Before actually taking the LSAT, some prospective takers do a little strutting about how well they’ve done on their practice tests—many fewer can do so after getting their scores back. Most takers don’t match the range they thought they could achieve; many fall off precipitously. A few people, however, meet or exceed their best practice score. There are many reasons why a distinct minority of people match or top their best practice score. One is that those people have built their endurance for a very long, intense exam day, while the larger “falloff” group generally hasn’t. (For a few others, download our free white paper.)
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.
If you’ve started thinking about preparing for the LSAT, you’ve probably gone to your local bookstore or online and come home with an armload of LSAT study guides (or their online equivalent). Or maybe you signed up for an LSAT prep class, an LSAT review course or for private LSAT tutoring and received in return for your not insubstantial investment a hefty volume of LSAT study techniques. Before you opened them, you thought, “Wow, this is great, with all this insight, I’ll be ready!”
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