Writer's note: I love r/lsa and spent endless hours there while applying. The subreddit holds a special place in my heart. Despite the concerns I bring up in this article, I still think it's one of the beautiful hidden corners of the internet that one occasionally stumbles upon.
Law School Admissions on Reddit is a forum for people who are interested in law school admissions. The law school admissions subreddit, r/lawschooladmissions or r/LSA, is the main social media location that law school applicants visit to learn about law school and share ups and downs with fellow applicants.
It is a place where people can ask questions and get advice from others who are applying or have recently applied. The subreddit allows people to share their experiences and stories about law school admissions. At LSD we are working on providing as many of the big points as possible so you have a trusted point of truth, but r/lawschooladmissions is still a great place to find old posts (since LSD chat only goes back 200 posts) and find some of those less common questions.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to use Law School Admissions Reddit (or any other online forum) will vary depending on your individual needs and goals. However, if you are seeking advice on your law school applications, then Law School Admissions Reddit can be an excellent resource. It can also be a little draining because people will be ahead of you in the process and doing more than you. Which might make you feel like you aren't doing enough.
r/lsa is a great source of positivity and community because it allows users to connect with others who share similar interests and are going through the same law school application process. It gives users a place to share their thoughts and feelings on a variety of topics. In addition, the community is generally (like 99% of the time) very supportive and helpful. If you ever need advice or want to discuss something, you can be sure to find someone on Reddit who will be more than happy to help you out.
Law school admissions is a black box. The average applicant doesn’t know how the admissions committee (adcom) thinks. Even someone with adcom experience doesn’t know what it is like at every school. We know that GPA, LSAT score, and personal statement are important factors in the admissions process. But we don’t know exactly what the committee is looking for when they read applications, and we never will. Once someone leaves the adcom, the mentality necessarily changes, so even advice from a prior HLS adcom member is outdated and partially irrelevant. Someone writing on the law school admissions Reddit page is unlikely to have the same mindset as a current adcom.
Adcoms are made up of law school staff and faculty who evaluate applications. They are a diverse group of people who have their own opinions and biases. They might be looking for a certain type of student, or they might be trying to fill a quota. The bottom line is that there is no single correct answer to many important questions. Someone who speaks confidently on the topic may be speaking with the best intentions and experience, but very likely are not 100% correct.
The lack of transparency in the application process is something that all applicants go through and is super frustrating. It's hard to know what to do to improve your chances of getting into law school. r/LSA is a great place to commiserate and share your frustrations and successes. It is not necessarily the place to find definitive answers because those answers may not exist at all. The best thing to do for your YLS application, might hurt your chances at Ole Miss Law School.
Despite the last section, knowledge on r/LSA is not completely unreliable. In fact, there is a lot of value in common knowledge and common sense. Some questions do have a correct answer. For example, should I seek out the personal phone number of the head of admissions to plead my case and strengthen my app? The answer to this question is no. No, you should not. And Reddit will make sure you know that this is a terrible idea
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the quagmire of applications and do silly things. r/LSA’s shared knowledge can serve as a touchstone and as a source of common sense. Even though it may not be 100% reliable, common sense is still incredibly valuable. Especially when you have been reading the PowerScore bible for 4 days straight and your brain is mush. But it’s unlikely that a Reddit user will be able to tell you the exact personal statement topic you should write about in order to be admitted to Harvard Law School.
Additionally, Reddit isn't built to be a comprehensive source of truth because posts get buried over time. If you want to find information about law school admissions on Reddit, you have to be willing to dig through a lot of old posts to find what you're looking for.
r/LSA is a great community and a wonderful place to interact with other applicants. However, when it comes to data and information, Reddit is often not the best resource. If you're looking for something specific, it’s probably better to look elsewhere.
The law school application process is notorious for being competitive and stressful. It's easy to get caught up in the details and obsess over every little thing. With instant access to an entire community of other applicants (as well as over a decade of people who already went through it), it's easy to obsess and get neurotic. The pressure to get into a good law school can be intense, and it's easy to get caught up in the race to have the perfect application. Every little detail can feel like make-or-break, and it's easy to get caught up in the anxiety of it all.
You might start to feel like you're not good enough or that you're not doing enough to get into law school. This can lead to a lot of anxiety and stress. It's important to remember that everyone is different and that there is no one right way to get into law school. Take a break from reddit (and LSD for that matter) if you start to feel like you're getting stressed out. Talk to your friends/family/therapist (hell, feel free to email us), and get some perspective.
It's important to remember that the application process is just one part of your journey to becoming a lawyer. Please don't let the perspective of others get to you. Stay focused and keep your eye on the prize.
Many people lie on the internet. People may exaggerate their GPA, LSAT score, or work experience. They may pretend to have expertise or intimate knowledge of the workings of admissions committees. They may understate their GPA when they say they got into a T-14 to feel special. They might not have gotten in at all but can go ahead and post that they got into HLS with a 158 and a 3.3 and then proceed to tell you exactly how they did it.
At the risk of sounding like we are trying to be your Mom: Please use your best judgment when taking advice from others on the internet and take everything with a grain of salt.
Tech-focused creator of LSD.Law. I built LSD while applying to law school. I saw unequal access to knowledge and built LSD to level the playing field and help applicants make thoughtful, well-informed decisions in the application process.