PreLaw - Back to School 2010 - 33
ILLUSTRATION BY RICHARD STEADHAM
The law school applications process can seem like a maze at times, filled with false passages and mythical obstacles. But it need not be such a heart-wrenching experience. Even though you have never been through the process, others have. And by following their guidance and experience, you can avoid the mistakes and instead make your application stand out. Here we identify the three best ways to stand out, how to avoid the six mostcommon mistakes, and we debunk the four biggest myths.
3 ways to stand out
(besides your GPA and LSAT score)
Everyone knows that an applicant’s LSAT score and grade point average are the two top indicators of how one will fare in the admissions process. Still, understand that admissions counselors don’t just look at the numbers. you.” Use the personal statement as a chance to tell admissions officers what is important to you, what has influenced your life, and what your values are. Remember that admissions officers don’t have a lot of time to spend on each application. Make your personal statement concise, Reid said. “If you had 10 minutes of my time, what would you want me to know about you?” It also helps when an applicant includes information about why they chose to apply to the particular law school, said Nicole Vilches, assistant dean for admissions at Chicago Kent College of Law. For example, by listing a particular program that interests you.
“Often, candidates underestimate the power of the personal statement,” said Chloe Reid, associate dean and dean of admissions at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. “This is your story. Your story is different from the person standing next to
A well-written, effective personal statement
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