It’s that time of year when we all resolve to eat better, exercise more, or otherwise improve ourselves. For those of you who have decided to apply to law school in 2013, here are a few helpful resolutions you can make.
(Re)connect with recommenders for your law school applications.
Now is a great time to lay the groundwork with potential recommenders for your law school applications. If you are still in school, make sure you’re going to office hours or getting back in touch with professors you had earlier in your college career. If you’re out of school, send an e-mail to reconnect now. Give them an update on what you’re doing and see what they have been working on lately. Let them know you’re thinking about applying to law school. That way, your request later in the year won’t come out of nowhere.
Start studying for the LSAT test.
It is never too early to start prepping for the LSAT. More than any other standardized test, the LSAT can make or break an application. It is offered in February, June, October, and December. If you’re able to take it in February or June that allows you more time to take it again if you need to. It also has the added benefit of getting it out of the way so you can focus on the rest of your law school applications. Law school admissions are rolling, so you want to get yours in as soon as possible in the fall, and you want to avoid having to wait for a December LSAT score.
Begin brainstorming your law school application personal statement.
The biggest challenge with the law school application personal statement is figuring out what to focus on. Most people have a number of different experiences that have shaped them and could yield a powerful personal statement. Now is a great time to start brainstorming for your law school application. Try writing about different experiences and see what works best. That way, by the time you get to actually crafting the statement, a lot of the time consuming thinking will already be done.
Last but not least, if you’re still in school, keep your grades up for your law school application.
Senioritis can be tempting, but if you’re still in school make sure your grades stay strong because your GPA really matters, and this semester is 1/8 of your final GPA.