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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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The Advantage of Military Service in Law School Admissions

“Keep your GPA up, and raise your LSAT score.”

That’s the advice most people ‘in the know’ will give you when asked how to improve your chances at getting into the law school of your dreams. And, for the most part, it’s true.

While the Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, and Résumé are all important factors in the admissions decision, they really don’t come into play unless you have the GPA and LSAT score to be considered in the first place.

Some law schools take a more holistic approach and will look at your application even if you don’t hit their numbers; these schools are usually just putting off rejecting you for a little while. It’s not that they don’t care about your background.

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Law School Application Work You Can Do During LSAT Prep

If you’re studying for the October LSAT and applying to law school this cycle, you’d be well advised to keep your applications in mind starting now. Ideally, you’ll have everything ready to go so that you can submit your law school applications as soon as your October LSAT score goes live. This means you should start giving some parts of your law school application attention now, before LSAT crunch time hits. Other things can wait until after the LSAT.

Request your letters of recommendation soon. It’s nice to your recommenders to give them ample time. Plus, if they’re in academia, let’s just say that that field doesn’t exactly have a reputation for efficiency. Asking for your law school letter of rec early also makes you look organized and on top of things, and makes clear to your recommenders that they’re the ones you really want writing your letters and not choices of last resort.

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Must be the Season of the Waitlist

It’s still winter, and that means plenty of people have already been admitted to law school. (Jerks). For those of us not touched by angels, this also means that declinations abound. (Please pass the tub of chicken). Then there’s that special third group of people in their own little circle of hell. The waitlisters.

This post, all of you waitlisted and in law school limbo, is for you.

What to do when you’re waitlisted for law school:

1. Read the instructions you’re given.
Some schools explicitly invite waitlisted applicants to send additional materials. If this is the case, you’ll want to submit a letter of continued interest, along with any updates you have.

Some schools may expressly ask you NOT to send additional information.

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Gambling With a December LSAT Score in Law School Admissions

If you’re looking to start law school in 2012, I hope you took the December LSAT this past weekend. Well, I really hope you took it a while ago, applied before Thanksgiving, and have already heard back from your dream school. But if not, you hopefully now have a new score on the way.

If that’s the case, there are two courses of action you can take:

1) The Risk-Averse Method

You’ve got a few weeks to get your materials together. Hopefully, your law school letters of recommendation are already in, as professors who are slow normally are like molasses rolling uphill on a cold day during the holidays (Can I pull off Southern charm? That simile suggests that no, no I can’t). Ditto with the transcripts.

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Thanksgiving Break: The Peak of Law School Applications

Thanksgiving really needs a schtick.

Christmas has presents. And Jesus. Easter has an egg hunt. And Jesus. Halloween has trick or treating. Not so much Jesus with that one.

What does Thanksgiving have? Turkey, football and a parade. But so does pretty much every other holiday (maybe switch football for another seasonal sport).

What do I have to fill the gap and make Thanksgiving a holiday as widely revered as its more famous brethren? Well, nothing good. So let’s finish up those law school applications until I come up with something better for next year!

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Law School Letters of Recommendation Rules to Live By

While your LSAT score, GPA and personal statement will make up the majority of your application packet, your law school letters of recommendation are an integral part of it as well. It’s easy to treat them as an afterthought, just hitting up a few professors in whose classes you received a good grade. However, if you plan out your law school letters of recommendation, they can become a huge plus. Here are a few rules to guide you in the process.

Law School Letters of Recommendation Rule #1
Ask for them early

Professors are notoriously slow at writing law school letters of recommendation.