Law School Discussion

please help a prospective law student

please help a prospective law student
« on: February 13, 2006, 01:19:09 PM »
For those who have successfully completed the application process:
What do you think is the best way to strengthen one's application beyond improving one's GPA or LSAT score? [Extracurriculars? Further Formal or Independent Study? Post-school work/volunteer experience? Something to improve one's uniqueness as a candidate? Something else?]

Re: please help a prospective law student
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006, 02:03:13 PM »
Think of improving your chances through a focus on non-academic factors in terms of decreasing marginal utlity. Law schools principally care about 3 things: LSAT, GPA, and whether you are black or hispanic. Putting in hours at "Lawyers for Retarded Midgets" is not likely to play a huge role - uness you are applying to a school with a particular focus, like St. Johns (PI), or VT Law, (Environmental). If there was something you could do beyond LSAT/GPA/Race to seriously affect your chances, odds are you already did it, and not because of the admissions process, e.g., fighting in the Iraq War, or something else equally rare for an applicant.

Also, did you really need 25 posts to say all that?

Re: please help a prospective law student
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2006, 02:08:14 PM »
Holy crap man chill out on the multiple posting.  One thing at a time.  The best thing you can do (by far) when applying to law school is to raise your LSAT/GPA.  The next most important things are your resume or personal statement.  If you have been out of school for a while, then your resume probably trumps your personal statement in terms of importance.  Law schools will want to see that you have been employed in a good job and have achieved something.  The nature of the employment does not need to be related to law, but it may be a plus.  In this situation, a personal statement may want to point out why you want to study law.  

If you are straight out of undergrad, the quality of the personal statement probably trumps the importance of the resume, since a fresh graduate is not expected to have achieved much professionally.  A well-written personal statement is absolutely critical, and can make or break an application, since a lot of emphasis is placed on writing well in law school.  For resume-building, it looks better to be deeply involved in a couple activities as opposed to joining every membership you see and doing nothing in them.

For more advice, head over to the pre-law section of this site.  They are more focused on the application process.

Re: please help a prospective law student
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006, 02:27:10 PM »
Get Montauk's book and stop posting here.  Nobody here knows any better.


Re: please help a prospective law student
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2006, 06:43:35 PM »
The short answer: not much. From this day forward, you are nothing but a name, a three digit score, and a handful of letters A through F. I'm kidding. But, in all kidding there's a grain of truth. Actually, a pretty big one here.