Laura Julia Shappirona
What are some of the most frequently made mistakes that applicants make? Additionally, what are some good tips on avoiding those mistakes?
- Jennie Rothman expert One obvious mistake that's easy to avoid is making typos in your application. You want to put your best foot forward when applying to law schools, so you should be sure to take the time to proofread your application carefully. It always helps to have a friend proofread it as well, to catch any mistakes you've missed. Another mistake that can negatively influence your chances of admission is submitting your application late in the cycle. Law school applications are released in the late summer/ early fall. It's best to get a jump on working on them right away, before school has gotten too busy. Law schools consider applications in the order they arrive, so there's a real advantage to getting your application in earlier in the process. Even where a deadline is in February, you should aim to get your applications in by the end of the year before you expect to start.
- anonymous alum Another mistake is applying without sufficiently preparing your personal statement and other essays. These are not throwaway items. They are essential aspects of your application for showing the admissions committee who you are and for making a case for why should be admitted. Give yourself sufficient time and expend a solid effort on drafting and editing excellent essays.