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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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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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Regarding Your 1L Summer Job Search (This Has To Be Said!)

For the past few months, I’ve been conducting free 30-Minute 1L Strategy Sessions with entering 1Ls who seek to position themselves for success once classes start. What I learned from these calls is that the importance of 1L grades is evident to just about 50% of the people I spoke with; however, landing a 1L …

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How to Save Money on Law School Casebooks & Study Aids

The rumors are true: law school is expensive. One of the added expenses of going to law school is, of course, the casebooks, study aids, and other supplies you’ll need to purchase before classes start. We’ve asked Richard Andrade, Founder and CEO of BarristerBooks.com, for his advice on how to save money on law school …

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