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LSAT Scores for the Best Law Schools 2019

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LSAT Scores for the Best Law Schools 2019

The LSAT is quite different from other academic tests in a number of important ways. When it comes to the best law schools, some people are surprised to learn that a perfect score on the LSAT isn’t necessarily an ideal goal. Read more

What’s a Good LSAT Score?

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What's a Good LSAT Score?

Law schools consider several different factors when making admission decisions. Your academic record, work experience, personal statement, and recommendations will all play a role. A good LSAT score by itself won’t necessarily get you into your dream law school, but it is an important factor. All ABA-approved law schools accept the LSAT, and it carries more weight with most schools than your GPA does. Read more

A Running List of All Law Schools that Accept the GRE

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - A Running List of Law Schools that Accept the GRE by Manhattan Prep

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The number of law schools that accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT has been rising steadily. After preliminary studies suggested that GRE scores might be as indicative as LSAT scores in predicting student performance in law school, the GRE has gained traction as an LSAT substitute. Many school officials hope that accepting GRE scores will make law school more accessible to a diverse group of students. Read more

Do I Take a Gap Year before Law School?

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Do I Take a Gap Year before Law School? by Stratus Admissions Counseling

Applicants often ask us if they should take a gap year after college before they attend law school. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Increasingly, however, many top law schools seem to be in favor of taking some time away from academics before pursuing a law degree. Among Yale’s Class of 2020, 38% are 1-2 years out of college and 46% are 3+ years out of college. Here are a few reasons why taking a gap year might be the right choice for you. Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Contextualize in a Sentence or Two

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Contextualize in a Sentence or Two by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

What to Include in Your Law School Addendum

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - What to Include in Your Law School Addendum by Stratus Admissions Counseling

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Last month, we discussed when it’s appropriate to include an addendum in your law school application. Once you’ve decided that an addendum is right for you, it’s important to craft one that fits the bill in tone, length, and content. Here are a few tips for that: Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Even an Amazing Story Will Not Be Great Unless You Tell It Well

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Even an Amazing Story Will Not be Great Unless You Tell It Well by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

Telling Your Story: Too Clean to be Real?

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Too Clean to be Real? by jdMission

A personal statement is really no more than telling a story—one that illuminates the “you” a law school would be lucky to have in its student body. In this series, “Telling Your Story,” a jdMission Senior Consultant will discuss how elements of storytelling can—and should—be applied to your personal statement.


Once, when I was a kid, I (secretly) ate an entire bag of peppermint candies (not an individual bag—a party-size bag) then ran outside to swing on my swing set, where I proceeded to throw up the entire bag. I know, gross. But I have a point. Read more

When to Include an Addendum on Your Law School Application

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - When to Include an Addendum on Your Law School Application by Stratus Admissions Counseling

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Typically, law school applicants focus their efforts on writing appealing personal statements and diversity statements—and rightfully so: those are the most important parts of the application. Many candidates, however, neglect the invaluable opportunity extended to them by law schools to put in context experiences that might not be evident from their essays or dry numbers. Almost every law school allows the applicant to submit an optional document—also known as an addendum—without topic restrictions, for that purpose exactly. So, when is such an addendum appropriate? Read more

4 Tips for Creating Your Best Law School Application Resume

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - 4 Tips for Creating Your Best Law School Application Resume by Stratus Admissions Counseling

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A typical law school applicant spends countless hours crafting their personal statement. The same effort and attention to detail should go into creating a strong law school application resume. Read more