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.
With interview invitations from a number of programs already on their way out to Round One applicants, we wanted to offer some more advice on this element of the admissions process. Last week we posted some very basic etiquette information that will help candidates ensure that everything is in order on the big day.
With all that essay work behind you, you may be tempted to think that you're basically done. Almost. Remember that every single part of your application matters, so before you hit that submit button, double-check that you've made the best use of the non-essay parts of the application forms as well. We have a bunch of tips below to help you do that.
Week 16 To-Dos
- Check your email, voicemail, texts, and snail mail for any communications that relate to applying to college.
So you didn't get the score you wanted on the September LSAT, and you're planning on retaking in December in the hope of improving your score. You and lots and lots of other people! What's the best move for your application timeline? Should you submit now with your existing score, or hold off until you have your December score?
I recommend submitting your applications with your September score, even if you think you'll be retaking the test.
Two applicants are applying to the same college. They both have a 3.99 GPA. Will the admissions officer give them the same academic rating while evaluating their files?
With interviews imminent for Round One applicants, we wanted to turn our attention to this important step in the admissions process and share a few very basic pointers on interview etiquette.
Most college applications ask you to write some version of a "Why College X" essay. Here are some examples:
- Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why.
- Given your interests, values, and goals, explain why Oberlin College will help you grow (as a student and a person) during your undergraduate years.
Most of these types of questions suggest an answer in the short-answer range (250-300 words), while others allow for an answer that's as long as the personal essay (250-500 words.
We often stress that, to present oneself effectively in one’s application essays, it is critical to think carefully about what a given question is asking and what this might indicate about a specific school’s admissions priorities.
I have taken LSAT three times. One of them is a cancel. I would really like to be able to take the test for a fourth time and can't wait for the 2 years limit to be over for the fourth take. I think I can improve. How can I get LSAC to grant me a fourth take? Thanks in advance.
I have expended the 3 takes in the last 1 year and didn't reach my target.
A typical short answer question looks something like this:
Please briefly tell us more about one of your extracurricular activities or a volunteer or work experience. (1,000 characters or less)
We define a short answer question as any question that you are asked to answer in 100-300 words or up to 1,000 characters.
As many of our readers are aware, letters of recommendation are a central part of the application process. We would like to take a look at how to handle the snags that often arise for applicants in unique employment situations.
The applicant who is most likely to have trouble finding a suitable recommender is either self-employed or works in his or her family’s business.
This week we're sharing tips and tricks specifically around the questions on the Common Application (or any other college application) that require really short answers. We're defining that as an answer not much longer than a text message, tweet, or Facebook post. You should be able to own these — they are tailor-made for your generation!
But approaching these questions can feel tricky for many applicants.
With applicants for the round one deadlines putting the finishing touches on their applications, the question of how strictly applicants need to adhere to word limits is perhaps more popular than ever.
There's a myth out there that you have to do a lot of fancy internships and extracurriculars in order to be attractive to admissions officers at elite schools.
That is FALSE.
Yes, that deserved all-caps.
A great testimonial from one of Janeille's clients:
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So much of the law school application process involves soul searching.
Interviews are wildly different from every other part of your application.
With MBA programs’ R1 deadlines past or just around the corner, we wanted to offer some words of advice about an often overlooked element of one’s file: the application data forms. All too often, we see candidates leave these online application forms for the last minute, even rushing to enter all the required information from work on “deadline day.
Now that your senior year has started, it's time to line up the third parties who are your key allies in the application process: your recommenders.
Our friends at Blueprint Test Prep sent along this question from one of their students:
Three days before my 18th birthday, I was caught being out at night after curfew. There was no drinking or anything like it involved. The police made me wait for my parents to come get me, same with my friends.
The told me they were giving me a warning, but I never received any type of documentation so was led to believe it was verbal.
As Round 1 deadlines approach fast, applicants are coming to understand that applying to business school is an incredibly demanding process. In addition to taking the GMAT, assembling academic transcripts and providing recommendation letters, candidates are required to draft multiple essays, job descriptions, lists of activities and more.
With the obvious incentive to save time wherever possible, it’s understandable that many applicants simply cut and paste content from an existing resume and write about their work in the manner that comes most naturally.