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Law School Admissions: Researching Law Schools Part II

Posted by Jimmy B. on 11/8/19 11:00 AM

It’s a funny thing – law schools are pretty much all the same, but they think of themselves so differently. All 1L students (pretty much) take the same courses: contracts, torts, civil procedure, constitutional law, property, and criminal law. Almost all law school students graduate with debt. All law schools produce a similar variety of lawyers – lawyers at firms, in-house counsels, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and a smattering of other positions.

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Law School Admissions: Researching Law Schools Part I

Posted by Jimmy B. on 11/1/19 11:00 AM

The first step for any successful law school list is to go to this website. This tool is incredibly helpful and managed by LSAC – you input your LSAT score and GPA, and it shows you the 25/75 percentile range for various schools, and basically how you stack up. Private companies have their own tools – do not trust them! The LSAC collects all of their data directly from the law schools – it is by far the most accurate prediction tool. Don’t listen to “chance me” blogs or forums, or any tool but the LSAC one. It is the best starting point for your search.

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Law School Admissions: Drafting the personal statement

Posted by Jimmy B. on 10/25/19 11:00 AM

The personal statement – that famous, infamous even, stress-inducing 500-750 words. What separates you from the law school of your dreams. Pages of scribbled down notes and back of the napkin insights into who you really are. Here are a few pieces of advice to help get you through it.

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Law School Admissions: Deciding whether to retake the LSAT

Posted by Jimmy B. on 10/19/19 12:44 PM

Ah, the LSAT. That dreaded rite of passage. The most important piece in the law school puzzle. And those Logic Games! Who cares if Train C pulled in at 1pm before Train D! But, alas, it is the kicker for securing top law school admissions, so it must be taken seriously. Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to retake:

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Law School Admissions: Deciding on the diversity statement

Posted by Jimmy B. on 10/11/19 11:00 AM

Law school applicants typically see an opportunity for more – another essay, another letter of recommendation, a supplemental report – and jump at it. The more the better, right? Another opportunity to show off writing skill, or have a professor brag about your Greek mythology paper from junior year.

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Part 3 of your law school guide: tips on the application

Posted by Jimmy B. on 6/14/19 5:43 PM

Do not apply to law schools that you do not actually want to attend.

It is particularly important for you to have non-reach schools that you are excited about. Sometimes students get so focused on their dream school that they don’t give enough thought to the schools to which they will probably be admitted. Relatedly, students should ideally go into the law school application process of a very real sense of the legal job market, and the difficulties getting high-paying corporate jobs can be from non T14 schools. Helping educate students on this can be an important part of your role.

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Part 2 of your law school guide: the application process

Posted by Jimmy B. on 6/12/19 6:18 PM

 

The LSAT and GPA

The LSAT, along with the GPA, are by far the most important elements of your profile. The good news (and bad news) about the GPA is that it’s usually outside of your control – you got the grades you got, and now you have to calibrate your admissions process based on those grades. Of course, if you’re still in college, make sure to keep up top grades in as many rigorous (and letter-graded) courses through your senior spring.

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Part 1 of your law school guide: before even beginning to study...

Posted by Jimmy B. on 6/10/19 6:53 PM

Applying to law school is scary – there’s no way around it. The process is arduous, the LSAT is a behemoth, and the end-game is expensive and rigorous. But law school is wonderful – challenging, meaningful, and exciting. Reminding yourself of why you are applying, what is motivating you to apply, can help you get through the year(s)-long process. Below is a brief, though hopefully comprehensive, guide to all things LSAT.

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The LSAT: Cracking Sufficient Assumption Questions

Posted by Jimmy B. on 7/20/18 6:14 PM

Many students find Sufficient Assumption questions to be among the most difficult on the LSAT. They are relatively with common, and students should expect 2-4 per exam. While they are not the most frequent question type, they tend to eat up a large amount of students’ time. However, with the right strategies, they become much easier to solve. Here are three examples, all from LSAT 70.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Law School Recommendations

Posted by Jimmy B. on 4/19/17 1:00 PM

In this blog post, Jimmy (one of our Harvard JDs) answers four frequently asked questions about the process for acquiring your letters of recommendation for a JD application. 

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