What does a good application look like?
Widener Law prides itself in holistic file reviews. However, the four aspects that most influence the committee are:
- Undergraduate GPA
- LSAT score
- Personal Statement
- Letters of Recommendation
Your GPA and LSAT are very important to the Admissions Committee because they offer a relatively objective measurement of your skills. Make sure to work hard and prepare so you are at the most competitive spot possible. If you are not a good test taker, become one. Take prep courses, find a tutor and/or seek counseling if you suffer test anxiety. Law school is largely based on tests so start improving your skills now!
Your personal statement and letters of recommendation show the committee who you are and what you offer to the school. Personal statements should be concise and well formatted. Provide information on your work ethic, scholarly potential and any other traits that set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool.
Letters of recommendation should be detailed and well written. Develop an idea of what you would like a recommender to write about you and ask if the writer can meet your needs. If not, seek another recommender. Quality is more important than prestige. Do not use a recommendation just because of the writer’s reputation; always opt for the person who can write most positively about you.
I will hopefully go into more detail about each of these components in later blogs. For now, keep up your hard work and feel free to contact me with questions!