Tag Archive: letters of recommendation

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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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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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Law School Application Season Opens Soon: Are You Ready?

As July comes to a close, we are still a couple months away from law schools opening up the application season. Despite this, potential applicants should start working on their materials now in order to put themselves in the best position to succeed in the coming cycle. This post will specifically address two groups of applicants—first, students who took the June LSAT and are satisfied with their scores and, second, students who are planning on taking the September LSAT.

For both groups, if you haven’t done so already, sign up for the Credential Assembly Service offered through LSAC. Then, begin collecting letters of recommendation and requesting transcripts. Letters of recommendation are, obviously, contingent on recommenders and, as such, they are outside of the applicant’s control. Thus, requesting these letters early on will help make sure that there are no uncontrollable delays in your application.

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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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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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What to Do Now That the October LSAT is Out of the Way

It’s time for everyone to take a collective sigh of relieve: The October LSAT is over. By most reports, it wasn’t particularly easy (though it was also pretty standard), so congrats on not passing out in the middle of it and cancelling your LSAT score (yes, there were reports of that happening).

For those of you prepping on the East Coast, you’ll be surprised to go outside and see the leaves changing colors. Yes, summer ended while you were buried under conditional statements, and fall is under way.

For those of you prepping on the West Coast, you’ll be completely unsurprised to go outside and see that it’s still perpetual summer. Enjoy your November tans while the rest of us start packing on that winter weight.

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Caption Contest: Free Law School Admission Workshop Entry

Blueprint LSAT Prep’s law school admission workshops are coming to a city near you! (You know, depending on where you live.)

Last month, Anna Ivey — former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School and founder of Ivey Consulting — presented her workshop (titled “Get Into Law School by Learning How to Think Like an Admissions Officer”) in Los Angeles, Irvine and Berkeley. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 9, you can take part in workshops in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Diego — as well as return trips to Berkeley, Irvine and LA.

Each four-hour presentation will discuss the law school application process, how to formulate an amazing personal statement, the best way to deal with “dings” on your law school application (such as multiple LSAT scores), how to get great letters of recommendation, plus additional application information.

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Law School Letter of Recommendation Writers are Wingmen

You’re at a bar and you have three options:

1) Go up to that cute guy/girl and tell them exactly how awesome you are.

2) Cry into your appletini because you’re too shy to approach a stranger (and if this applies to you, I assume you drink appletinis).

3) Send over a friend to talk you up.

No. 1 will result in you coming across as arrogant, and no. 2 will result in your appletini being watery and salty, neither of which will make it any better.

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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.