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How to Write a Great Law School Personal Statement

Other than an applicant’s LSAT score and undergraduate GPA, the most important component of a law school application is the personal statement. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell admissions committees about the person behind the numbers, achievements and other aspects of you that they will learn about in the other parts of your…

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What You Need To Know About Law School Deadlines

Because law schools use a rolling admissions cycle, it is often daunting to figure out each school’s application deadline, if they have one at all, and what one should do if the stated deadline has passed. “Hard” vs. “Soft” Law School Deadlines Because of the rolling nature of the law school admissions cycle, candidates submit…

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6 Tips on Surviving 1L Year

You’ve made it to law school. Congratulations! You are on your way to one of the most challenging but exciting academic journeys that you could imagine. Obviously attending class, outlining, and studying are critical to your 1L year. But there is a lot more to 1L year success than just studying. It’s important to step…

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Want to Influence Public Policy? 5 Law School Admissions Tips To Make It Happen

If you are interested in attending law school because you hope to shape or influence public policy, there are many options for you. According to this US News article, a law degree is a terrific pathway to government work. Start with the substance – always. “Policy” can be a broad term, so begin by identifying…

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Top 5 Tips for Law School Scholarships

We all know it — law school is expensive! Many law students find themselves investing upwards of $150,000 to earn their J.D.   So as you apply to law school, figuring out how to finance your legal education is probably top of mind. It is common to take out student loans. However, there are many…

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Applying to Law School as a TFA Corps Member

“S.W.B.A.T.” If you immediately think that means “Students Will Be Able To,” then you are probably a teacher, maybe even a Teach for America (TFA) corps member. If you are a part of TFA, you might be considering law school after leaving the classroom. You wouldn’t be alone. 4% of TFA graduates go on to…

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Will Public Defense Be Right for You?

Are you thinking of going to law school to become a public defender? If so, you probably don’t see yourself being that bumbling public defender from My Cousin Vinny. You more likely envision Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. Bottom line, you want to stand up for the less fortunate when the odds are…

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Will a Clerkship Be Right for You?

When you get to law school, you might hear a lot of talk about applying to clerkships. Indeed, many upper-tier law schools graduate a significant portion of students into clerkships: recently, Yale 37.11%, Harvard 23.3%, University of Chicago 19%, and Virginia 19%. Clerkships are competitive and can open doors to prominent positions afterwards, so it…

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Do I Take a Gap Year Before Law School? What to Consider When Deciding If You Should Take a Year Off

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Applicants often ask me if they should take a year off after college and before they attend law school. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Increasingly, however, many top law schools seem to be in favor of taking some time away from academics before pursuing a law degree. Among Yale’s Class of 2020, 38% are 1-2…

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When to Include an Addendum on Your Law School Application

Originally published as an expert guest post on Manhattan Prep Typically, law school applicants focus their efforts on writing appealing personal statements and diversity statements—and rightfully so: those are the most important parts of the application. Many candidates, however, neglect the invaluable opportunity extended to them by law schools to put in context experiences that…

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6 Ways to Nail Your Law School Admissions Interview

Originally published as an expert guest post on Manhattan Prep You’ve just scored a law school admissions interview with that one law school that sits on top of your list! Congratulations! Now, how do you nail that interview? Here are six tips: 1. Be Prepared What you’re facing is nothing short of a job interview….

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How to Craft a Law School Resume – Some Key Considerations

The truth is that there is no standard law school resume. Resumes differ in terms of style and substance. Express your creativity and unique history, while keeping the following considerations in mind: Four Main Categories of a Law School Resume Education Because law school is an academic undertaking, your education should be the first section….

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