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Perez recommends creating a spreadsheet to keep track of things. For each school, track what’s required to complete your application, the deadlines by which you must submit, the materials you have submitted, the dates on which you submitted those materials, any correspondence or conversations you have with the admissions staff and any responses you receive from the school. And be sure you meet all deadlines.
4 Common Admissions Myths
Some applicants just don’t know the real deal when it comes to the admissions process. The following are four common admissions myths — debunked. The process is just a numbers game, and nothing matters besides the GPA and LSAT score. TRUTH: “This is not an automated process,” Vilches said. “There are real people reading these applications.” Everything in your file will be reviewed. Also, the two big numbers aren’t always the be-all, end-all in law school applications. “There are real candidates who have a low LSAT score who get into multiple law schools every year,” Boylen said.
MISTAKE: Not asking the
Myth No. 1:
Don’t call the admissions office to ask questions about median LSAT scores or GPA, or the law school’s address. This is public information, and you can look it up on your own, rather than wasting the admissions staff ’s time. HOW TO FIX: “Questions that probe a little bit farther” get Perez’s attention. For example, when an applicant asks what makes the law school unique, or examples of what graduates have gone on to do in their careers, or how the school can help facilitate the goals and opportunities in which the applicant is interested.
Myth No. 2: To get into law
she may list on the application — even if the applicant is only doing them to get into law school. TRUTH: “I can smell nonsense, but if someone is genuine…they stand out,” Perez said. Each different aspect of your application should present that “big picture” of your qualifications as an applicant. Admissions officers like to see that something is genuinely important to you, not that you’re signing up for a particular activity just because you think it will help your chances. The bottom line? “Never do anything just to get into law school,” Perez adds.
school, you have to follow a typical road map. For example, an applicant had better have lots of impressive activities that he or
Myth No. 3: There is a magic formula or format to personal statements
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