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Applying to Law School => Law School Admissions => Topic started by: ............ on February 06, 2006, 02:35:31 AM

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Post by: ............ on February 06, 2006, 02:35:31 AM
Title: Re: basic questions...
Post by: SCgrad on February 06, 2006, 02:39:03 AM
Personal statements go directly to the schools.  You got everything else right.  You are well ahead of the game.
Title: Re: basic questions...
Post by: ChlorasepticRelief on February 06, 2006, 04:19:52 AM
4. Don't wear sunglasses in the tanning bed. 8)

Just kidding ;D... it sounds like you know what you're doing. And about the PS, you can make unique statements to each school if you'd like, but it isn't necessary (in most cases). On the apps, there will usually be PS prompts. Just make sure your standard PS fits the prompt and you'll be fine. It mainly serves as a "tie breaker," a way for the adcoms to get to know you as a person a little better, and as a way to show adcoms that you can write...
Title: Re: basic questions...
Post by: incognito on February 06, 2006, 05:32:47 AM
Thanks to both of you for getting back to me. My only question (for the moment) is... regarding the personal statement/s, at what point will the schools request them (if that is how it works)? Is it once you have actually applied to them (through LSDAS), once they have decided that you are worth at least considering...? Should I have them ready and available by the time I apply? Thanks again.

The easiest way is to upload your personal statement to LSDAS and then attach it to your school-specific application with them, same as with your resume and any optional essays.  When you submit your application through LSDAS, the university will request your packet and will be sent everything from transcripts and letters of rec to personal statement and optional essays.  The only thing that cannot be sent through them are dean's certifications, which are uncommon.  Check with each schools app to see if they require one.
Title: Re: basic questions...
Post by: ChlorasepticRelief on February 06, 2006, 05:55:23 AM
On LSDAS, there will be an applications page that lists every law school that uses LSDAS. When you click on a school, you open its application page which will include the actual application, additional materials (Deans certification, and in some cases, a certification that you will have to print, sign, and mail to the school), and spaces for you to upload certain files. Among the files will be a resume and a personal statement. Before you upload a personal statement, though, you'll need to open the actual application and read the prompt.

After you have filled out the application, uploaded a resume and personal statement, and uploaded any optional essays, you can send the app in. Often you can pay with credit card. Often, schools will require you send a check with a printed and signed certification.

Letters of recommendation have to be sent to LSDAS directly. When you fill out the LOR forms, you can chose whether or not they are general (to be sent to all schools) or targeted (intended for only one school). Print the LOR request form and give it to your recommender. After your recommender writes the letter and sends it to LSDAS (directions will be on the request form), it will be available to the schools to which you apply.

Then, finally, after you send in and pay for your apps, the schools will request your files which include applications, resumes, personal statements, optional essays, and letters of recommendation.

Then, with any luck, you get in somehwere.

By the way, this post may seem incoherent, but I started typing and couldn't stop... and I don't feel like deleting it. :D
Title: Re: basic questions...
Post by: ACK! on February 06, 2006, 09:05:00 AM
In my experience, obtaining letters of recommendations was the longest part of the process. You'll want two or three, with one or two from professors you've worked with and your current employer if applicable. After you register with LSDAS, you give your recommenders a form and they send the completed letter and form directly to LSDAS. It is then stored there and sent directly to the schools after you apply to them.

I would start asking potential recommenders now, as some people take forever (like literally half a year) and there is no penalty, as far as I can tell, for having letters of recommendation that are several months old at the time you apply. Some of the letters I applied with were over two years old. It sucks if your applications are all ready to go but one of your recommenders still hasn't gotten around to getting it done.