Picture this. A college student, lets name her Amy, dreams of becoming an attorney. She did her research about admission to law school and bought a pile of books to prepare for the LSAT. She took practice tests in her spare time at a secluded corner in the library to minimize distractions. She read through each question carefully and took her time to consider each response. After a few weeks of studying, she felt comfortable with the techniques and confident in her practice scores.
The day of the test, Amy can’t focus. The student next to her is tapping his foot. The proctor doesn’t notice the construction going on outside. Time flies by as Amy tries to read through each questions and consider each option. By the end of the test, Amy is exhausted and defeated. She bombed.
What went wrong? Here’s some tips:
- Time yourself when you practice for the LSAT. Get used to reading quickly and efficiently. Take tests over and over again in the time allotted for the actual test. Don’t slack on this!
- Take the test in a simulated testing environment before the actual administration. Testing rooms, especially for the LSAT, can vary. Although all environments are carefully monitored, things happen beyond our control. There are many prep courses that offer practice tests. Widener Law offers two Mock LSAT experiences in the Fall (Sept. 22 and Nov. 17). They are offered at no cost and follow LSAC guidelines for administration (including the check in process!). It’s better to be over prepared than not so take advantage of these opportunities!
- If there is a disturbance during the test (such as construction outside), bring it up to your proctor! Follow up with LSAC to make sure they are also aware. You always have the option to cancel your score if things go awry.
What other tips do you have?
For more information on Widener Law’s Mock LSAT visit: bit.ly/mmThVA
For more practice tests visit: bit.ly/SAVas9 or lsac.org
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The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) recently changed their check in procedures. Test takers are now required to bring a photo.
“All candidates must attach to their ticket a recent photograph (taken within the last six months) showing only the face and shoulders. The photograph must be clear enough so there is no doubt about the test taker’s identity, and must be no larger than 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm) and no smaller than 1 x 1 inch (3 x 3 cm). Your face in the photo must show you as you look on the day of the test (for example, with or without a beard).” – lsac.org
We have received MANY questions about applying. There seems to be confusion about our preferred process so here’s the general idea:
- Create a portal account.
- Apply for free through law.widener.edu.
- Register for LSDAS. They collect your transcripts, letters of recommendation and LSAT scores.
- Pay for an LSDAS report.
- Your file is complete once we receive your application and LSDAS report. If you want to add anything else contact the Admissions Office to hold your file.
- Keep checking the portal at law.widener.edu. A decision will be available a few weeks after completing your file. Exceptions: wait listed candidates and Trial Admissions Program candidates, these applicants will receive a decision around March and April.
- If you apply through LSDAS after Dec. 31 you will be charged a $60 application fee! So skip the payment and apply here!
Hope that clarifies things! It may seem confusing but everything is streamlined by following these steps. Good luck and happy applying!
Hello future law students! My name is Ana and I can help you apply to law school. Overwhelmed? Don’t sweat it; the Admissions office is here to answer your questions.
After four years as an Admissions Counselor, I have gathered a wealth of information and many stories from the road. Each of your towns have something unique to offer – like great steak in Dallas, fabulous barbeque in Kansas City and awesome sights in Tucson. Some of the perks of the job! I also met extraordinary applicants on both the Harrisburg and Delaware campuses through my employment at each location. Both of our campuses have an abundance of resources and particular concentrations to meet your needs. The Widener Law community can help you decide whether we are a good fit for your goals.
To help you decide which schools are right for you, please stop by your college’s law and graduate fairs. Career Development offices often arrange such events. LSAC (www.lsac.org) also hosts forums to meet admissions representatives from practically any law school in the nation! Take advantage of these opportunities, they are priceless. I will be at many of these fairs and hope you can stop by! Tell me if you are following my blog!
Admissions representatives should be somewhere near you this fall, check our calendar.
For the time being, there are three things you should be working on:
- Preparing for the LSAT
- Gathering applications
- Finding recommendors
The LSAT is offered four times per year. I recommend preparing and sitting for the exam in the fall if possible. Widener Law’s admission season runs on a rolling basis. That means first come, first served – so make sure you apply early! This will increase your chances for consideration to all programs and scholarship opportunities. I wish you all the best during this process.
Please feel free to leave a comment, question or concern and I will reply a.s.a.p.
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!