URM Type: AA Female
GPA: 3.6 (3.55 GPA)
Softs: Student Government, Leadership, Councils, Extensive Study Abroad experience
Applied: Second Week of January
Advice: Despite the popular mantra "Apply early" , apply when YOU are ready. Do not rush your applications until you are COMPLETELY satisfied with the person you will present to the admissions committee at the schools you're applying to. However, apply by the end of January at the latest. Yale might be an exception.
Work on your personal statement. Let your professors, friends, and family who know you well read it. They might be a bit biased but usually they will let you know if the personal statement reflects you, your strengths and your values. Also, have two professors and maybe your pre-law advisor proofread your statement. They will catch little errors that you might not catch on first look. If you do not rewrite your personal statement at least five times, it is definitely not ready to submit.
If you are near one of the schools you applied to and you desperately want to attend, go visit. Set up a meeting with an admissions counselor, visit classes and then send a note to the law school. This shows interest and it is a good look if your application is under review. Do not wait for a waitlist to begin doing this kind of "friendly pushing."
Do not rant about law schools on TLS. Simple. They can tell who you are. It doesn't matter if you do not post your name or scores. If you complain about being UR for 6 weeks beginning on May 21st for example....maybe there were 15 people who went UR that day. Two of you are still left in that batch....DON'T do it. Actually, if you can, do not post on TLS until the very end of your cycle.
If you know you would not attend a specific law school if admitted, do not apply. That is, if you ONLY plan to attend a T-20, do not apply to schools outside that range. You're wasting a lot of money especially if you do not have fee waivers.
Brothas and sistas, I wish you the best of luck!
WashU in St. Louis
William and Mary