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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: An Insider’s Look at the Law School Admissions Process

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Happy New Year from Ms. JD! We’re making a resolution at Ms. JD to help more women get into the law school of their dreams, and so beginning this Thursday and through April, Ms. JD and Levo League are going to take you step-by-step through the law school application process, from deciding whether law school is right for you to deciding which school best fits your needs and everything in between!

Expect posts that will explore different phases of the pre-law process. We will begin by going over steps you can take to familiarize yourself with what being a real lawyer is all about (hint: it’s not quite like what you see on TV!). Next, we will help you weigh the pros and cons of whether law school is right for you. We will talk openly about the fun, the financial commitment, the job prospects and more. In short, we will talk about the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly that is the reality of attending law school! By the time we’re done, you’ll have all of the information you need to feel good about deciding if law school is the place for you.

Once you have committed to your decision of attending law school, it is our hope that we will be able to assist you in becoming a stronger applicant. To do this, we will talk about how you can highlight your strengths throughout your resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and more. We will even tackle the dreaded LSAT and provide you with tips for not just making it through, but shining! You won’t just hear from us either. To ensure you are getting the best tips and tricks available, we will be reaching out to our colleagues at other schools because what we are offering you is not necessarily set in stone for all law school admissions offices. You will find that the theme throughout our series will be to help you feel comfortable being proactive when exploring a law school and its application requirements. Regardless, following our tips will help make your application stronger. Once you’ve submitted what should be a polished application, we’re going to discuss things to consider when choosing a law school and how to prepare for the next three years.

Having been in your shoes ourselves (applied to law school, gone to law school, and now working for a law school we have come to know and love), our motivation stems from the idea of helping students avoid the ups and downs of the application process that we experienced. Essentially, we come from a place of “if we only knew then what we know now,” and how we can use what we have learned during our time as Assistant Directors of Admission to assist you. Our goal during the next several weeks is to help you make educated decisions every step of the way throughout the pre-law process. To do this, we will not only pull from our own experiences, but from the experiences of those we have counseled in the past, as well as perspectives from other experts in the admissions field.

Overall, we hope that you find this blog series to be a useful tool during your exploration of attending law school. We always welcome comments and questions and hope that you join us regularly every Thursday on Ms. JD and Levo League.

If you’re considering going to law school, what do you hope to see from the series? Tell us in the comments!

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#Education #Advice #Law School #Ms Jd #Higher Education #Lawyer #Law Career Advice
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I've already decided on my schools and I'm being cautiously optimistic that I'll get in. I'd like to know what I could do to prepare for law school before I get there. Is there a book or several that you would suggest I read? I've heard of L1 tutors, would you suggest that? I'm going to be going part time and working full time so any help I can get would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Karen,
So sorry for the delay. The biggest piece of advice that Bridget and I tend to give students when asked this question is to relax and enjoy yourself! If you've gotten into the school that you wanted to and are happy with your choice, you've earned yourself a little R&R and a pat on the back and should take that time to stay fresh before the rigors of law school kick in.
If you are feeling anxious and want to ensure that you are covering all of your bases before classes begin, I would suggest calling up the law school you plan on attending and asking if there is any type of academic support that they provide. This usually consists of a faculty member who can provide you with study guides, supplements, or example practice exams so you can explore what will be required of you before you get started (so, basically, no surprises).
If you’re really looking for a book to skim through before starting classes, our suggestion would be taking a look at “Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success” by Ruta Stropus and Charlotte Taylor. It is a quick read and gives you tips and tricks about how to prepare for law school, including how to outline for courses, approaches you can take for reaching out to professors, and how to adapt to the law school setting.
Given that you will be working full time and balancing a part-time class load, make sure that you are keeping the lines of communication open between your employers and your professors. Make sure you are sitting down regularly and evaluating your work product and study schedule. Your number one priority should be your academics and so you want to be sure that if at any time you feel overwhelmed, you are having an honest conversation with yourself, professors, and employers about what can be done to ensure your continued success. Please let us know if you have any additional questions and best of luck!


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