On July 24, 2011 the New York Times ran an interesting education supplement which included (among other things) the admission statistics for a number of U.S. schools. Many of you are interested in law school rankings. You will find the Gospel according to the New York Times here.
Note also that I came across an interesting tool to help you make your law school decision here. This tool recognizes that rankings are one of a number of considerations when choosing a law school.
Most people go to law school because they want to become a lawyer. Pre-law students spend much of their time asking the answerable question of: what are the chances of getting into law school? Furthermore, they worry incessantly about Canadian law school rankings. Yet, many pre-law students in Canada are unaware of the range of opportunities available to them. The purpose of this post is to (at the very least) make you aware of the range of opportunities available to you. It is NOT to give specific advice about programs. Remember that the “trend is always your friend”. Think about my predictions. A global legal practice is becoming the rule rather than the exception. Continue reading →
How does one become a lawyer? The requirements are in an Ontario statute called “The Law Society Act”. There is only one statutory requirement (the Law Society makes up the rest in the form of regulations). That requirement is a requirement of “character”. To be specific that S. 27(2) of the Law Society Act states that: Continue reading →
In late March of 2010 I was interviewed about my “Law School Bound” book by Steve Schwartz (the publisher of “LSAT Blog“). What follows are the questions and answers.
1. You published Law School Bound back in 2006. What new advice do you have for law school applicants today?
Law School Bound was designed to guide people from the decision to attend law school, through the application process, through the bar admission process and into a legal career. The book was designed to “stand the test of time”. Therefore, I wouldn’t give any different advice in 2010. Continue reading →
Principle: The best acronyms should be descriptive acronyms!
What does the acronym “LSAT” stand for?
LSAT is an acronym that stands for “Law School Admission Test”.
The LSAT is:
– a four letter word;
– a barrier between you and the law school of your choice (or perhaps any law school)
– a standardized test (every test taker gets the same questions);
– a multiple choice test (rewarding answer identification first and understanding second);
– a long test;
– a test administered under strict time constraints;
– an important test Continue reading →
Two weeks ago I spent a week doing free LSAT seminars for pre-law students. We spend lots of time talking about law school applications and getting into law school. Many students spend lots of time asking “what are my chances of getting into law school?” Don’t spend your time wondering about your chances. Do spend your time improving your chances.
At the end of this seminar series, I did an email interview about my“Law School Bound”. I found myself thinking: What is the single most important piece of advice that you would give to a pre-law student? Here are my thoughts.
The easiest way to gain admission to law school is to NOT concentrate on getting into law school per se. The primary factor that will determine where you attend law school is your grades. Grading is a competitive and relative evaluation. The people who get the highest grades are the people who like the course the best. If you don’t like your courses you will not get good grades.
The best way to get good grades is to enjoy your courses. Once you find an area of study that you like, you should then make it your goal to get into graduate school in that area of study. If you can get into graduate school you can get into law school. In fact you should carry your undergraduate interests into law school. Not only is there no such thing as a pre-law program, there is no area of study that cannot be carried into law school. For example, if you study economics as an undergraduate student, you can carry that interest into law school. Antitrust law is more about economics than it is about law.
The moral of the story is – be happy and the rest will take care of itself!