2L Perspective – 1st Week Back (Round 2!)

2L Perspective on the first week backToday we welcome back guest writer, and now 2L, Shirlene Armstrong, to discuss her first week back to law school. It’s a totally different experience than 1L year, and she’s sharing it all with us.

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to change, and the weather is starting to get a bit colder. That’s right, back-to-school season is upon us. This year instead of starting my law school journey, I am continuing it with my 2L year. The year they say that you are “worked to death.” This is a recollection of how my first week went and how this year and last year are already much different. [Read more…]

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5 Things I’ve Learned as an “Older” Law Student From My Younger Colleagues

What I've Learned as an "Older" Law Student from my Younger Colleagues.

Today we welcome back Jaclyn Wishnia, rising 2L at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and aspiring entertainment law attorney, to discuss the generation gap at law schools and how to work together at any age.

Like most law students, I felt both nervous and excited on my first day of law school orientation. I also shared many of the same thoughts my colleagues have mentioned as well, such as would I make friends easily? Or would everyone be as cold and competitive as the rumor mill suggests? They were the typical questions of doubt anyone entering a new social situation, would ask themselves. Unlike many of my colleagues though, one major concern was dominating my nerves that day: my age.

It took me six years to finally apply to law school after college; the bulk of my twenties. I had lived through almost a decade of failures and triumphs, worked for prominent firms and attorneys, networked with top CEOs of reputable companies, and best of all, was now certain that I belonged in law school. Why was a petty number destroying my confidence? [Read more…]

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Perspective on Being a First Generation College Student and Lawyer

Being a First Generation College Student and Lawyer: A First-Hand Perspective

Today, we welcome back Shirlene Armstrong, guest writer and now rising second-year law student to share her personal reflections on her experience as a first generation college and law student.

From a young age, my parents encouraged my sister and I to work hard and be successful at school. Ever since I can remember I knew that I would eventually go to college and get a degree, no matter what obstacles I had to overcome. With the love and support of my family, I became a first-generation college student. [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: Proofreading to Create an Immaculate Law School Application

Eileen ConnerFinalizing your law school applications? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has some timely advice on making your applications as perfect as possible!

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

I’m almost finished with my law school applications. How can I ensure that I submit a set of applications with no mistakes?

To polish your application to its highest sheen, you’ll need to go over it in minute detail and fix every error you can find. This means proofreading.

What is proofreading?

In short, proofreading is carefully checking over all the information in your application to catch and correct any mistakes. It’s the final step you should take to make your entire application exactly as you want it.

Proofreading is a great way to ensure that you create the best application possible. Although it may seem like a minor task in comparison to making your larger argument for admission, a solid round of proofreading can actually help you make the best possible impression on your readers. Delivering an immaculately proofread application showcases your attention to detail and your follow-through.

In contrast, overlooking small flaws in your application can make you look careless. In an occupation that is all about examining and communicating complex issues in detail, this can be a real problem. Avoid this by carefully proofreading all the different parts of your application before you submit them.

Best methods for proofreading

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