I always wonder, is it going to be full of marketing B.S. or is it actually going to have some valuable tips?
That’s what I was thinking when I downloaded the new ebook by AdmissionsDean titled, Getting Into Law School: A Guide for Pre-Law Students.
But, you know what?
It’s actually good.
It has 11 articles in it and 10 of them are written by deans, associate deans, and directors of admissions from various law schools across the U.S. (one article is written by Dave Killoran, CEO of PowerScore Test Preparation).
It’s a genius idea–have experts write the articles and then just package them together. Hardly any work on your part but you’re still providing a valuable resource. I tip my hat to you, AdmissionsDean. Wish I had thought of it.
I agree with the advice given in almost all of the articles. It’s good advice.
The only one I had a problem with was “Writing a Winning Personal Statement” by Therese Lambert of University of Miami School of Law. I completely agree with Ms. Lambert’s bulleted tips (proofread very carefully, don’t rehash your resume, get trusted reviewers to read your drafts) but I disagree with her that your personal statement should show why law school is a good choice for you (not all schools want or need to know this), and that a good way to think of what to write about is to pretend you have 10 minutes in the room with the admissions committee. She’s not the first to give this advice but I find that going about it in that way blocks most writers rather than helps them start writing. For easier ways to get started on your draft, read my posts on writing the personal statement.
I found all of the articles helpful and recommend that you read each one. In fact, it would be helpful to reach each one twice.
I want to especially point out the “Including a Resume: Formatting and Content” article by Mathiew Le of University of Washington Law School. Excellent article. One of the most overlooked parts of the law school application is the resume. Don’t just turn in your basic work resume. Follow Mr. Le’s tips and transform your resume into something that is tailored specifically for law school. It will help your application! For more help on writing your resume, check out my No B.S. Guide to the Law School Resume.
Also, pay close attention to “Interpreting the U.S. News Law Rankings” article by Robert Schwartz of UCLA School of Law. Great article. So many law school applicants just choose law schools by their ranking and they have no idea how the schools are actually ranked. More and more I’m recommending that applicants not use U.S. News’ ranking when choosing which law schools to apply to. After reading Mr. Schwartz’s article, I hope you’ll start to see why.
If you’re applying to law school this year or in a few years, download and read Getting Into Law School: A Guide for Pre-Law Students by AdmissionsDean. Each article is only 1-2 pages. You can read it in an hour and emerge much more informed about the law school application process. Don’t wait. Do it today!
ps. In case you’re wondering, I don’t get paid by any company to promote their products or services and I never will. I only write about what I believe to be valuable and helpful to the law school applicant.
pps. After you read the ebook, please let me know what you think of it by posting your thoughts in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!