It’s been a while! The Admissions office is busy preparing for the new class and continuing to read files. Remember our deadline to apply is May 15! Take advantage of our free application through our website to be considered for Fall 2011. We will accept a June LSAT score, visit LSAC.org for registration information.
Lately, I’ve received many questions from applicants who were not offered a seat this year. First, remember that you can achieve your goals with dedication and persistence. Work hard for what you seek. Secondly, the Committee carefully reviews every application in its entirety. However, your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA are significant when making a decision. They are an objective way for the Committee to gauge your skill level. Although these scores are not directly pertaining to law, they do indicate your level of reasoning and scholarly potential. If your scores do not approach our medians, admission will be more challenging. A strong personal statement, persuasive letters of recommendation and supporting materials can help offset lower scores. Additionally, if you have any weaknesses in your file then address them in an addendum, or separate statement. You may email any supporting documents to email@example.com to add to your file.
As another application season winds down, we will continue to offer events and guidance for the entering class. I welcome any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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December LSAT results were released recently, how did you score? I received several calls from applicants disappointed with their scores. Hopefully, you conquered each question but here are some suggestions for those who fell short:
- A low LSAT score is not the end of the world. Passion, drive and dedication can get you places – so think positive.
- Reflect on your preparation. Did you take the time to adequately prepare for the LSAT? We advise preparing at least 3 months in advance and timing yourself once you start taking full prep tests. If you prepared solo, would a class help? If you took a class, was your teacher effective? Maybe a tutor would give the personal attention you need?
- Reflect on your health. How did you feel mentally and physically during the test? Were you blanking out? Anxious? Consider seeking a counselor that can develop skills to counteract test anxiety. It is completely natural to feel pressured with this test, it means a lot to your future. But if your anxiety is overwhelming and affecting your score then it’s time to take action, find someone who can give you coping mechanisms. Illness, not getting enough sleep, hunger, headaches and lack of concentration can all affect your score – keep healthy.
- What’s your next step? You can apply with your current score or retake the test. Keeping your score can be an option if it lies close to the median for the entering class. Academic records, personal statements and letters of recommendation can influence the Admissions Committee’s decision, so beef those up! Some schools, like Widener, also offer trial admission programs for applicants with slightly lower scores but otherwise excellent applications. If you feel that your score could increase, then retaking is a good option. Consider your timing, the LSAT is only offered four times per year so you may need to wait another year to start law school. Also consider your likelihood of increasing your score. If you felt healthy, confident and thoroughly prepared then scores rarely increase more than a point or so (although there are always exceptions).
I hope this offers some advice to those of you grappling with a tough decision. If you’re still unsure, feel free to email me at email@example.com with questions.
And happy 2011!
As we approach the October LSAT, many prospective students anxiously trudge through prep work to achieve the best score possible. Here are some tips for you brave souls:
- Familiarize yourself with the questions. Nothing is better than walking into the testing center knowing what to expect.
- Know how you study best. If you do best studying alone, then do not force yourself into a prep course. If you need more structure, then a weekend or semester course might be a good option. If it’s not broken, don’t change it!
- Take your time on the analytical (logic games) section but allocate it appropriately! Know where you can cut some corners and where you can’t. This is best gauged through practice, time yourself once you start taking full practice tests.
- Take as many practice tests as you can – Widener Law offers free simulated testing four times this year. Visit http://law.widener.edu/Spiffs/WidenerLawHighlightsII/LSATPracticeExams.aspx for more information.
There are many options out there, do your research. Along with the test prep companies, some local colleges offer weekend courses or provide personal tutors. Although prep can be an expensive endeavor, remember that it holds significant weight in the Admissions process. A high score can even place you in consideration for merit scholarships – is a $1,000 course worth a full scholarship to law school? That’s a rhetorical question.
For those of you retaking the LSAT, each law school has its own standards for considering multiple scores. Widener Law considers all LSAT scores, along with the average, but places greater emphasis on the high score.
As always, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Happy testing!
Last week concluded Widener Law’s annual Jurist Academy, which is an invaluable program for rising Juniors and Seniors in college. The Delaware campus hosted a diverse, dynamic and highly qualified group of college students from around the country. Over a two week period, participants took introductory law courses, LSAT prep work, networked with prominent attorneys, tweaked their writing skills and learned about admission to law school. What an amazing opportunity to boost your application and add experience before law school!
If you are curious about JD classesl, I highly encourage you to apply. Please visit the Jurist Academy Admissions page for more information. And, as always, feel free to contact me with questions!
As the September LSAT score release date quickly approaches, many of you are anxiously clicking through your inbox hoping for a surge of satisfaction. I hope you all sense that wave of relief (or joy!). Others may not feel as confident about their performance. In the past few weeks, I’ve met some applicants relaying a sense of uncertainty about their score. What happens if you don’t meet a law school’s median? Law schools, for better or worse, do place an emphasis on LSAT scores. But all is not lost if your score is a few points lower than the rest.
Widener Law offers a Trial Admissions Program (TAP) which takes place in June. All applicants are considered. These are the most important points about TAP:
- Those with a lower LSAT or GPA but otherwise excellent credentials are most closely reviewed. This is why letters of recommendation and personal statement can be so important!
- Select applicants are invited (via e-mail and the Admissions portal) to take 3 law school courses on both the Harrisburg and Wilmington campuses. These courses are for admission purposes only and do not count towards a degree.
- Those who earn a 2.30 GPA or above in TAP are then invited to join the incoming class.
- This is an opportunity for applicants with developing test skills to show their talents in a law school setting.
So, although the LSAT is important, many schools offer alternate opportunities like TAP. Apply early, do your research, and you can find a school that matches you – hopefully at Widener Law!