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  • Writer's pictureNoor Shater

What I Wish I knew Before Applying to Law School

Updated: Jun 15

  • Embarking on the journey to law school isn't always straightforward. If things don't go as planned initially, don't be discouraged! I personally didn't end up with the law school results I had hoped for the first time I applied. I decided to take two years off, retake the LSAT, gain more work experience, refined my application, and applied again.

  • Contrary to popular belief, preparing for the LSAT isn't a quick six-month task. It's a complex exam, and your brain needs time to get used to it. Don't rush; success might take more than six months. It took me about 1.5 years to get the achieve my goal score.

  • When it comes to your personal statement and other writing materials in your application, be sincere. You don't need a grand story about why you want to go to law school. Just tell the truth, authenticity is key. 

  • The stress of the admissions process can take a toll on your mental health. Find what helps you cope – whether it's faith or other mechanisms – and hold onto it. Don't let this process harm your well-being; it's not worth it.

  • Don't be intimidated by statistics like median LSAT scores or GPA's. If you really want to shoot your shot at a particular school, go for it. Don’t decide that a school doesn’t want you before you even apply. It's not your job to judge your application, leave that to the admissions officers.

  • Taking time off after graduating is okay. I know I personally felt rushed to apply right after graduating, but I wasn't ready. I made the decision to take two years off, gain work experience in big law, rack up some savings, improve my LSAT score, and spend time with my family before applying. Everyone's circumstances differ, whether your a KJD or you choose to take time off, just make sure you are doing what is best for your situation. Law school will be there, and you shouldn't feel pressured to apply before you're ready. 

  • I know it is easier said then done, but once you submit your application, you just need to let the process play itself out. It is so easy to get caught up in Reddit posts, or LSD chats, and compare yourself to other applicants, don't. You will end up at the school that you are supposed to end up at. No amount of refreshing the status checker, or scrolling Reddit is going to make the process go by faster.

  • Lastly I would say have hope, and expect to be successful. By the time you submit your application you've spent hours studying for the LSAT, worked hard to prove yourself academically in college, and built your resume. Have hope that your hard work is going to pay off!


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