04 Sep 2013

...A word or two (words to enjoy, words that annoy)

As I was cleaning out my office at Harvard Law School, I came across a list that I used to keep during file review season: my list of words. It started as a list of words/phrases that I didn’t like, but then I thought that was too negative, so I added a list of words/phrases that I like. I have always loved the art of language, the sound and meaning of words to convey facts, emotions, subtle hints of attitude, etc. After reading thousands of personal statements, additional statements, resumes an

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15 Aug 2013

It's application season! (T/30 application release dates dates) Edit: NOW T/50 Law Schools.

By school: Yale1-OctHarvard15-SepStanford1-SepColumbia1-SepChicago15-AugNYU15-SepPenn1-Sep UVA1-SepBerkeley1-SepMichigan Ann Arbor1-SepDuke1-SepNorthwestern1-SepCornell 15-AugGeorgetown10-SepUT Austin1-SepVanderbilt1-SepUCLA1-SepUSC Gould1-Sep Minnesota Twin Cities1-SepWashington University STL1-SepGeorge Washington1-Oct Alabama1-SepEmory1-SepNotre Dame1-OctIndiana Bloomington1-SepIowa1-SepWashington and Lee1-SepU Washington1-OctArizona State1-SepBoston University1-SepBoston College15-SepUNC Ch

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14 Aug 2013

How about applying early(er) in the cycle. Did it ever help? Does it help now?

Again, from the website and work of Daniel Planview aka elterrible78 on @ . All of the same disclaimers apply to my most recent blog, (As in the last blog I have edited down a small amount of his posts)  and I will provide a separate post interpreting this and projecting forward by 8/15/2013. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First, a little explanation.  In organizing the data, I bro

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01 Aug 2013

Admissions deadlines for 2013/14 by law school rank (T-100)

*Subject to change by school. A small number of these were “best guesses” from the admissions offices of the respective schools. Yale15-MarHarvard1-FebStanford1-FebColumbia15-FebChicago1-FebNYU15-FebPenn1-Mar UVA1-MarBerkeley1-FebMichigan Ann Arbor31-MarDuke15-FebNorthwestern1-MarCornell 1-FebGeorgetown1-MarUT Austin1-MarVanderbilt1-AprUCLA1-FebUSC Gould1-Feb Minnesota Twin Cities1-AprWashington University STL1-AprGeorge Washington1-Mar Alabama(rolling)Emory1-MarNotre Dame15-MarIndiana Blooming

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08 Jul 2013

Majoring in Minor Things

When you are a Dean of Admissions, or an Admissions Consultant for that matter, seemingly innocuous everyday sights have a way of relating back to the admissions process. I saw this shirt and it had me thinking how annoyed admissions officers get when applicants confuse “you’re” from “your” or “there” from “their.” That, then, got me thinking about how annoyances to admissions officers can make all the difference between admit and deny. In other words, you are clicking away, getting to know the

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01 Jun 2013

Transfer Policies Schools 51-75

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, HASTINGS Students currently attending an ABA/AALS accredited law school are eligible to transfer to UC Hastings. A student must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 semester units to be considered for transfer, and may transfer a maximum of 30 semester units. In order to be awarded a UC Hastings J.D., a student must successfully complete a minimum of 56 units while enrolled at UC Hastings as a full-time student for no fewer than four semesters.

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30 May 2013

Transfer Policies Law Schools 26-50

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA We encourage and welcome applications from law school students who are interested in transferring to the University of Iowa College of Law.  The following steps will serve as a guide for the transfer process: To apply, please visit our Online Application [] page for the Transfer Application.As a transfer student, you must have completed at least one full academic year of law studies by June of the year in which you are

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29 May 2013

Transfer Policies and Links to Schools 1-25 (Part 1 in series of 3)

YALE Yale Law School welcomes applications for transfer. Each year, almost 200 students from a broad range of law schools apply; we usually offer admission to 10-15 of them. Transfer applications must be submitted between May 15 and July 1 of the year in which admission is sought. All applicants must have finished the equivalent of one year of law school at another ABA-approved school and meet the other eligibility requirements for transfer applicants [

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16 May 2013

Want to make a really good first impression to an admissions dean or hiring partner?

This is a simple way to differentiate yourself, yet my experience has been that only about 1% of applicants and 5% of law students do it. But 50% of professionals do. Before I reveal it, a very quick backstory is necessary. Without this understanding, I think it is hard to genuinely “get” what I am about to say. The backstory is simply that professionals are really busy, often stressed, and at times frantic. Moreover, they know all of this. Anything tedious that requires a shred of time increas

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23 Apr 2013

Mistake #1: You are too nice

See previous – Mistake #2: Shangri-Law [] This was an easy “#1 mistake for 2012/2013″ because while the amount of scholarship money available is on the rise, I have not seen a corresponding increase in the amount of leverage admitted students exercise or sophistication with which they negotiate. Indeed, if anything, I have seen an increase in anxiety this year — perhaps because there is more money on the line. Even the advice of some of the

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