Tag Archive: personal statements

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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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Logical Reasonings / 1.30.15

A) A new law school personal statement gets the jdMission treatment. Great analysis for those of you finalizing your application. jdMission

B) Apparently you don’t even need to meet a girl to get her number, if you go to Yale Law. Above the Law

C) One of the key advocates for law school transparency takes Harvard to task for not fully disclosing job numbers, among other problems. Harvard Law Record

D) If you haven’t seen this lawyer get arrested for doing her job yet, it’s pretty messed up. Above the Law

E) The winner of this Super Bowl snack bracket would also have won the What-I-Bought-For-Lunch-In-Middle-School-When-My-Parents-Thought-I-Was-Eating-Something-Of-Nutritional-Value bracket. Deadspin

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Logical Reasonings / 1.26.15

A) One law school admissions consultant shares his advice for when and how to show interest in your top choice schools. US News & World Report

B) Night law school is getting less “nighty” — is it still possible to work and get a law degree? Above the Law

C) Should you title your application’s personal statement? Perhaps my essay The Indubitable Uselessness of Titular Expression can help you answer that question. If not, Pen and Chisel has you covered.

D) The Silk Road trial continues, and it turns out it was the IRS(!) who first tracked down alleged mastermind Ross Ulbricht. Guess he shouldn’t have written all that “business heroin” off his taxes. Wall Street Journal

E) Why are movies released in January so terrible? Well, besides having names (and inexplicable ad campaigns) like Mortdecai, it seems they’re trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle. Five Thirty Eight

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Logical Reasonings / 1.23.15

A) How is your law school personal statement different from an undergrad research paper? Well, hopefully you won’t have to spend much time on JSTOR for it. Pen and Chisel

B) Meet Ms. JD’s 2015 writers-in-residence — looks like a bunch of smart and ambitious future lawyers. Good luck, ladies! Ms. JD

C) A Berkeley law student is out to undermine Asian stereotypes by… doing porn? I think he’s the kind of guy that anyone can get behind. Oops, I mean he’s the kind of guy that can get behind anyone. Above the Law

D) Skymall filed for bankruptcy :-( Wall Street Journal

E) This extreme archery video is equal parts awesome and exceedingly lame. Laughing Squid

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Logical Reasonings / 1.13.15

A) William Mitchell just became the first accredited law school to offer a hybrid classroom/online degree. St. Paul Star Tribune

B) Understand why you want to go to law school before you try to convince others in your personal statement. jdMission

C) How to set useful goals. Make them measurable, realistic, and short. (<-- Like these two sentences.) Girl’s Guide to Law School

D) Five things to know about the upcoming trial of alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht. I’ll add a sixth: this is going to make a hell of a movie someday. Wall Street Journal

E) Shipping glitter to your enemies might be the most hilarious (and certainly the most whimsical) way to get revenge. Slate

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Finishing Law Applications: Get Ready to Submit!

It’s the most wonderful time of year. Not Christmas; December LSAT scores will be released soon after the New Year, and you’ll be ready to finalize your schools list and get those applications out the door. This is the time when law school applicants are tempted to hurry up and submit things, and therefore it’s also the time when most mistakes are made.

To help you avoid those killer errors, here are your final, extra steps to make sure your hard work pays off:

1. Read your personal statement. Out loud. This is how you notice errors and typos, especially those pesky extra words and the casualties of quickie cut-and-paste jobs.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.18.14

If you’re working on your law school personal statement, I highly recommend checking out this series of reviews over. jdMission.

Five major reasons (and the science) behind procrastination. I would have posted this sooner, but you know. The Muse

A helpful primer on types of law school scholarships from a terribly named blog. How2WinScholarships

This joining of two biglaw firms is less a merger, and more an annexation. Wall Street Journal

How to say “I am Groot” in 15 languages. This is what the internet was invented for, people. Vulture

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Stay Ahead on Your Law School Applications

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

If you’re taking the December LSAT, you’ve probably been spending most of your application time developing a strong study regime. Great! But even though the LSAT is a critical part of your argument for admission, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the other parts of your application.

What else should you do between now and the exam to make sure you’ll be ready to submit your applications as soon as you receive your scores?

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Logical Reasonings / 11.4.14

Tips for writing a kick-ass personal statement. US News

Why a legal challenge to the Ebola quarantine will likely fail. io9

Just another reason why you should take Blueprint and own the LSAT. Wall Street Journal

If I was a law firm, I’d be scared of suing the POTUS, too… Vox

Kind old man arrested for feeding the homeless=Boo you Fort Lauderdale. KHON2