Your law school application needs to contain a number of key features. Watch this video to learn what four of the most important ones are.
Full video transcript
I was recently interviewed by U.S. News for an article on the opportunity inherent in the sharp decline in law school app volume since the Great Recession. I decided to create this video to guide you in taking advantage of that opportunity.
If you’re watching this video, you (or someone close to you) wants to get accepted to the best law school you can. You’re probably concerned about competition, lack of time to work on your applications, and the fact that writing personal, revealing, authentic personal statements is not something you really know how to do. It’s an unfamiliar genre and you probably haven’t written one since high school.
You certainly don’t want this essay to prevent you from getting into a great law school and pursuing the kind of careers that this education usually leads to.
We here at Accepted have been guiding applicants to acceptance at elite law schools for over 20 years, but I’d like to share the results of one recent client who wrote that he was accepted to five law schools including two UCs, and each one offered him a scholarship ranging in size from $65K to $135K. He wrote: “Thank you for the help with my essay. I do believe my essay expert helped strengthen my personal statement. I recommend Accepted to all students applying to law school.”
But let’s get back to the topic at hand, the 4 Must-Haves in Your Law School Application. He had those must-haves and a whole lot more, but let’s start with those four elements:
1. A competitive GPA and LSAT. While it’s true that LSAT scores and stats have dropped, for the top programs it is still mandatory that you show them you can handle the analysis and writing that’s simply a part of law school.
3. Fit with their program.
4. Personal characteristics that law schools want to see: Leadership; excellent communications skills; critical thinking and analytical skills; and curiosity.
Elements #2-4 are going to be most prominent, though not exclusively evident, in your personal statement. Your transcript and test score will dominate #1, but for the rest of the must-haves, your personal statement will play a crucial role.
I don’t want you to make the most common errors that we see in law school personal statements so when you finish this video, I’d like you to do the following:
1. Go to accepted.com/Law5FF.
2. Download 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Law School Personal Statement.
3. Write a fantastic law school personal statement.
That fantastic personal statement will help you get accepted at better programs and reduce your chances of rejection.
Again, download 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Law School Personal Statement and go from confusion and anxiety about your personal statement to clarity and confidence.
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