Your law school application package is critical to differentiating you from other applicants with similar LSAT scores and GPAs. You should think conceptually about the picture you want to paint for admissions committees; while each individual application document is important, what’s more crucial is that you present a truthful, holistic, coherent and attractive portrait.
Our last two blog posts, “Making Your Resume Shine,” provided a lot of content. We thought that you might want a summary as you’re writing your resume.
As you craft your resume, you need to keep a sharp focus on what law schools want to know about you. Our last post covered the four crucial determinations that law schools are making. Those are the principles that should guide every part of your resume.
Like any resume, your law school resume must be customized for its audience. You should keep in constant view four basic determinations that law schools are trying to make as they decide whether to extend an offer of admission or merit-based financial assistance to you: you are dedicated; you can do the intellectual work at a high level; you will bring positive interpersonal energy; and your career after law school will reflect favorably on their decision to admit you. You don’t say any of that directly in your resume but a well-constructed resume communicates these qualities clearly.
One of The ABA Journal’s top 10 stories for Thanksgiving week (of all times), was the 19.8% increase in the number of September LSAT takers, to almost 61,000, up about 10,000 from the fall of 2008. That is a stunning increase, almost certainly due to the weak overall economy; for the full four-exam annual June 2008-February 2009 LSAT cycle, there were 151,000 LSAT takers, already up 6.4% from 2007-2008 (data available through membership as part of the “LSAC Volume Summary”). A 19.8% increase for this year’s full cycle would mean that over 180,000 LSATs will be administered.
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