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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.

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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.