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Inside a Mock Law School Admissions Committee Meeting

Last week, Hank attended a handful of events at the 2014 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) Conference and blogged about them. This is part 1 of 3.

There was one resounding theme at the PCAPLA Conference Mock Law School Admissions Committee Meeting last Thursday on the campus of Southwestern Law School:

It ain’t just about the numbers.

In a room of dozens of pre-law advisors from all over the country, Southwestern Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Lisa Gear and a panel of admission committee members from the University of San Diego School of Law, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, San Francisco School of Law and Santa Clara Law School discussed the applications of three students vying for admission.

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Don’t Let UT Law School’s Nepotism Saddle You With Worry

At the University of Texas School of Law, friends and family of Texas state legislators are getting special admissions consideration.

The investigation into the matter has been halted, but a preliminary report found that one fourth of politically connected applicants were admitted despite GPAs and LSAT scores “well below” and “far below” the usual standards. These students produced four of the ten worst LSAT scores among all students since 2009.

What does this mean for you? Here’s my advice:

If your heart is set on UT School of Law and your GPA/LSAT scores aren’t up to snuff then perhaps you should try buddying up to a Lone Star lawmaker. You could send out a Facebook friend request or ask one to “please add me to your LinkedIn network.” It’s worth a shot.

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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.