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When do applications open for those of use applying for the 2018 cycle? I already took my LSAT and am wondering how to get a head start on applications. Already have one LOR in, will request transcripts after this semester, and already paid for CAS. Any other way to start prepping for my cycle?
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Is your PS done? That's the big thing. You could knock out a dozen applications in a few hours if everything else was ready. The actual applications are pretty easy and they autofill almost everything after you finish the first one.
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Definitely not a bad idea to start on your PS. I started mine late, thinking it would be a quick turn around but I ended up writing a ton of different drafts before I liked it and it delayed my cycle a bit. Start it early with low stress, get lots of other eyes on it, plenty of time to revise or shape to particular school.
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The_Pluviophile wrote:Definitely not a bad idea to start on your PS. I started mine late, thinking it would be a quick turn around but I ended up writing a ton of different drafts before I liked it
Seconded. I did probably half a dozen outlines and first drafts before I actually settled on a topic and approach that I really liked, and then it took me another six drafts of that before I was satisfied with it. You can also spend your time researching which schools you're applying to and really killing the optional essays (diversity essays, "Why X," etc).
Once you've got all that done (and your transcripts, LSATs, LORs of course, but it sounds like you're on top of that), the actual applications take no time at all. I did all of mine in an afternoon.
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I second starting personal statement stuff if you can (and any other statements you might need), as well as Why X essays... which ties into what I would suggest to do also: research schools! Find out what kind of things are generally considered important to think about, as well as things that you consider important to think about. I'd recommend considering things that have a general consensus of being important because there are some things that I definitely wasn't even considering when I first started applying that actually have some importance to me now; TLS is a great place to get an idea of what kind of things you should be looking into at schools. But also consider what kind of things you feel like you need to be able to gain from your experience at LS (How important is location to you? What kind of community are you looking for? If you're a URM, how important is it to have a tight-knit community of your minority group? etc etc). Basically, think about what kind of things you think you need to have around you to help contribute to your success during law school and what kind of opportunities you want throughout your experience to help you achieve whatever career path and see where schools you're considering line up on those things.
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