Everything you wanted to know – and then some – regarding the application process. Do you know what to include? What to avoid? How to incorporate career goals? Find out here.
What Not to Write in Your Law School Personal Statement
Getting started on your personal essay for law school can seem like the most daunting part of the application process. Choosing a topic, a style, and perfecting your tone are difficult enough for any essay, especially the one that will accompany the rest of your law school application. But with the right approach and a better understanding of what makes a strong personal statement for law school admissions committees, you will confident sending in your best effort.
Don’t Rely Too Heavily on Spell Check for Your Personal Statements
We always tell law school applicants to recruit a trusted proofreader to review their applications, especially personal statements, before submitting them electronically to their prospective law school’s application website. This is one case where you will want to print out the materials you plan to submit for a thorough proofreading. And please do not trust an automated spell or grammar checker to catch all the errors. If you are not convinced, here are errors that most automated checkers will not catch:
The Hidden Dangers in Reading Sample Law School Personal Statements
Law school admissions officers are looking for bright, focused applicants who can, among other attributes, think for themselves. While you may be all of these things, you also may feel like you need to look at personal-statement samples to help you get your bearings on developing the format and style of your own narrative.
Getting the Most Out of Your Recommendation
Even well-meaning recommenders can unintentionally submit a statement that, while supportive, does nothing to win over an admissions committee.
Creating the Right Alternative
While one cannot undo a poor past academic performance, there are multiple strategies to mitigate it. In some cases an academic addendum might be appropriate. In certain circumstances, an effective strategy might be building an alternate transcript.
Lower Application Volume Can Mean Fewer Admission Offers
The number of people applying to full-time law programs has been relatively low in recent years. Senior Consultant Heike Spahn says that can affect the decisions that some applicants receive.
Letters of Recommendation
Most law schools require two letters of recommendation. You need to think strategically in choosing the people you ask to write those letters.
Should You Say “Thank You”?
Is the use of a thank-you note – creative or not – going to give you an inside edge and land you an admissions offer from your target school? We asked one of our consultants his opinions on the matter.
Letters of Reference from Professors
There’s probably one group of people that hates dealing with letters of recommendation even more than applicants, and that is the professors who are asked to write them. As an applicant, you only have to worry about rounding up one set of letters for yourself. College professors however are forced to deal with dozens, if not scores of letter recommendation requests at any one time.
Sincerity Is the Key to Compiling a Strong Activities Record
One of the great things about college is that you have the opportunity to get involved in all kinds of extracurricular activities. But that wealth of choices can almost be too much for students who are planning to apply to law school.
6 Steps to a Successful Law School Application
With the approach of summer – and what only seem like the far off days of early fall, in September – June is a good time for law school applicants to start planning ahead.