How Much Can I Help My Friend With His Personal Statement?

How Much Can I Help My Friend With His Personal Statement?

At a recent LSAC forum, I met a guy who is a refugee and is currently in the middle of the law school admissions process, as am I. He is studying for the LSAT, but having much trouble due to English being his second language. I offered to assist him in preparation for the LSAT. I have been working with him on this, but he has recently asked me to review his personal statement, and I am unsure of the ethical constraints in such work.

Talking vs. Doing: Tough Love for Procrastinators

Talking vs. Doing: Tough Love for Procrastinators

An important reminder this time of year for all the law school procrastinators out there: Talking about doing something is much easier than actually doing it.

If you've been talking about your applications since September but are only now getting around to writing your first drafts, or you're on draft #27 of an essay you could have submitted weeks ago, that's a sign that you're looking for excuses not to finish your essay and send it out.

My Grad School Recommender Wants Me to Write My Own Letter

My Grad School Recommender Wants Me to Write My Own Letter

Have you summoned up the courage to ask a professor or an employer for a recommendation, only to have that person say, "Sure, send me a draft and I'll sign it?"

That happens a lot, mostly with professional recommenders, but sometimes too with professors. It puts applicants in quite a pickle.

Because it's so common, applicants often turn around and ask if we can help them with those recommendation drafts.

Law School Waitlists and LOCIs

Law School Waitlists and LOCIs

Schools keep very deep waitlists. The odds of getting an offer from one of them are slim. Do prepare mentally to attend the school where you have already put down your deposit, or make other plans altogether. (You do not have to go to law school.) But don't let law schools string you along and mess with your head all summer like a bad ex. Manage your expectations.