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Self-Care Airplane Style

   “If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your oxygen mask on first, and then assist the other person.”  In putting your own oxygen mask on first, you ensure that you can retain enough oxygen to help put masks on those around you. If instead, you attempt to help others put their masks on first without putting on your own, you risk losing oxygen and ultimately being unsuccessful in helping that other person and yourself. This statement, part of the airline safety demonstration, is often disregarded by passengers who are busy sending off one…

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App Happy: The Personal Statement

Que the Sports Center theme music.  This critical portion of the application often draws looks of panic from applicants and many ambiguous answers from admissions departments. The Personal Statement should seemingly be simple. Who has a better understanding of who you are and why law school is right for you right now than you? Unfortunately, it often does not feel this way. What It’s Not: A personal statement is not a statement of purpose. A statement of purpose, typically used for graduate school admission, provides a summary of your experience in the context of your professional aspirations. It essentially sums…

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App Happy: Graduate School Edition

September is upon us. Many schools have officially opened their applications for the 2018-2019 law school admission cycle, and the LSAT is just around the corner. In this next App Happy post, we’re going to take a deeper look into application consideration for students with graduate school backgrounds. Note: This post is the result of a thoughtful question from reader KHAMILTON16. Thank you for reaching out! If anyone else has a pre-law question, please comment below or reach out to me directly.  Additionally, please note that I have not attended graduate school and thus am relying on other's advice. I…

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App Happy: The Basics (Part Two)

Now that you've got a grasp on your LSAC account, let's get to work. After reviewing multiple law school applications, I've included this comprehensive list of information to help fellow applicants gather background material so that there are no surprises when you go to fill out applications. Biographical Information: Given and preferred name, birth date, gender, and place of birth. May also include Social Security or the Insurance number provided by LSAC. Contact information: address, email (the professional one you check often, not bossgirlsk8s) and phone number. Your current address is where you reside the day you submit your application, permanent…

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App Happy: The Basics (Part One)

Happy Women’s Equality Day! May your celebration of the 97th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment include recognition of the strong women around you and the strong woman you are!  I wanted to start a series that takes a deep dive into common law school application questions, concerns, and conundrums. To kick off this series, please find below a list of application components. For those of you looking to apply as close to the opening of the cycle as possible (some schools open applications on September 1) or those that just want to get a jump start, please use this series of posts…

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Sneak Peek of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed.

Law school applications are just around the corner (some law schools begin accepting applications on September 1!) In order to prepare, you may want to check out The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed. by Ann Levine, a law school admissions consultant, founder of Law School Expert, and author of the book. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ann in the past and have read both of her previous books. They provide thorough answers to many law school application questions and include helpful sample essays in an easy-to-read format.   Topics in the book include GPA and…

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Citizen’s Academy: From a Pre-Law Perspective

I recently participated in and completed a Citizen’s Academy. For those that are unfamiliar—and believe me, I was unfamiliar before participating—a Citizen’s Academy is a program that provides a deeper look into local government’s inner workings including operations, policies, and services. My local citizen’s academy was a three-hour long class that met once a week for two months. During the program, we received visits from various local agencies including the District Attorney’s office, Shared Hope International (a human trafficking organization), and various Sheriff’s Units including Property Crimes and Street Crimes. We also had the opportunity to tour local facilities such…

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Interview with Nathan Fox, Founder of Fox LSAT

I am pleased to introduce Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, a LSAT prep company with courses available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and online. Nathan earned a 179 on the February 2007 LSAT, started Fox LSAT in 2009, and graduated from UC Hastings in 2010. He is the author of multiple LSAT books including Introducing the LSAT, The Fox LSAT Logic Games Playbook, and The Fox LSAT Logical Reasoning Encyclopedia. He is also a co-host of the Thinking LSAT podcast.  Thank you so much, Nathan, for speaking with Ms. JD today. Let's get started. You've mentioned that no one grows up wanting to be a…

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“A Time of Considerable Change”: LSAC Updates and How They Affect Applicants

Slowly, but surely, the Law School Admissions Council has rolled out a series of changes in 2017. I've included a brief description of each and my perspective on how they affect you, the applicant.   “Starting with the September 2017 LSAT, there will no longer be any limitations on the number of times a test taker can take the LSAT in a two-year period. LSAC has revised this policy as part of its planning for additional administrations of the LSAT. We will provide more information about the LSAT schedule in the coming weeks.” -LSAC   This policy change allows students…

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Interview with Ann Levine, Law School Admissions Consultant

I would like to introduce everyone to Ann Levine. After earning her J.D. in 1999, Ann Levine worked as the Director of Admissions at Loyola and California Western law schools and as a litigation associate. In 2004, she started Law School Expert, a law school admissions consulting firm, and has since counseled thousands of law school applicants as a consultant and through her books, blog, and video tutorials.  Hello, Ann! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with Ms. JD today. Let's jump in. Moving from the legal field to starting your own consulting firm is quite a leap.…

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