Tag Archive: pre-law

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The Year in Prelaw News

We all know that the biggest news of 2014 was the return of French Toast Crunch. That announcement is exciting, to be sure, but don’t forget that 2014 brought some highlights in the world of law school applications as well. The year provided data galore – Employment data! Bar passage data! LSAT data! And, of course, it provided some pretty great memes too.

To refresh your memory, here’s a list of the biggest law school-related news of 2014:

The narrative to which we’ve become accustomed is that numbers in general are down, and 2014 was no exception to that rule. The number of law school applications dropped 8 percent from last year, totaling a decline of 37 percent since 2010.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.12.14

PreLaw Magazine honors 25 law schools for their innovative clinics. PreLaw

It seems law schools are becoming more accepting of transfer students. The American Lawyer

A new Stanford study has some ideas on how to close the gender gaps at law schools. Stanford News

TestMasters and Test Masters are in some kind of legal battle. Better just stick with Blueprint. National Law Journal

Usher’s new single is available exclusively in Honey Nut Cheerios boxes being sold at Walmart. So if you thought art was dead… you were right. Billboard

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Another Slide: 2014 June LSAT Test-Takers Down 9.1%

The number of people taking the LSAT has dropped yet again.

If it seems like you’ve read that sentence before, it’s because you probably have. With the exception of a slight uptick in February 2014, the number of people taking the LSAT has steadily declined since October 2010. As I wrote when the December LSAT numbers were released, the decrease in people taking the LSAT is likely good news for people applying to law school now. Fewer people taking the LSAT means fewer law school applicants, which means less competition both for admittance and for scholarships. The good news, however, doesn’t stop there.

According to an article published in the Winter 2014 issue of PreLaw Magazine, though estimates of the exact time-frame vary, there could be more jobs than law school graduates as early as 2016.

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Not-So-Obvious Advice From Law School Admissions Deans

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 3 of 3.

A question and answer session with a panel of law school admissions deans was the last, but certainly not least, event at the 2014 PCAPLA Conference Friday evening on the UCLA campus.

The panel — which consisted of Southwestern University Law School Assistant Dean of Admissions Lisa Gear, Pepperdine University School of Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Shannon Phillips, USC Gould School of Law Dean of Admissions Chloe Reid, Loyola Law School Assistant Dean of Admissions Jannell Lundy, and UCLA School of Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Rob Schwartz — discussed an array of topics and gave great advice to the dozens of pre-law advisors in attendance to pass along to their students.

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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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Summer Job Ideas to Boost Your Law School Applications

For our college-age readers, the school year is drawing to a close, which means you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to do all summer. And if your sights are set on law school, you may be wondering how your summer activities can boost your law school applications.

The good news is that there’s no right or wrong summer job in the eyes of law school admissions officers. As long as you do something productive with your time – and no, sadly, 8 weeks of marathoning shows on Netflix does not count as productive – you really can’t go wrong.

Many pre-law students, not surprisingly, focus on the legal field for summer jobs and internships. It’s important to note that doing so is far from required for law school applications.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.13.13

A) Here’s Blueprint LSAT Prep’s own Matt Riley talking LSAT for beginners in this fall’s edition of PreLaw Magazine. PreLaw Magazine.

B) Ah, a list of books your law school professors think you should read. The gift that keeps on giving (headaches). Above the Law.

C) Loyola Law School is so vogue. Apparel News.

D) You’d care if it was your tenure. Inside Higher Ed.

E) If you know anyone who received an acceptance letter from Fordham recently, you might want to show them this. ABC News.

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Announcing Our Latest LSAT Blog Caption Contest Winners

It’s been a week since our latest caption contest on the LSAT blog launched, so that means it’s time to give away some cool prizes. And oh, how cool the prize is.

Law School Expert Ann Levine has just released the second edition of her best-selling pre-law guide The Law School Admission Game. The book covers all the steps necessary for admission into the law school of your dreams, and the updated version features new advice regarding personal statements, résumés and addenda, optional essays, and LSAT prep.

Without further ado, here’s the photo for which we asked LSAT blog readers to give a humorous, pre-law-related caption:

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Today at 4 p.m. EST: A Blueprint LSAT Prep Live Reddit AMA

UPDATE: The Reddit AMA with Blueprint LSAT Prep instructor Laura Santoski is complete. Huge thanks to everyone who submitted questions. There are some great ones, so if you missed out on the live action, be sure to re-read.

Some of the most interesting people in the world have answered questions on their own Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread. Stephen Colbert. Mindy Kaling. Snoop Lion. Even President Obama has done one.

Well, starting at 4 p.m. EST, you can add one more big name to the list: Blueprint LSAT Prep.

This afternoon, Boston instructor, law school admissions consultant and LSAT blog contributor Laura Santoski will sit down and answer your questions about the LSAT and law school admissions in her own Reddit AMA thread.

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New Pre-Law Book Giveaway, Plus Caption Contest Winner

As you know, Blueprint LSAT Preparation recently gave away five free copies of our brand new LSAT book, The Blueprint for LSAT Logic Games. If you missed out on the drawing, don’t sweat it. We’ve got another pre-law book giveaway to announce right here, right now.

This time, though, we’re giving away five free copies of Law School Expert Ann Levine‘s books The Law School Admission Game (two copies) and The Law School Decision Game (three copies).

Both books are great resources for applying to law school, covering everything from the factors you should weigh in choosing a school to what you can expect working for Big Law. See for yourself in this review of The Law School Decision Game.