22 Nov 2013

103 Pages of Free Law School Admissions Advice

The following is the collective advice we (Karen and I) have given on top-law-schools, without the external noise, bad jokes (mostly from Mike), etc. It is organized categorically, not by date posted. Enjoy!

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18 Nov 2013

Pressure Points in Contacting Admissions: Professional Persistence versus Pestering?

The hardest part of the admissions cycle is the wait. For many it is worse than logic games, worse than filling out applications, dropdown boxes, questions that you have to answer that you should not have to (e.g. has anyone influenced your decision to attend our law school, yes or yes?), etc. The wait only gets intensified when others start hearing from your dream school and you are, well, waiting. What is more, if you are applying to law school you are likely a proactive person. You WANT to b

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16 Sep 2013

Top 10 Law School Application Grammar Blunders

Don’t do your best proofreading after you hit submit! Over the years, I have seen many grammatical errors in applications.  We all make mistakes, but some of these are becoming so increasingly common that I want to share them with you so that you can avoid them.  Here are my top ten grammatical (or other) errors that I have seen in applications over the years: 10.          Improper use of to, two, and too.  Spell check won’t fix this; there is no substitute for proofreading. 9.            Usi

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11 Sep 2013

Forums & Fairs: Win, lose or draw?

Admissions Forums and Admissions Fairs matter. I would argue that as attendance at these events has waned steadily in the past 12 years, they now matter more than ever for the simple reason you can make a last impression. Still, there are enough people at each law school’s table where you will have to do it the right way. Here is how: 1. First impressions matter Research on first impressions in a business context shows that we are not forming a single first impression but rather two. One, we a

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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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