Four Ways To Make Your Application More Competitive

Tuesday 1/24/2017
Writing an application letter

For the next few months, Admissions offices across the country will be inundated with law school applications. Will yours stand out? To give you a range of ideas to help it do just that, we rounded up quick tips from a variety of experts who know a thing or two about admissions and law school. Take a look…

Tip from Jeff Thomas, Kaplan Test Prep’s executive director of pre-law programs: “When it comes to letters of recommendation, ask your recommenders for 'specific, detailed' letters. A letter's strength is in its specificity. Make your recommender's
 job as easy as possible. Set up an interview to discuss your interest in 
law school‚ provide him or her with your personal statement, resume, and any relevant awards or papers. This extra work will help your recommender provide the
 detail that the admissions committees look for.”

Tip from Matthew Reischer, Esq., CEO of “Applicants to law school would be well served in showcasing their personal 
ethics and value system as a central component of their admissions
 application. An applicant that possesses strong character attributes with 
a demonstrated penchant for trustworthiness, credibility, and honesty is
 always valued by the admissions department. Candidates should be willing 
to demonstrate that they understand that becoming a lawyer entails 
societal responsibility and they are up to the challenges of high civic 
virtue and demanding public service.”

Tip from Mike Weagley, Esq., CEO of Lotus Prep, a private tutoring and admissions counseling company: “Don’t assume your GPA and LSAT alone determine your fate. Though numbers are important, admissions officers look at other factors: your letters of recommendation, your essays, and your extracurricular activities.”

Tip from Professor Laura Lape, Chair of the Admissions Committee, Syracuse Law: "Your personal essay is a critical component of your application. Use the essay to demonstrate that you can write clear, straightforward expository prose. Check your essay carefully for malapropisms, misspellings, and grammatical errors. Do not use your essay to tell the admissions staff that you have worked very hard and will always overcome all obstacles. We read far too many such essays. Instead, describe a significant experience, your background, or your career plans.  Make your essay specific, levelheaded, and, above all, clear. The quality of your writing will count as much as the content."

We look forward to reviewing your application!