Ask jdMission: Tips for Law School Applicants

Whether being a lawyer has been a lifelong dream of yours or a newly discovered one, you will need to consider many things as you prepare to apply to JD programs. Which schools are “right” for you? Should you take the LSAT more than once? What should you be doing now to set yourself up to succeed?

These are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself, and we at jdMission are here to help you answer these and many more.

My name is Sunitha Ramaiah, and I am a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School. After graduating from law school, I practiced corporate law for eight years, while at the same time helping guide many aspiring law students through the JD application process. One day I had the opportunity to meet Jeremy Shinewald, the founder of mbaMission, the world leader in MBA admissions consulting, and together we decided to establish jdMission — an elite JD admissions consulting firm that helps candidates distinguish themselves from the rest of the applicant pool and secure a place in the law school of their dreams.

No one can deny that your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA (and graduate GPA, for some applicants) are very important factors with regard to which law schools may grant you admittance, but they are not the only ones that matter. We at jdMission strongly encourage you to dedicate a substantial amount of time to all the elements of your application, including your resume, your essays and your letters of recommendation. Why?  Because these components of your application provide a more complete picture of you as an applicant and an individual—and can truly make the difference between being accepted and being rejected.

An effective essay can demonstrate your strong writing abilities, even if your GPA is not as high as you would like it to be. A detailed resume can illustrate for the admissions committee the ways in which you would add diversity and breadth to the school’s next entering class. Letters of recommendations can attest to your strong capacity to succeed in law school, even if your LSAT scores are not stellar.

Law schools ask for a variety of information in various forms for a reason—to get a ultidimensional impression of what each candidate has to offer—so paying proper attention to all aspects of your application will give you your best chance of success. Be your own best advocate.

Do you have a question about applying to law school? Submit your inquiries to [email protected], and we might choose your question to answer in an upcoming blog post here at Law School Podcaster.

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And be sure to check back here every other Tuesday for tons of great law school admissions tips and  application advice. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you luck on your road to law school!