ESL Students Taking the LSAT: This Podcast Is for You!

If English is your second language, and you plan to take the LSAT, you face some unique challenges.  As an ESL student we recently interviewed explains, “you just think in a different language, and now you have to take this standardized test in English. And it is a challenge because you don’t know all the vocabulary, you don’t know all the words, you don’t know, maybe, every grammatical little detail of structure, or how meaning changes. And that plays a very…

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Steps Towards More Transparency in Law School Admissions

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC)has always held a unique position in the world of legal education. Set up to streamline the law school application process, LSAC, all ABA-approved law schools (and then some) use its services. Think the NFL, only without much power to regulate its members. As such, LSAC has always taken a ‘hands-off’ stance toward number-reporting guidelines. The upshot of this is that LSAC has always trusted law schools to report their own data. President…

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Upcoming Webinar Helps You Get Started With Your Law School Application!

It’s time to start thinking about law school applications! Case Closed: Building an Exceptional Law School Brand is a free webinar that discusses a unique way to conceptualize law school applications and offers participants the opportunity for a live Q&A. Before you get caught up in the details of your application, get some help by attending the Admit Advantage Webinar on Monday, August 20th at 8pm.  Learn to craft a personal brand that will help structure your entire application. Admit Advantage’s Law…

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The Short on Long-Term Planning: Should I Take “Easy A Courses”?

 As you you think about whether law school is right for you—or even if you already know it is—what can you be doing now, in college or beyond, to improve your chances of getting in? In this series, “The Short on Long-Term Planning,” jdMission Senior Consultant Mary Adkins offers tips on how to make smart moves in the pre-application stage. I remember the first time a friend told me she had signed up for a certain class because it was…

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What Downsizing At Law Schools Means for Applicants

Recently the Wall Street Journal reported that several law schools are planning to reduce the size of their incoming JD classes (“With Profession Under Stress, Law Schools Cut Admissions”). Now I’ll never get in! I’m sure that’s what law school applicants across the country were thinking. While it is true that fewer places means increased competition to get into law school, serious applicants should actually be pleased. In taking what appear to be drastic measures, law schools have actually increased the value of…

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Law School Admissions Tip No. 5: The Value of the Opening Anecdote

The Top 15 Things Every Law School Applicant Should Know is a series that will teach you the ins and outs of successful law school applications. Stay tuned for the remaining elements. This week we’ll discuss the value of the opening anecdote. In deciding whether or not you might be interested in reading a particular novel, magazine article, or op-ed piece, many people often turn to the first few sentences to get an immediate sense of whether or…

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New Podcast Gives You Top 10 Tips for Applying & Getting In to a Top Law School

Our latest podcast is out!  If you are reaching for a top law school, we have ten great tips on getting you in – from the ones that let you in. In Top Ten Tips to Getting Into Law School:  Advice to Follow Before You Apply, you will hear from Deans of Admission Anne Richards of the University of Virginia School of Law, Renee Post of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Richard Geiger of Cornell Law School, as well as…

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The Short on Long-Term Planning. Good Intern? Nah! Amazing Intern.

As you think about whether law school is right for you—or even if you already know it is—what can you be doing now, in college or beyond, to improve your chances of getting in? In this series, “The Short on Long-Term Planning,” jdMission offers tips on how to make smart moves in the pre-application stage. It’s July, and that means summer internships are in full swing. As you continue to adjust to wearing collars over flipflops and jeans, here…

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10 Things You May Not Know About the LSAT

Most everyone knows going into the LSATthat your knowledge of ‘the law’ will not give you an advantage on the test.  Rather, it’s more about critical thinking and complex problem solving, so studying up on a legal hold will not be as effective as keeping your reading comprehension sharp and understanding what really makes for a successful LSAT score. No news here. The LSAT can make or break a law school application for a prospective student. So, most students devote a whole lot…

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An Undergrad Ponders Law School

Adam Goodman is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is majoring in History and Political Science. Adam is a guest blogger for Law School Podcaster, documenting his decision to go to law school and his progress through the law school admissions process. When Adam is not studying or writing, he can be found charming co-eds, playing intramural sports, and participating in various philanthropic events. I’m ok  with the fact that my time as an…

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