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Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Your Story is only as Good as It’s Told

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - jdMission 1 - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Your Story is only as Good as It's Told

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: Although there are subtle differences in what each school asks for in a personal statement, in general the personal statement is a straightforward essay question that asks you to explain to the admissions committee why you are applying to law school. To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements. 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. The names of identifying individuals and organizations have been changed for privacy reasons. Sign up for your own Free Personal Statement Review!


The Statement

After I graduated from [Undergraduate College], I was given [a fellowship] to teach English in rural China. The January before I left, I attended a three-day retreat with other prospective fellows. There were about half a dozen of us, young leftist [students] desperate to travel, seeking adventure and an opportunity to change the world. It was for this reason that the director of the program explained the following: Read more

Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Counseling – Part 3: Hitting Submit and What Comes Next

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Counseling - Part 3: Hitting Submit and What Comes Next by Stratus Admissions Counseling
Trying to get into law school this year? Most schools’ applications are open by now, which means it’s time to get your materials together! Our newest partner, premiere admissions counseling firm Stratus Admissions Counseling, wants to help make this confusing process crystal clear for you. To that end, they’ve authored this Law School 
Admissions Tips series.


In the first posts in this series, we discussed how to approach law school admissions tips as a whole, and went into detail on the personal and diversity statements, the two major written components of the application. In this final installment, we’ll address what to do after you hit the submit button.

Let’s dig in… Read more

Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Counseling – Part 2: Your Personal and Diversity Statements

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Counseling, Part 2: Your Personal and Diversity Statements by Stratus Admissions Counseling
Trying to get into law school this year? Most schools’ applications are open by now, which means it’s time to get your materials together! Our newest partner, premiere admissions counseling firm Stratus Admissions Counseling, wants to help make this confusing process crystal clear for you. To that end, they’ve authored this Law School 
Admissions Tips series.


In last week’s post, we took an overview look at the law school application process, focusing on what law schools are looking for in their applicants, the components of a law school application, and what your overall application strategy should look like. This post will focus on the two biggest and most important written components of the law school application: the personal and diversity statements.

Let’s dig in… Read more

Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Counseling – Part 1: Your Application Strategy Overview

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Counseling: Part 1: Your Application Overview by Stratus Admissions Counseling
Trying to get into law school this year? Most schools’ applications are open by now, which means it’s time to get your materials together! Our newest partner, premiere admissions counseling firm Stratus Admissions Counseling, wants to help make this confusing process crystal clear for you. To that end, they’ve authored this Law School 
Admissions Tips series.

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Looking for Law School Admissions Advice? Check out Stratus Admissions Counseling

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Introducing Our Newest Partner: Stratus Admissions Counseling by Manhattan Prep

Here at Manhattan Prep, we’re proud to announce our newest LSAT partner: Stratus Admissions Counseling. Stratus is a premier admissions counseling firm that can help you achieve your dream of attending law school. How does it work? Read more

How Long Should My Law School Personal Statement Be?

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - How Long Should My Law School Personal Statement Be? by Daniel Coogan of Stratus Prep

Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Although much of the law school application process has been standardized, there are still some aspects of it that change from school to school. One such aspect is the length of the law school personal statement. Read more

How Does the LSAC Calculate Undergraduate GPA?

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - How Does the LSAC Calculate Undergraduate GPA? - by Daniel Coogan of Stratus Prep

Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


After submitting their transcripts to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), many applicants are perplexed to find that the cumulative GPA that LSAC reports is not the same as the GPA as calculated by their undergraduate institutions.  When this happens, the discrepancy is the result of a difference between the GPA calculation policies of the LSAC and the applicant’s undergraduate institution.

But why, you might ask, does LSAC go through the trouble of conducting its own GPA calculation? And how does the LSAC calculate undergraduate GPA? Read more

The Growing LSAT vs. GRE Debate in Law School Admissions

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions: The Rising LSAT vs. GRE Debate Q&A With Expert on Both, Mary RichterWe incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


Here’s the situation: The University of Arizona College of Law recently started accepting GRE scores in addition to LSAT scores from applicants for admission. Last week, The Wall Street Journal covered the move and the LSAC’s subsequent threat to ban the school from membership. Then, just yesterday, news broke that 148 deans of LSAC member law schools sent a letter to the LSAC’s president in support of Arizona Law. The issue has raised many pertinent questions about the merits of each test relative to the other as barometers for law school fitness. We wanted answers, so we turned to Mary Richter, LSAT (175) and GRE (168V/166Q) instructor and graduate of Yale Law School. Here’s what she had to say: Read more

LSAT Scaffolding Part I: Logic Games

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blog-scaffoldDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person LSAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Starting your LSAT prep can be a scary experience. Sure, you’ve thought before in your life, often logically (though that’s probably less frequent than you’d think!). You’ve played some games before. And you’ve certainly read.

However, the LSAT is testing a slightly different version of each of these tasks than the one that you’re used to. Because, in our day to day lives, we’re actually quite illogical. Read more

I Just Received My LSAT Score! What Next?

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Blog-NowWhatMany of you received your LSAT scores this week. You should have recovered from the celebration/lamentation by now, so it’s time to think about next steps. Here’s what you should do:  Read more