So You Finished the October LSAT – Now What?
First off, congratulations! Take a deep breath. If you’ve made it to this post, you’ve completed a key component of the law school admissions process — taking the October LSAT.
Before you get too comfortable or stressed over that final logic game (like I did!), it’s time to refocus your energy on the remaining portions of your application. The good news is there are still a number of opportunities to develop the perfect application that you have complete control over.
1. Secure letters of recommendation
It’s time to fess up to the Professor you took three evolutionary biology classes from and ran research trials for that you are not heading into academia (true story). While you’re waiting for your scores is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with recommenders to discuss your law school application. The most important factors to remember for letters of recommendation are: meet with your potential recommender in person and early (now, if you haven’t already!), choose someone who knows you well enough to be an advocate for you, and secure more recommendations than you think you will need (this will be helpful if you decide to submit additional letters or if something goes wrong with your preferred letters).
2. Compile your resume
Organizing your resume is a great brainstorming tool for your writing samples. Though your personal statement should not rehash your resume, it will help you to remember anecdotes that might prove to be useful in your personal statement or supplemental essays. Formatting is key; the average admissions counselor will only look at your resume for thirty seconds so make it easy to read. Finally, check for typos (then check for them again). I went into an interview once and was mortified when the interviewer pointed out a typo in my resume heading. Needless to say, I did not get the job.
Remember, the resume is a dialogue, not a monologue. It is a conversation with your specific reader and should be designed accordingly. The resume you used for a job last summer simply won’t cut it for your law school application.
3. Get your transcripts
Getting your transcript at most schools is surprisingly complicated and requires multiple business days to process. That is, if you are lucky enough to not get caught up in weeks of bureaucracy. Check into what your school’s policy is and make sure that you are all set before you get caught up in other parts of your application.
4. Google yourself and set your Facebook settings to private
Don’t let this happen to you.
5. Outline possible personal statements
Outlining multiple personal statements can help you to get a feel for which one is most engaging to a reader. Plus, you may be surprised which idea turns out to be the best for a writing sample. For example, I was convinced that the most compelling experience I had in college came from my internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, after outlining several personal statements, I realized that, though my involvement with the foundation was an important part of my life, it did not shape my reasons for applying to law school. Once you have drafted your outlines, enlist the help of friends and family or utilize our services.
As a final note, LSAT scores will not be officially released until October 30th, but tend to come out a few days early so be on the lookout around the 28th. Good luck!