By late September, college students have likely moved back into the dorms, finalized class schedules for the semester and are getting settled into a routine. Those who are applying to law school this year have an additional commitment to budget into their schedules: reaching out to recommenders, writing essays and taking the LSAT, if they have not already done so.
With a full course load plus extracurricular activities, applying to law school may be a daunting task. However, countless college students have successfully applied and been admitted to top law schools. By following the three tips below, you can balance your academic life with your law school applications and increase your chances of being accepted at your desired law school.
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1. Start now: You are about a month into the semester, which means now is an ideal time to get started on your law school applications. Students tend to have lighter workloads at the beginning of the semester as opposed to the middle and end, so take advantage of that extra time. The more progress you make now, the less you will have to do during peak midterm exam and essay deadline season.
In my experience, the more time students are able to dedicate to their applications, the more compelling and successful the resulting essays and short answers become. The earlier you get started, the more overall time you will have to work on your applications.
2. Treat applications as another class: Schedule a time or a few times in your calendar each week to work on your law school applications, as if they are an additional class. With due dates for your school work looming over your head, it can be easy to lose track of your essays and other application components, so consider setting due dates for key benchmarks to stay on track.
Many of my clients at Stratus Prep have collaborated with their admissions counselors to customize a calendar and checklists for their applications that greatly helped them balance their many responsibilities.
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3. Seek advice: Although it can be challenging to apply to law school while completing your undergraduate degree, being on campus boasts significant benefits. You can interact with professors who read essays every day and are likely willing to help and provide feedback.
As a college student, you also have access to career services for resume review and prelaw advisers for questions about law school. Be sure to take advantage of all the resources available to you on campus.
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Crafting an application that most accurately captures your accomplishments, academic achievements and personality requires a significant time commitment, regardless of your other responsibilities. By following the suggestions above, you ensure that you put your best foot forward with your law school applications, maintain your academic and extracurricular interests and decrease the stress involved with juggling multiple obligations.