Don Macaulay – President of Law Preview

Five law school myths, debunked

It probably comes as no surprise that you will face some serious challenges during the first year of law school.   Most entering law students walk into their first semester with a vague understanding of the 1L grading curve, how the law school pedagogy differs from undergrad, and why a law school exam is genuinely unlike any other exam they’ve ever encountered. But, given the importance of a strong start to your law school academic career, nothing about it should be vague or left open to interpretation.    To provide clarity, I’ve compiled a list of the five most common myths I regularly debunk during my 30-Minute Strategy Sessions with …

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10 tips for getting off the law school waitlist from actual admissions deans

Are you on the law school waitlist? Well, you’re not alone. According to the Law School Admissions Council, law school applications are up substantially compared to 2020. That means more competition and higher chances of landing a spot on the waitlist.   Some people attribute the increase in law school applicants to the death of Justice Ginsberg (a.k.a. “Notorious R.G.B.”) in September 2020, and a renewed appreciation for her work advancing gender equality …

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How to draft a law school personal statement

We regularly work with, and survey, law school admissions deans, so we know what makes them tick. While, according to law school admissions officers, a personal statement may not be the first thing they look at in an applicant’s file, it still represents the only opportunity a candidate has to engage in the lawyerly art of persuasion.  In writing your personal statement, you are both the lawyer (advocate) and the client (subject …

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Five dos and don’ts of personal statement writing

Five dos of personal statement writing  While there are probably hundreds of pointers we could offer when writing effective law school personal statements, these five are especially important:  1. Follow directions  Every law school application has directions about the substance and format of the personal statement you need to write. Whatever those directions are — follow them. You could write a …

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Spoiler Alert: If You’ve Been Accepted to Law School, You Belong There

Perhaps you’re a K-JD who is heading to law school without having ever held down a “real” job. Or, maybe you’re the first in your family to attend college or law school and you don’t know any lawyers or have any connections to the legal field. Regardless of your background, an acceptance into law school …

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Does Undergraduate Academic Success Predict First Year of Law School Success?

I’m often asked whether earning top grades in college is at all predictive of the academic success a student will enjoy during law school. While a solid undergraduate academic record is a necessary precursor for a law school acceptance, the grades you earned during college are in no way dispositive of the success you’ll enjoy …

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How (and Why) to Make Friends in Law School, Even if They’re Your Competition

First-year law students can be intimidating. It’s true that, unlike undergrad, you will likely find that your law school classmates probably possess a naturally higher intelligence and a laser-focused work ethic. Now, take that group and place them in an environment where 1L grades are distributed on a strict grading curve that will determine their …

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Don’t Believe the Hype: First-Year Grades Are NOT the Most Important Ones You’ll Earn

If you’re reading this blog post, an attorney or current law student has likely shared the harsh reality of law school: The grades you earn during the 1L year will dictate what employment opportunities are available to you after graduation.   That’s no lie.    The vast majority of law firm recruiting takes place during the fall semester of law students’ 2L year. At that time, 1L grades, and honors like Law Review …

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If Only Netflix’s “Tiger King” Were A Law School Exam

Hey There, All You Cool Cats and Kittens!    If you’re like the rest of the Internet, you’ve been glued to your screens feverishly consuming Netflix’s recent docuseries, Tiger King.  If you haven’t watched it yet, I promise that there are no spoilers in this post.  Now, I’m a HUGE fan of reality television. The Bachelor? (Hannah Ann definitely dodged a bullet by not marrying Pilot …

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