Worst advice I did not follow:
++ Several items from my undergrad pre-law advisor. She told me to only apply to two or three schools total; she told me to use the paper-trail method rather than the LSDAS electronic apps; she told me to apply in the month of February; she told me that the school would not deliver a certification letter that I had completed my BA; she told me that no more than a few grads of that school per year can attend law school because the LSDAS has "quotas"; she failed to respond to my initial queries in March because she was on sabbatical and had not placed anyone in charge of delivering mail to her.
Amazing, no? It's part of her JOB to know more than any of that.
Worst advice I did follow:
++ Don't bother with much LSAT studying, the test is pretty much "genetic" and therefore you can't prep for it. (Also from idiot pre-law advisor, above.)
Best advice I did not follow:
++ Apply early.
Best advice I did follow:
++ Get out of school and develop a real life and real job experience. You'll be a much better candidate, much more tempting to the admissions committees, if you're someone OTHER than the typical "I majored in English / History / Poli-Sci and now I don't know what I want to do with my life so I'll go to law school as a backup plan."
++ Take time out of your life to complete applications, to keep an eye on the electronic side of things, to generally "be involved" with the process. It's really incompatible with a full-time job, and it really requires adequate reliable home-based internet access. Though you COULD do it "by hand" and "by mail" you will be out of the loop. I therefore bought my first "real" internet access for my home. I now have DSL with the company's modem, my wireless router, and a laptop with Wi-Fi in my house. Glad I did it.
I cannot believe a Pre-Law adviser was behind that simply terrible information. Having worked as the campus pre-law adviser at my school this year, I seriously hope you reported her to a superior as that level of misinformation should be criminal.