Tag Archive: law school application

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Logical Reasonings / 4.21.14

A) Here’s one of three probable reasons your law school application was rejected. Law Admissions Lowdown.

B) Other colleges can learn an awful lot from law schools. Time.

C) OK, fine. You can sue Cheerios even if you “liked” them on Facebook. Aljazeera America.

D) This is why marshals are needed in courtrooms. CNN.

E) Giant shark in a tiny pickup truck? Just another Monday in Florida. GrindTV.

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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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Who Sees Your LSAT Score at Law Schools, Anyway?

Number of previous sexual partners. Weight. Salary. Length of…well, you get the idea. There are several very private numbers in one’s life, but none so private as – you guessed it – your LSAT score.

Even if you did extremely well on the LSAT, you probably don’t go around telling your friends your LSAT score (and if you do, your friends probably don’t like you very much). However, once you submit your law school applications, your LSAT score takes on a life of its own. Law school admissions is a fairly nebulous process, and most schools just make a vague reference to an “Admissions Committee,” so it can be hard to know exactly how many people are laying eyes on your applications and who they are. However, some schools are more explicit about exactly who will be reading each application.

Here’s a smattering:

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Why the ABA’s Latest LSAT Proposal is a Bad Idea

The ABA might make it easier for certain applicants to get into law school without taking the LSAT.

Currently, you don’t really need to take the LSAT to get into law school. A law school can admit an applicant using some other admissions test, but it has to get permission first or pay a fine later. This alternative admissions procedure is rarely used, which is probably why you haven’t heard of it.

The ABA is thinking about implementing the following changes to its LSAT requirement:

Up to 10% of a law school’s class may be admitted without an LSAT score.

You can qualify for admissions without an LSAT if, (1) you are an undergraduate looking to apply to your alma mater’s law school, or (2) you want to get some sort of joint degree like a JD-MBA.

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Spring Cleaning Advice: Tidy Up Those Law School Résumés

Spring has sprung – or so I’m told. (I’ll have to take the word of others for that, since here in Boston we’re anticipating yet more snow this week!) And while you’re taking some time to do spring cleaning in other areas of your life, why not do some tidying for your law school résumé?

When you’re applying to law school, the purpose of the résumé is to present a more well-rounded picture of yourself. Schools should get a sense of your academic abilities from your letters of recommendation and a sense of your personality from your personal statement; the résumé is your chance to give them a better idea of your background.

Here’s what to clean off your law school résumé:

1. An objective – Objectives in general have fallen into disfavor, but they’re especially redundant on the résumé included with your law school application.

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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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Blueprint LSAT Prep’s New Website is Live!

As long as you’re not Facebook, Twitter or the Affordable Care Act, a redesigned website will never make national news.

Today, that changes.

Alert the presses, folks: Blueprint LSAT Prep has a brand new website — one that is somehow cooler-looking than our last one and loaded with a slew of new features. After a little maintenance, we went live this morning, so feel free to take the new site for a test spin. (Apologies ahead of time for any temporary bugs.)

Here’s an overview of all the changes:

It’s starts with the URL. Instead of www.blueprintprep.com, we can now be found at www.blueprintlsat.com.

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Help! I’m Still Waiting on a Letter of Recommendation!

Unfortunately, not many professors have a New Year’s resolution of getting through their backlog of law school letters of recommendation. So not only are they already holding up your application, but they’re unlikely to make a lot of headway…

Without a gentle reminder.

Waiting on law school letters of recommendation is, by far, the most frustrating part of the law school application process. While you might get stymied during your LSAT prep or sick of your personal statement, at least they’re under your control. The law school letter of recommendation, however, falls squarely on someone else’s shoulders.

It’s getting late in the law school application season, though, so it’s time to start prodding professors to get those letters in so you can apply.

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The February LSAT is Weird, But Weird Can Be Good

If you plan on taking the February LSAT, then today would be a good day to start studying. But, if you’re superstitious about doing anything on Friday the 13th, or you’re not sure about taking the February LSAT, then I have some advice for you.

The February LSAT is kind of weird. For all the other LSAT administrations you will have exactly one “experimental” section, but for the February LSAT the whole thing, in two ways, is “experimental.”

First, some of the content might be slightly weird or unusual. Maybe you’ll get a prompt that’s going to be hard to pin to a question type. Maybe a weird Logic Game intro will show up. Such things shouldn’t be a major issue for you. If anything truly weird or unusual comes up, it will be weird and unusual for everyone, and the LSAT score “curve” will reflect this.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.25.13

A) Here’s how Connecticut law schools are dealing with low application numbers. CT Mirror.

B) This is what they don’t tell you in law school. Above the Law.

C) That big revelation in the JonBenet Ramsey case was that the jury indicted the parents. CNN.

D) Someone trademarked “Washington Bravehearts.” Was that someone the Washington Redskins? USA Today.

E) Maybe whoever made Healthcare.gov needs to hire some more suave IT guys. BuzzFeed.