Now that your admissions decisions are rolling in, it is time to get down to the business of selecting your law school. One of the most important things that you can do to make this important choice is to spend time and visit law schools you are seriously considering. At most law schools, the opportunities for visitation come in a variety of formats.
This seems to be a question that some prospective law students are asking these days. In order to answer it, I will try to help you determine what has and hasn’t changed with regards to law school admissions and standardized testing requirements without taking you too far into the weeds of law school accreditation. There has been quite a bit of discussion and media reports of law schools seeking alternatives to the use of the LSAT. What is happening?
Admissions Counselors are often asked if there is an optimal time to submit your law school application. The answer to that question depends upon the law school admissions deadlines of the school(s) for which you plan to apply.
Most admissions professionals spend a considerable amount of time helping law school applicants understand the various ranking mechanisms that are out there and trying to guide prospective law students to a rational, thoughtful use of these tools.
Before we dig into this – I want to caution you that the use of any of these tools should only be one part of your analysis. It is important for you to do your homework by visiting schools you are interested in, seeking out data and information from websites and professionals at the schools, and talking to alumni. No single rank or publication should dictate your choices. Available information is best used in an all-inclusive approach.
Many prospective students enter law school hoping to work in a particular geographic area. For example, some may ask – if I go to school in New Jersey, do I have chance to practice law in New York City? At Seton Hall, the answer is an unquestionable yes. Seton Hall students will actually see that they have more than just a chance to practice law in New York; they will have options.
Now that you have submitted your law school applications you may be wondering – what happens next? Although procedures may be slightly different between law schools – there are certainly some common practices. Read on for a brief overview of what happens to your application once it leaves your hands.
Newark? Yes! Newark!
Whether you work or study in Newark, it is always nice to be introduced to new places to go and things to do. To provide some inspiration for expanding your social horizons – I wanted to share some local favorites of students and faculty.
(Post updated August 24, 2017)
Welcome to the third post in my series intended to provide guidance to law school applicants looking to submit a standout application. Once you have tackled your personal statement and secured outstanding letters of recommendation, it is time to stand back and look at the “pieces” of your law school application objectively. It is helpful to view your application as a puzzle to be understood by the readers (those evaluating your potential for success in law school and in a legal career).
In most cases the readers will only get to know you from the items in your application file. There will be no interview and no other way to assess your potential. So, stand back and objectively determine – with everything that will be seen in my admissions file, what raises questions? What are the missing puzzle pieces to understanding why I am a good candidate for admission?
(Post updated August 7, 2017)
Now that you have written a superb personal statement, I want to focus on another aspect of your law school application – Letters of Recommendation (LOR) are another way that an otherwise average application may rise above the pack.
Although you do not have control over what your letter writer(s) may write, you certainly have control over ensuring that you select the individual(s) with the most relevant and positive things to say. Ideally, your recommender(s) should speak thoughtfully to your strengths and, if necessary, address any weaknesses your application may reveal.
It is also important that your choice of recommenders ‘makes sense’.
(Post updated August 17, 2017)
I am often asked how to write a personal statement for law school so that the application stands out from the rest. Submitting an outstanding law school application may seem like an unachievable ideal, but consider a few simple recommendations and your application will get full attention!
To get your law school application to stand out you should focus on three components: the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and additional addenda.