Tag Archive: letter of recommendation

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Logical Reasonings / 8.27.15

A) There’s still time to save 20% on all tutoring from Blueprint LSAT Prep – but the sale ends tomorrow. Blueprint LSAT

B) If you’re asking for letters of recommendation, here are some quick tips for your recommender. LSAT Blog

C) Although recent law school class sizes have shrunk, at least one person thinks they should be declining even more. The Wall Street Journal

D) For people in law school, here are some reasons to avoid that pizza after a long night in the library. Law School Toolbox

E) Taylor Swift sang “Smelly Cat” with Lisa Kudrow. That is all. Rolling Stone

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Your Summer Homework: Letters of Recommendation

It’s summer. School’s out – well, not forever, but at least for a few months. If you’re applying to law school, that means it’s a good time to get around to asking for some letters of recommendation.

See, professors are notoriously slow at getting these things turned around. If you were a professor and had students asking you to take unpaid time to write about how great they are, you probably wouldn’t be in any big hurry either.

So summer has a couple advantages. First, professors often have a bit less going on in the summer time, so they might be a bit more inclined to get on it and write those letters. Just look at them; it’s clearly not like they’re taking off to the beach. Second, even if the professors you ask are as slow as usual, there’s plenty of time before you need to get those applications in. It won’t screw you over.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.15.15

A) All that you ever wanted to know about undergrad and transfer GPAs. That might be an exaggeration; some of what you ever wanted to know about undergrad and transfer GPAs. U.S. News and World Report

B) When and how to ask for letters of recommendation. Prelaw Guru

C) A new partnership between four law schools is aimed at helping recent law grads get jobs and experience… by following the example of medical residencies. I can’t wait for the Scrubs spinoff. Above the Law

D) Five ways to approach your job everyday that maximize positivity and efficiency. Ms. JD

E) When a jellyfish loses a limb, it just reorganizes the rest of them. I wish I was that resilient when I lose my car keys. New York Times

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Finishing Law Applications: Get Ready to Submit!

It’s the most wonderful time of year. Not Christmas; December LSAT scores will be released soon after the New Year, and you’ll be ready to finalize your schools list and get those applications out the door. This is the time when law school applicants are tempted to hurry up and submit things, and therefore it’s also the time when most mistakes are made.

To help you avoid those killer errors, here are your final, extra steps to make sure your hard work pays off:

1. Read your personal statement. Out loud. This is how you notice errors and typos, especially those pesky extra words and the casualties of quickie cut-and-paste jobs.

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Stay Ahead on Your Law School Applications

Today’s tips come from Eileen Conner, who helps law school candidates write excellent admissions essays in her work as founder of Pen and Chisel.

If you’re taking the December LSAT, you’ve probably been spending most of your application time developing a strong study regime. Great! But even though the LSAT is a critical part of your argument for admission, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the other parts of your application.

What else should you do between now and the exam to make sure you’ll be ready to submit your applications as soon as you receive your scores?

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September LSAT Wrap Up: What’s Next?

Congratulations! You’ve taken the September LSAT. Now you’re probably looking to do something more productive than spend weeks worrying about your LSAT score. Here’s the good news: you have a ton of work left to do. Ideally, you will complete all the other parts of your law school applications before the September LSAT scores are released in about three weeks.

Here’s a rundown:

Get Law School Recommendation Letters

If you didn’t ask your former professors or TAs for recommendation letters, you have to get on that right away.

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Uh, Where’s My Law School Letter of Recommendation?

“It’s in the mail.”

As undergrads, you know what that means: You blew your cash on alcohol and need an extra week or so to scrape funds together to cover your rent.

It’s the same when a professor tells you this for your law school letter of recommendation (they do, after all, drink very expensive Scotch).

While the LSAT is painful, the law school personal statement is time-consuming, and getting your transcripts in can be a hassle, there’s no part of the process that’s more frustrating than your letters of recommendation. Professors will promise the world before disappearing on an indefinite sabbatical. They’ll ask you to write the letter for them and then put off signing and sending it.

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Letters of Recommendation and How to Get Them

“You’re so beautiful, you could be a part-time model.”

That’s Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords, making up an awesome song that he thinks is actually paying a great compliment to a pretty girl he meets at a party. When I saw that episode recently, I thought of applications, because it’s a great example of damning with faint praise, one of the common things that can go wrong with recommendation letters.

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The Weight of the Law School Waitlist

It’s the middle of March now, and among other things this signifies March Madness, a completely unnecessary and somewhat disastrous trip to Las Vegas on my part, and rapidly warming weather.  It also ushers in Part 2 of my discussion of waitlists. If you can cast your memory all the way back to late January, I posted about how to deal with getting put on a waitlist, and I promised that I would post about how to improve your chances for admission while waiting.

I sincerely hope that none of you were holding your breath.

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Law School Letters of Recommendation II: For the Old Folks

I don’t know about you (although I am intrigued: what’s your name? How did you hear about moststronglysupported? Do you like horchata? Have you ever been to Delhi? If you could only speak using phrases from a single song for the rest of your life, which song would you pick and why?), but I feel myself getting older. My hearing, once so reliable that I could pick up frequencies only received by radios and Rottweilers, now leaves me angling my head to put my “good ear” toward the conversation. If I jump frequently playing basketball, my knees inevitably hurt the next day. On weekends, I like to take mid-afternoon naps. I often feel compelled to yell at the damn kids to get off my lawn. I am 24 years old.