die Zauberflote wrote:
May I ask if you are still in college and, if so, what year?
I just finished with my cycle and I am pleased with the results. In many instances I heeded TLS, but sometimes I strayed from the so-called conventional wisdom.
I read all of TLS, Montauk’s book, and many other books on law school preparation and admissions.
As far as admissions go, I don’t like the articles on TLS, nor do I like 99% of the books that are available. I found only two that invariably gave me solid, insightful advice:
Anna Ivey’s book: http://www.amazon.com/Ivey-Guide-School ... 785&sr=8-5
Susan Estrich’s book: http://www.amazon.com/How-Get-Into-Scho ... 885&sr=1-1
Also, I believe large sections are outdated and inaccurate, but I would read Law School Confidential and One L, as they do get you excited about law school.
I would strongly advise against taking the time to read any of the following:
The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert by Ann K. Levine
How to Get Into the Top Law Schools by Richard Montauk
Planet Law School II by Atticus Falcon
The Best Law Schools' Admissions Secrets by Joyce Curll
55 Successful Harvard Law School Application Essays by The Staff of the Harvard Crimson
Learn from my mistakes. Do not buy or read these books. Everything you could do to help yourself and more are in the Ivey and Estrich books.
Also, I would advise against much of the advice on TLS. If it ever conflicts with Ivey or Estrich, the women trump. When someone is admitted to law school, they don’t know what admissions liked about their application and what admissions didn’t…they just know that they are in. Perhaps someone just got a full ride to Harvard: their numbers are probably phenomenal, but what did admissions think about their essay? How were their recommendations? How was their resume? People may assume that their application was similarly phenomenal and treat that person’s advice like scripture. But maybe their application sucked and it was just the numbers. Who knows? TLS advice on LS admissions is necessarily the blind leading the blind.
While it is generally true that GPA outweighs you major, if I could rewind time I would have declared a double major. A hard science and a “traditional” area of the humanities that requires a lot of writing (e.g., English, Philosophy, History). I would also have structured my classes in a way that mirrored the classical liberal arts model. I would have earned a B.A. & B.S., tried to graduate Phi Beta Kappa, AND kept my GPA stellar. I would also have sought out a leadership role and a long-term volunteer position. Not only would these things help your application, but they would (I think) help prepare you for law school, lawyering, and life. Even so, I really enjoy school and being challenged. Some people would rather get an easy 4.0 in fashion or business. But that’s not my attitude and I don’t think that that’s an attitude that admissions officers look for.