Category Archive: Law School

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DOs and DON’Ts of Your Personal Statement

As the Immortal Bard once stated, “Now is the winter of our discontent.” For those of you working on your personal statements can probably relate to his sentiment all too well. For me, writing my personal statement was the worst part of the application process. From coming up with a topic to proofreading it a million times, it was truly a harrowing experience.

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Don’t forget — this Saturday is Southwestern Law Day

A reminder to all of those who will be in Los Angeles this weekend: On Saturday, Southwestern Law School is holding the appropriately named Southwestern Law Day. That’s a whole day, from 1:30-6:30 pm, for prospective law students to learn about getting into law school, succeeding as a law student, and what it’s like being an attorney.

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Should you clerk after law school? (…Also, what is clerking?)

One of the aspects of a career in law that I find both appealing and frustrating is that the finish line is constantly moving. For example, when you first start thinking about becoming a lawyer, your goal is to get a good LSAT score and get into a good school. Then, the goal becomes to perform well in school, which can include a host of non-academic activities, such as journals and moot court.

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RSVP to Our Two Upcoming Webinars!

The beginning of November always brings to light one of the most important debates in American culture: When does the holiday season actually begin? Is it after Halloween (no), or does the season not truly start until after Thanksgiving (yes)?

Okay, so it’s not really a debate, because the people who start putting up holiday decorations right after Halloween are flat-out wrong. And, similarly, there’s no debate over whether our upcoming free web seminars will be helpful to all the pre-law hopefuls out there!

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Southern California: RSVP to Southwestern’s Law Day

Are you a prospective law student? Will you be in the LA area November 11? If so, you don’t want to miss Southwestern’s Law Day. It’ll be at Southwestern from 1:30 to 6 pm, and if you go you’ll get a $400 discount off a Blueprint classroom course. You’ll also get your application fee to Southwestern waived. With all those discounts you might even be able to fly to LA for the event and still come out ahead. But don’t book your tickets without sending your RSVP — the event may be free but you do need to let them know you’re coming.

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Jurisprudanse Macabre: The Scariest Legal Cases

When I was preparing for the bar exam, one of the practice questions involved analyzing potential legal claims for injuries the plaintiff sustained after getting frightened in a haunted house. Because I can’t escape the ghost of the bar exam, I’ve decided to cover some real Halloween-related legal cases that have come up over the years.

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The World’s Ugliest Law Schools

Last week, the aesthetes of Architecture Digest published a list of the eight ugliest university buildings in America. And — unfortunately for those who are currently plugging away at the LSAT in the hopes of one day attending these institutions — law schools were disproportionately represented. Despite the fact that most law schools are just one or two buildings tucked away in the corners of otherwise sprawling collegiate campuses, three of the eight slots were reserved for law schools.

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I’ve been academically dismissed following 1L. What should I do?

In this post, law school admissions expert Anna Ivey answers a student’s question about reapplying to law school following an academic dismissal.

Student: “I completed one year of law school in May 2017. However, I was academically dismissed due to poor test results. Currently, I am taking a year off from law school, but I am determined to complete law school and become an attorney. I am strongly considering retaking the LSAT before reapplying.”