Tag Archive: Application

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Logical Reasonings / 4.23.15

A) 5 charts that show why you should apply to law school this year. Not as valuable as this chart, but… Bloomberg

B) This wait-listed law school applicant is real ballsy… up until he’s very un-ballsy. Above the Law

C) The number of law school applicants is still falling. It’s currently down 2.6% from the same time last year. Wall Street Journal

D) The FBI essentially faked an entire field of forensic science and overstated prosecution evidence in 268 trials (so far). Land of the free and home of the brave, folks. Slate

E) An ancient underground city that’s 5,000,000 square feet and could support 20,000 people? You have my attention. Slate

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First Steps in the Law School Application Process

Today’s tips come from Eileen Conner, who helps law students create excellent law school admissions essays in her work as founder of Pen and Chisel.

If you’re planning to apply for law school in fall 2015, now is the perfect time to lay the foundations for a great application. At this early stage, it’s especially useful to explore your options and begin narrowing down your priorities. In addition to studying for the LSAT — definitely the top priority for those of you taking the June test — what can you do now to start preparing?

Clarify your goals
Before you take your first steps along the path to law school, it’s important to ensure you’re working toward something you truly want.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.14.15

A) Why do law schools make their application instructions so hard to find? Who knows. But make sure you search them out. Ivey Files

B) Consider how a law school’s location will affect your future job prospects. I’d also suggest considering how much winter sucks. U.S. News and World Report

C) How a minimalist lifestyle can help you survive law school. Survive Law

D) Hillary Clinton’s Chipotle order is healthier than yours. New York Times

E) Alabama Shakes is the best and you can listen to their new album for free! NPR First Lsiten

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Logical Reasonings / 4.13.15

A) Above the Law‘s interesting law school decision series is back with a Google employee’s two-school conundrum.

B) Use your application addendum to highlight improvements in GPA. U.S. News & World Report

C) Is it cheating to ask for help when you search for a legal job? Short answer: No. Long answer: Nooooooooooooo. About.com

D) Top law firms won’t represent anti-gay marriage cases in the Supreme Court. New York Times

E) The best and worst moments from the MTV Movie Awards. (This is for anyone older than 22–I’m going to assume the rest of you already saw it.) Rolling Stone

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How to Decide Where to Apply

If you want a J.D. from an ABA-approved institution, there are 204 schools you can apply to. Most of us can’t apply to all 204. And why would you want to? That would be expensive and a huge waste of time.

So how do you figure out which law schools to apply to? There are four key factors to consider.

1. Rankings
Rankings are important for two reasons: A) They can help predict which schools you’ll get into, and B) They dictate how prestigious your degree is seen to be.

Regarding Point A: Your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA factor heavily into a law school’s admissions decision.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.3.15

A) SHOWDOWN: Above the Law helps one law school applicant decide between a full ride scholarship and a more prestigious law school.

B) Double your ATL, double your fun: A Drexel law professor is under investigation for sending her class a video of… well, let’s just say it rhymes with gray nil meads.

C) Some alumni of a small-town law school believe the only way to save it is to make it not a small-town law school. Inside Higher Ed

D) Alabama has decided claims of elder abuse in relation to the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird sequel are “unfounded.” Wall Street Journal

E) A detailed analysis of possibly the most plagiarized joke of all time. Splitsider

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Logical Reasonings / 3.4.15

A) Why employers should ignore the US News law school rankings. (They won’t, though.) Above the Law

B) Your application personal statement will be stronger if you go in-depth on a couple of ideas, rather than give many cursory thoughts. jdMission

C) The New York Times just announced a new education initiative. Inside Higher Ed

D) SCOTUS heard arguments on the latest (serious) threat to Obamacare. The Washington Post has five takeaways, while the Daily Beast tries to read the tea leaves and predict which way Justices Kennedy and Roberts will vote.

E) Geico’s new Youtube ads are awesomely unskippable. Next Impulse Sports

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Logical Reasonings / 2.26.15

A) Don’t lose the reader in the first sentence of your personal statement. jdMission

B) A law prof explores changes in the bar exam over the sixty years, and wonders if the Uniformed Bar Exam is doing its job. Above the Law

C) The FCC declares net neutrality! Take one second to celebrate, then prepare for Congress and/or ISP’s to challenge the ruling for the next gazillion years. Gizmodo

D) Here’s what women could afford if it weren’t for the gender pay gap. Sure, but then what could mean afford?! (Oh, right, all the same things.) Washington Post

E) Llamas on the lloose! <-- A headline you will see on the local news tonight. But seriously, two llamas got loose and helicopters followed the chase to bring them in and it's all online. AREN'T YOU GLAD THE NET IS NETURAL?! Slate

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Choosing a Law School After You’re Accepted

At this point in the year, as you’re practically blowing your nose and wiping your bum with an unmanageable mountain of law school acceptance letters (*fingers crossed*), you enter the hardest part of the application journey: deciding where to go.

For most people, the primary factors to consider are — in precisely this order — cash, money, guap, and cheeze. Whether in the form of scholarships, grants, or financial aid, it’s imperative that you consider where your school choice will land you financially in three years. That’s truer now than ever before, because graduate school debt, and law school debt in particular, has drastically increased in the last few years without a commensurate rise in payment or employment prospects. In fact, since 2008, many firms have actually scaled back their hiring, and some schools have responded with shady-at-best practices to obfuscate their blighted placement records.

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All Your February LSAT Application Options

What a glorious week all you February LSAT takers are waking up to. Exhausted, curled up, wrung out? Take heart; you could be in Boston.

Here’s some of the best news, though. For many years I’ve been banging the drum to apply EARLY, EARLY, EARLY in the admissions cycle. Recently, though, it’s been more of a finger tapping.

Many people who submitted their applications last fall are already getting acceptances, so that hasn’t changed, and that’s a nice bonus for them. But the good news for you, dear Februaries, is that there’s never been a better time to be applying late in the cycle.

Many law schools are in wait-and-see mode as application volume has dropped like a stone for several years.