This might go without saying, but if you or anyone you know has a connection or an "in" to a law school that you're applying to, seek out that person and ask for his or her help. During my cycle, I sought out professors, family friends, relatives, etc. that had connections to schools I applied to and each person was happy to help, either by writing a recommendation, giving me advice, meeting with me, or a combination of the three. I was a bit shy at first when I sought these people out, but I realized that generally people are happy to help others try to reach goals they themselves have already achieved. If you're a bit shy at first like I was, you might want to try to put yourself in the other person's shoes; if someone sought you out asking for help, wouldn't you be happy to do it? After all, most of you have already spent some of your time helping your fellow LSD'ers with their problems and questions. Cheers all and good luck!