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10 Essential Tips for Acing Your Law School Application

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Aug 15, 2023

Introduction

Are you ready to take the plunge into the exciting world of law school applications? With high hopes and dreams of becoming the next Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Atticus Finch, you're probably feeling a mix of excitement and fear. But fear not, aspiring legal eagle! We have compiled a list of 10 essential tips to help you ace your law school application and secure your seat in the hallowed halls of justice (or at least the classroom).

  1. Know Your Deadlines (and Don't Miss Them): In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." And if you fail to meet your application deadlines, well, there's no coming back from that. Mark your calendar with every important date and set reminders. It would be a shame if your future career as a legal mastermind was thwarted by an oversight in timing.
  2. Do Your Research (No, Seriously): It's no secret that lawyers love research. And while you may not have your law degree yet, it's time to start embracing that passion. Research each law school on your list and find out about their specific requirements, values, and strengths. This information will not only help you tailor your application but also demonstrate your genuine interest in their institution. After all, flattery will get you (almost) everywhere.
  3. Get Personal in Your Personal Statement: Your personal statement is your time to shine, so make it count. Share a compelling story about why you want to study law and highlight your unique experiences, skills, and perspectives. Remember, law schools are looking for students who will bring something special to the table (besides an impressive knowledge of Latin phrases).
  4. Mind Your LSAT Score (It Matters): Many law school applicants dread the thought of taking the LSAT. But hey, at least it's not the bar exam! Your LSAT score will weigh heavily on your application, so buckle down and start studying. Take practice tests, join a study group, or invest in a prep course. And remember, even Socrates had to learn to think critically at some point.
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Choose Wisely: Selecting the right people to write your letters of recommendation can be a daunting task. Do you pick the professor who knows your name, or the one who once gave you a B- but has a law degree from Harvard? (Hint: Go for the one who knows your name.) Your recommenders should be able to speak to your work ethic, intellect, and potential for success in law school. Choose them carefully, and don't forget to provide them with all the necessary information (and maybe some chocolate as a thank you).
  6. Show Off Your Extracurriculars (Humbly): You've worked hard to amass an impressive list of extracurricular activities, and now it's time to showcase them. Whether you've been president of your college debate team, volunteered at a legal aid clinic, or spent your free time mastering the ancient art of origami, these experiences can set you apart from other applicants. Just remember to present them in a way that highlights your dedication, growth, and commitment to the legal field.
  7. Be Realistic, But Aim High: When selecting the law schools to apply to, be honest with yourself about your qualifications and the schools' competitiveness. By all means, apply to your dream schools, but also consider including a few "safety" schools. Remember, Harvard may be the holy grail of law schools, but there are plenty of other exceptional institutions where you can learn to craft the perfect legal argument.
  8. Edit, Edit, Edit (Your Applications, That Is): You may have aced your grammar exams in high school, but even the sharpest legal minds can make mistakes. Proofread your application materials multiple times and have someone else review them as well. Law school admissions committees appreciate attention to detail, and typos are simply not in the same league as "I object!" and "May it please the court."
  9. Nail Your Interviews (But Keep It Classy): If you're invited for a law school interview, congratulations! This is your chance to make a lasting impression and demonstrate your verbal prowess. Practice your answers to common interview questions, and don't forget to throw in some anecdotes to showcase your personality. Dress professionally, be punctual, and remember that a firm handshake can go a long way. Just avoid crushing your interviewer's hand – you want to leave an impression, not an injury.
  10. Don't Let Rejection Get You Down: Rejection is a part of life, and law school applications are no exception. If you don't get accepted into your top-choice school, don't despair. You still have the opportunity to excel at another institution and build an impressive legal career. Just remember, it's not the school that makes the lawyer, but the relentless pursuit of justice (and the ability to think on your feet in a courtroom).

Conclusion

Acing your law school application is no easy feat, but with these 10 essential tips, you'll be well on your way to becoming a bona fide legal scholar. Remember to research, strategize, and showcase your unique strengths. And most importantly, believe in yourself. After all, the world needs more advocates who can fight for justice with a healthy dose of wit and wisdom.

Now go forth and conquer those applications! Soon enough, you'll be trading in your LSAT study guides for late-night case readings and cold calls in class. And when you finally don your cap and gown, take a moment to relish your hard-earned accomplishment. The journey to becoming a lawyer is long and arduous, but with determination and a dash of dry humor, you'll undoubtedly rise to the challenge.

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Guys I just realized in my last LOCi to UCLA
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I listed a professor who posted on one of his blogs that he is leaving at the end of June in 2024
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but I didn't know that he posted that it was in ONE blog it wasn't on the UCLA website
Ijustwannagetinman
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I didn't list him in my second LOCi he's just literally one of my favorite authors so I wrote about him is this devastating that I listed him??
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i think ur okay i dont think they would expect u to know let alone know themselves
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This is a risk of talking about specific professors (and my school's careers in law folks advised me against doing so in Why ___ essays for that reason) but I doubt they're going to gauge your entire interest in the school based on this
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Ironically, you'll probably benefit if your reader is a bit cynical and assumes the "one of my favorite authors" bit is laying it on thick, but this person leaving is not actually a dealbreaker
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(Which it does not sound like it is)
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during my cycle (2020-21) I mentioned professors in many of my apps
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I outperformed my numbers so I don't think its that bad of a tactic
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I think you just need to sound credible
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I didn’t say he was one of my favorite authors I just cited UCLA’s first amendment center and said “led by professor volohk”
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But he’s leaving soon
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He happens to be one of my favorite authors, but I didn’t say that in the essay
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