Tag Archive: personal statements

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Logical Reasonings / 8.11.15

A) You can now get our awesome online course for the October 2015 LSAT for the low, low price of $650. Check it out! Blueprint LSAT

B) A federal judge upheld procedures that will make it easier to get disability accommodations on the LSAT. National Law Journal

C) Here are some tips on writing a great personal statement. U.S. News

D) A former intern of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is suing, saying she worked 50-hour weeks and didn’t get paid. New York Daily News

E) Tomorrow night will be your best chance in five years to see shooting stars. ABC

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Logical Reasonings / 7.8.15

A) When writing your personal statement, it’s a good idea to get some outside perspective – here are some tips on making the most of the feedback you receive. LSAT Blog

B) For you gunners out there, the University of Chicago plans to offer a free online course on technology and law. UChicago

C) A study finds that just a handful of universities are responsible for a large proportion of the nation’s student debt – find out which schools made the list. Chronicle

D) In related student-debt news, how much debt is due to liberal arts degrees from private universities (a.k.a. future law students)? The New Yorker

E) Here’s your “aww” moment of the day: Halifax police write a (fake) ticket for a three-year-old motorcyclist. CBC

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Personal Statements: Not as Scary as You Think

Writing your personal statement can feel like the most stressful part of applying to law school. I put off working on my personal statement for a long time, but once I realized what makes a good personal statement, it wasn’t very daunting at all.

First, let’s take a look at some personal statement prompts. Here’s one from the University of Chicago Law School: “Please use the personal statement to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee and to help the Committee get to know you on a personal level.” Chicago wants you to tell them a story about yourself so they can get to know you beyond your LSAT score and GPA.

Columbia’s prompt is similar. They first give you a long, wordy list of topics you could write about, and then they say you may write about “any other factors that you think should inform the Committee’s evaluation of your candidacy for admission.”

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Logical Reasonings / 5.21.15

A) You can now rate law schools on Yelp. You don’t even have to change your reviews much… “3 Stars: Loved the service, but the food was unexceptional.” Above the Law

B) Check out LSAC’s bi-annual newsletter if you’re interested in the nitty gritty behind the LSAT. LSAC.org

C) Why is the law school personal statement difficult? Girl’s Guide to Law School

D) The New Mexico Law Review published an entire issue dedicated to the legal issues surrounding Breaking Bad. If you ask me, love of Breaking Bad is way more important than any law school ranking. Wall Street Journal

E) Check out the lost gems and terrible failures that were cut for time during this season of SNL. Splitsider

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Logical Reasonings / 5.18.15

A) U.S. News and World Report offers some advice on deciding between two great law schools and taking the LSAT for the third time.

B) Why do law school professors take an eternity (a few weeks) to grade final exams? Above the Law gets the answer straight from the horse’s mouth.

C) Don’t use overly flowery descriptions in your personal statement, you obliviously verbose muttonhead. jdMission

D) The U.S. government thinks courts aren’t able to order top secret documents unsealed for evidence. The Intercept

E) Louis CK’s monologue in Saturday Night Live’s season finale was hilarious… and offensive. Hollywood Reporter

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Logical Reasonings / 5.13.15

A) How to write a strong personal statement without sounding braggadocious. <-- New favorite word. Pen and Chisel

B) If you think you’ve read all the post-law school horror stories, wait until you get a load of this one about a young public defender who lived in his office for five months. Yikes. Above the Law

C) The lawyers who get paid the least are also the happiest. Boy, that homeless public defender must be REALLY happy! New York Times

D) A SCOTUS justice spoke with recent law school grads in New York. Her first name is Sonia — Miss Sotomayor if you’re nasty. Wall Street Journal

E) If you’re wondering why effects-driven blockbuster movies tend to disappoint, perhaps it’s because the filmmakers are ignoring the basic laws of reality when using CGI. Cracked

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Logical Reasonings / 4.22.15

A) Your law school personal statement doesn’t have to be too deep, but it should at least be mistake-free. jdMission

B) More student loan options: Know when it’s best to postpone your payments. US News & World Report

C) On the importance of career planning. Ms. JD

D) A 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard and bookkeeper is standing trial in Germany, in one of the last Nazi trials we’re likely to see. New York Times

E) John Oliver is good at destroying stupid things. This week he took on patent trolls. Above the Law

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Logical Reasonings / 3.26.15

A) 9 tips for applying to law school as an underrepresented minority. US News & World Report

B) Strong writers have no excuse for picking a weak law school personal statement topic. jdMission

C) One law student applied for a clerkship in a federal court that doesn’t exist, and the internet put her on blast. Oopsie. Above the Law

D) Russia wants to build a highway from London to New York. Yes, a highway. This song seems appropriate. CNN

E) R.I.P. Kim Kardashian… ‘s platinum blonde hair. Entertainment Tonight

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Faith and the Law School Admission Process

Today’s post comes to us from Ann Levine, a law school admissions consultant and the founder of LawSchoolExpert.com. She is the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert.

No, this post isn’t about having “faith” that you will get into the law school you desire. I want to talk about sharing religious involvement in your law school application. Blueprint asked me to answer a question for a blog reader:

Will the faith-based volunteer work on my resume be frowned upon or looked at differently than non-religious experiences?

I really love this question, because the applicant assumes she will share that her work was, in fact, religious in nature.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.12.15

A) One more US News rankings link: Who should and should not pay attention to law school rankings. Above the Law

B) A new study says that a law grad’s long-term earnings potential is recession-proof. Assuming they can get a job in the first place, of course. National Law Journal

C) Don’t mention your flaws in your law school personal statement, dum dum. jdMission

D) A jury ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrel infringed on Marvin Gaye’s copyrights for the song “Blurred Lines.” There’s some joke about the blurry lines of justice in there, but why bother? Someone else has probably already made it. Wall Street Journal

E) This is what Netflix looks like when it’s played on an original Nintendo. Slate