isn’t Everything

Ah, October. The smell of leaves, the taste of Halloween candy, and the panic of law school hopefuls rushing to get their applications in.

But beware, early birds; you won’t always get the worm just for showing up first. While many law schools have rolling admissions, it is far better to submit an application that is well thought-out and includes an LSAT score that you are proud of than hurrying to get in an app that your friends reassured you was “fine.” Think hard about whether you did your best, or maybe if taking the December LSAT or spending an extra couple weeks rewriting your personal statement would really make your application shine. If you do decide to take the LSAT again in December, make sure you have all of the other parts of your application ready to be sent the minute that score comes back.

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Playing the Game: Getting the Perfect Letter of Recommendation

I once taught a guy who was a real ladies’ man. During the class, I saw him hit on a girl using a logical reasoning question. That takes skill. Much more skill than I was taught during my Blueprint training. He’d shamelessly walk up to anyone and start flirting. I grabbed drinks with him a few times, and it was always the same at the bars.

Then one day, he walked up to me and asked how to approach a professor for a letter of recommendation.

I didn’t understand it then, and I don’t understand it now, but take almost anyone and ask them to approach a professor for a Letter of Rec (LoR), and they start shaking in their boots, making excuses.

That’s also when I realized that asking for a LoR is a lot like approaching someone at a bar.

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Applying to Law School with a Record

We’ve all been there. Dead prostitute in the trunk, 15 pounds of black tar heroin, and a busted tail light. When those sirens started blaring, you put the pedal to the metal and headed for the border. Unfortunately, you forgot you were in the Midwest and had only a few miles left in the tank. You were planning on trading some of that smack for gas, I guess.

In all seriousness, some of you out there will be applying with some type of record. Whether it’s for jaywalking pants-less or running a Ponzi scheme, you’ve got a few additional considerations during the application process.

Before I go into any details, I’m going to give you a rule of thumb.

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When to Apply to Law School with the June or October LSAT.

I love my parents. I really do. They’re great people who raised me well and taught me all the lessons I needed to get me to where I am today (well, I’m in Texas today, so that might not be an endorsement, but you know what I mean).

But I don’t call them nearly as often as I should. And that’s because every time I call them, I have to sit through the same story twice.

This whole intro was a very long-winded way of saying that the earlier you apply, the better. To get in early enough to beat the rush, however, you’re going to need to plan a bit. And, luckily, we’ve got your back.

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2011 Law School Application Timeline

Ah, that magical twilight period. The time when we don’t know whether you’re reading our blog to see what’s going on with this application season or to gear up for the next one. Good thing I’ve got you covered either way. Here’s a timeline for those of you finishing up your application season (lucky bastards) and those who still have a long road ahead (and that’s not even counting law school).

FEBRUARY

You’re in one of two boats: still applying, or getting ready for next year.

If you’re still applying, now is the time to get on it.