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Monthly Archives: August 2012
A) Low law school application numbers are good news for all applicants, but they could be particularly positive for African Americans. National Law Journal. B) Above the Law’s new sports law section is a new favorite. Above the Law. C) … Read Entire Article…
Aug 31, 2012 - 3:24 pm - By Hank
Today we have a guest post from Anna Ivey, founder of Ivey Consulting.
I had an interesting conversation recently with a big-wig at an LSAT prep company. He observed that many people applying to law school are highly verbal, and one of the ways they have been able to get ahead in life was in part by sweet-talking their way around problems. These people with great verbal facility then sometimes hit a wall that is new to them: they can’t sweet-talk their way into success on the LSAT. The LSAT is cruel (and ruthlessly effective) that way.
I see that phenomenon too on the application side. Students’ expectations can get normed when, for example, enough professors bump up grades and give extensions, or administrators bend protocol, but will sweet-talking work on a law firm partner?
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We’ve written dozens of blog posts about law school personal statements here on our helpful little LSAT blog, and I know you’ve read every one of them. But believe it or not, there are other resources out there that can help you craft the perfect law school admissions essay.
One of them is a new e-book called The Art of the Law School Personal Statement, by Michelle Fabio. Fabio is the former About.com Guide to Law School who became a Personal Statement Artist. Her latest work checks in at 89 pages, but manages to cover all the bases of writing an effective law school personal statement.
The book’s first point is that students should never underestimate the importance of the law school personal statement. Reading a book about how to write a 2-page essay is a good start in taking it seriously.
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A) Before President Obama broke Reddit yesterday, he answered a question about law school debt. Business Insider. B) She went from homeless to law school to a tax attorney for the Philadelphia Law Department. Huffington Post. C) An American journalist … Read Entire Article…
Aug 30, 2012 - 3:06 pm - By Hank
A) Here’s something they don’t warn you about law school: the wine. Above the Law. B) Some students spent their summer studying the LSAT. Some spent it campaigning. Daily Trojan. C) Barack Obama breaks Reddit. Full story tonight on Fox … Read Entire Article…
Aug 29, 2012 - 2:44 pm - By Hank
No one wants to need an explanatory essay for their law school application. It’s never a positive to explain why you were placed on probation your freshman year of college. Or why you felt the need to relieve yourself in that public alley. Or how that cop was just asking for it.
However, law school applications are down. Schools are being a little more lenient with admissions numbers. LSAT scores are dropping, and GPAs aren’t what they used to be. So surely a misdemeanor here or there will slip through the cracks, right?
Let’s split these explanatory essays up into a few categories and discuss how each one will be affected by the change in law school application volume.
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A) Here are some bargain law schools. It’ll have to do until Groupon gets its s*** together. Wall Street Journal. B) Then again, there’s always Indiana Tech. Above the Law. C) Hey, no biggie, but a group of Army soldiers … Read Entire Article…
Aug 28, 2012 - 3:27 pm - By Hank
A) You probably have a ton of questions about the LSAT and law school admissions. Here are answers to two of them. Law Admissions Lowdown. B) Ever wondered what happened to Chunk from The Goonies? He’s a trufflin’ shufflin’ lawyer. … Read Entire Article…
Aug 27, 2012 - 2:54 pm - By Hank