Tag Archive: law school applications

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The Way Forward

The December LSAT was this past Saturday, which, huzzah, you’re done with studying for the dang thing. But what if you feel like you didn’t do as well as you wanted?

First of all, did you really do as poorly as you thought you did? Or are you someone who is always convinced that you did terribly after every exam (“I swear, I failed that test!”), but it always turns out that you did fine (“Never mind, I got an A.”)? In other words, are you a Chicken Little, convinced the world is going to end because you might’ve gotten a few problems wrong (which is perfectly normal, by the way)?

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Logical Reasonings / 10.22.15

A. Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Hearing quickly turned into a shouting match. New York Times

B. Northwestern Law School received $100 million Pritzker gift. Chicago Tribune

C. The recent spike in law school applications could lead to tougher competition for admissions. The Daily Campus

D. Failed the Bar Exam? Now what? Above the Law

E. Is it possible to love anything as much as this Shiba Inu loves digging holes in the sand? Mashable

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Logical Reasonings / 10.19.15

A. Larry David as Bernie Sanders. One word: YES. Politico

B. For the first time, Northwestern Law School’s new interview option allows prospective students to interview from their own home. Northwestern University

C. She went from tenure law professor to stand-up comedian… Above the Law

D. Major TV networks are being hit With Antitrust Lawsuit over NFL rights deals. Hollywood Reporter

E. Law school applications may have spiked for the first time in years. Education Dive

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How to Get Letters of Recommendation

When I was an undergrad, I went to office hours with my professors a maximum of one time per semester on average. I didn’t like speaking in class, and I never stayed after to ask questions at the end of class. As you might imagine, this made it somewhat difficult to find professors who would remember me, let alone write a letter of recommendation on my behalf. If you’re in a similar position, this post is for you—I’ll be going over some ways to try to get letters of recommendation when you’re not particularly close with any of your professors.

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The Necessity of Law Internships

Look. You could go to law school because you’re a humanities major and that’s just what humanities majors do. Or, you could get some work experience at a law firm before you take the plunge into law school. Law school is not for everybody. Neither is practicing law.

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How Useful Are LSAC Evaluations?

Five years ago, LSAC rolled out an evaluation service. Evaluations are like letters of recommendations—those who know you judge your personal capabilities based on what they have seen of you—but in quantified form. There are questions within categories such as intellectual skill and task management, and, for each question, evaluators must select from the same answer choices: Below Average (Bottom 50%), Average (Top 50%), Good (Top 25%), Very Good (Top 10%), Excellent (Top 5%), Truly Exceptional (Top 1–2%), and Inadequate Opportunity to Judge. Evaluators also had space in each category (up to 750 characters) to make comments.

Back then, three schools required evaluations: Albany Law School, University of Detroit Mercy, and University of Montana.

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Preparing for the LSAT With an LSAC Fee Waiver

The Fourth of July may have passed, but I’m here to help you continue celebrating a different kind of freedom – freedom from law school application and LSAT prep expenses. Aww yiss.

Step 1: Apply for an LSAC Fee Waiver

If you can’t pay to take the LSAT, LSAC may waive your LSAT and CAS fees. Visit the LSAC website to apply. Be forewarned that it’s generally considered very difficult to get an LSAC fee waiver – LSAC says on their website that “[o]nly those with extreme need should apply.” I’m not sure exactly how they define “extreme need,” but you’ll have to submit your tax forms and anything else LSAC wants, and the whole application process may take several weeks. If you’ve already paid your LSAC fees, you can’t get that money back, but as far as I can tell you can still ask for a fee waiver (in case you’re thinking about taking more LSATs, or you want the SuperPrep book).

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Personal Statements: Not as Scary as You Think

Writing your personal statement can feel like the most stressful part of applying to law school. I put off working on my personal statement for a long time, but once I realized what makes a good personal statement, it wasn’t very daunting at all.

First, let’s take a look at some personal statement prompts. Here’s one from the University of Chicago Law School: “Please use the personal statement to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee and to help the Committee get to know you on a personal level.” Chicago wants you to tell them a story about yourself so they can get to know you beyond your LSAT score and GPA.

Columbia’s prompt is similar. They first give you a long, wordy list of topics you could write about, and then they say you may write about “any other factors that you think should inform the Committee’s evaluation of your candidacy for admission.”

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Logical Reasonings / 11.7.14

The different types of law school interviews and how to succeed in them. Above the Law

Advice for focusing up on those law school applications. Pen and Chisel

Law Schools may be a feeling little less Eeyore. Wall Street Journal

A fight between two attorneys involving a cup of soup and someone being called “an amoeba-shaped squid”. Above the Law

Taylor Swift’s 1989 album has a terrifyingly accurate name. 80’s workout video