Stand Out From the Crowd

It’s the height of application season and making your application stand out can be challenging.  Here are a few points to consider:

What were your accomplishments?

You want to highlight your strengths in your personal statement. Try not to summarize your resume or extracurricular activities.  What makes you different and extraordinary?  What is most meaningful in your life?  How does this relate to law school?  Discuss any weaknesses or standardized scores in a separate statement, NOT in the personal statement.

Who knows you well academically and/or professionally?

Does this person write well?  Can he or she provide specific examples of your outstanding abilities?  Never rely on a well known name or persona for a good recommendation.  A mentor or coworker might provide more detail than a Senator.

Did you get to the point?

Review all of your documents; remember that Admissions Committees are reviewing hundreds of applications a week.  Be concise, be precise, be coherent.  Can you easily skim your statements?  How long do they take to read?  Always ask others to edit your documents and ask for a general overview.  How do others describe your statement in a word or sentence?  Were there any sentences they had to review for clarity?

Although scores are a vital factor to your application, asking yourself these questions can give you an edge.

Also, remember that Widener Law’s admissions process is paperless.  Please apply through lsac.org or law.widener.edu and we will request your LSAC CAS report upon receiving your application.  Every applicant must register through our website portal, law.widener.edu/admissions, to receive a decision.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns, asdelpuerto@mail.widener.edu.  Good luck!

  1. March 7th, 2011 at 09:42 | #1

    Ana
    Great advice and tips regarding submitting applications. I was just wondering if you have any other advice or suggestions where we can go to obtain more information. Maybe a website or a book something like that.
    thanks
    Jay From Murphy Bed Plans

  2. Ana del Puerto
    March 22nd, 2011 at 16:17 | #2

    Thanks for your feedback Jay. I always recommend lsac.org for more information, they offer a wealth of resources and advice for applying to law school. Avoid relying on message boards and “admissions consultants”…. although some are truly legit, the vast majority are breeding grounds for misinformation and misrepresentation. Take advice from reputable sources associated with a verifiable organization or school. Hope that helps!

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