Should I Take a Gap Year Before Law School?

Should I take a Gap Year Before Law School?

Today we welcome Christen Morgan, guest writer and foreclosure attorney, to discuss taking a year off before starting law school.

Should You Take a Gap Year Before Law School?

Well, it depends. Taking a gap year before beginning your law school career can certainly be a beneficial alternative as opposed to jumping right in after four years of college. Although I highly recommend this alternative venture, taking a gap year will only be worthwhile based on your current situation. If you’re a non-traditional college student, who perhaps started college later in life after already receiving some work experience, or a student who worked full time during college and completed their bachelor’s degree on a part-time basis, then taking a gap year before law school may not be in your best interests. A gap year is a perfect opportunity to gain full-time work experience, to travel or to complete a fellowship. These are all experiences that should be completed with the intent of enhancing your resume for post-graduate legal employment. If you’re a non-traditional student, chances are you may have already amassed a wealth of the above experiences to enhance your resume. Therefore, jumping right into law school after college without taking a gap year should not hurt your chances in the legal job hunt.

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Personalized Admissions Packets: What’s in a Name?

How Law Schools are Personalizing Acceptance Packages

Today we welcome Jaclyn Wishnia, rising 2L at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and aspiring entertainment law attorney. Jaclyn tackles the question of how to choose the right law school to attend and personalization in the admissions process.

Choosing the right law school to attend can sometimes seem overwhelming. Often, decisions are based on future factors you may not even realize until your 3L year, such as the type of law you want to specialize in or where you intend to practice law. Alternatively, other issues may arise that are out of your control. For instance, maybe you were rejected from your top choice, or perhaps, you were accepted to two vastly different law schools that you favored equally. Although many decisions can be resolved by focusing on fundamental criteria like, which school is offering a better scholarship, there is one minor item you should consider when evaluating your choices: Personalization. [Read more…]

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LSAT Prep Options: Magoosh

Magoosh

We’re excited to initiate a series of interviews with various LSAT prep companies, exploring their approach and getting some tips for success. (If you’d like to be featured, let me know.)

*This post contains affiliate links. I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Today, we’re talking with Magoosh, a self-study option that prides themselves on being affordable and tailored to the individual students needs. Welcome! [Read more…]

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Pen and Chisel Q&A: A Quick Intro To the Law School Diversity Statement

Eileen ConnerAre you looking for help with your law school diversity statement? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has a quick intro to the diversity statement.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

In addition to your personal statement, you’ll likely need to write a few supplemental essays for your application to law school. One supplemental essay that often raises questions among applicants is the diversity statement. Let’s take a quick look at what the diversity statement is and why you might write one. [Read more…]

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Pen and Chisel Q&A: A Quick Intro to the Law School Personal Statement

Eileen ConnerAre you looking for help with your law school personal statement? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has a quick intro to the law school personal statement.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

If you write no other essay for your law school applications, you will definitely write a personal statement. So what is the personal statement? It’s an essay, certainly — but what are its criteria? What are its key characteristics? How can you use it to make a convincing argument for admission to law school? [Read more…]

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22 Rules of Writing Your Law School Personal Statement — Part 3

nfox 300Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, finishes up his 3-part series on writing the law school personal essay. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, make sure to give them a read.

Welcome back, Nathan!

 

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22 Rules of Writing Your Law School Personal Statement — Part 2

nfox 300Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, is back with the second post in his series that provides a humorous look at crafting the law school personal essay. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

Welcome back, Nathan! [Read more…]

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22 Rules of Writing Your Law School Personal Statement

nfox 300Thinking of applying to law school? Most law school experts — and those who’ve attended — will say that your personal statement is one of the most important components of your application. Before panic sets in about what to write, Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, is here with a series of blog posts that provides a slightly humorous look at writing the personal essay. And let’s face it — anyone applying to law school can use some humor in their day!

Here’s part one in the series. Welcome, Nathan! [Read more…]

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Pen and Chisel Q&A: What Makes a Good Personal Statement Topic?

Eileen ConnerPlease welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel. Today, Eileen is advising us on how to find the right topic for your personal statement.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here. [Read more…]

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Pen and Chisel Q&A: Writing Terrible First Drafts

Eileen ConnerPlease welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel. Today, Eileen is advising us on why it’s OK to write a terrible first draft.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

Beginning work on a new and high-pressure essay like the law school personal statement can be daunting. Even if you are used to seeing yourself as a strong writer, you may feel apprehensive about whether you can write your story well enough to be admitted to your schools of choice. This intimidation factor can make it difficult to get started. [Read more…]

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