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What to Know About Law School Optional Essays

Every law school requires a personal statement, typically limited to two or three double-spaced pages. Nearly all law schools also allow for an optional diversity statement of one or two pages, double-spaced. Prompts for diversity statements vary among law schools, but typically concern an applicant’s identity and background, past hardships or potential to contribute to …

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Q&A: Education of a Law School Applicant’s Parents

I am applying to several top tier schools. My parents have an MD and a PhD. Should I answer the optional question regarding their educational levels? – SL What a family of underachievers! Were your grandparents astronauts? There is no reason to hide your parents’ achievements. Your parents’ educational background can be a meaningful part …

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What to Ask Law School Admissions Officers

Decades ago, interviews were a central part of the law admissions process. Applicants would arrive at the law school in person, impeccably dressed in suits, and chat about their pedigree and career aspirations. If they came well-regarded from elite schools and seemed to have the “right character,” they would be accepted on the spot.

Soft Factors That Can Help Law School Applicants

Law school is an intellectually challenging experience based upon rigorous reading, analysis, and oral and written argumentation. Law school admissions officers most value applicants who have demonstrated their capability to handle this workload under pressure. Primarily, they look to applicants’ grades and scores on standardized tests, typically the LSAT but increasingly the GRE.

Pros, Cons of Attending an Unaccredited Law School

There are 200 law schools currently accredited by the American Bar Association, the Chicago-based national professional organization of the legal field. Any graduate of one of these law schools who has met the eligibility requirements may sit for the bar examination in any state. When people talk about law school, they generally mean these ABA-accredited …

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