Advice on 5 Major Parts of the Law School Application

Posted by Ann Levine | October 28, 2013

This month, I traveled to UC Berkeley to speak to members of two pre-law groups. I decided to share with them tips on the five major parts of the law school application that had not already been covered on every blog and forum. I encouraged them to embrace mantras including “Grunt work is good!” and “Surprise the reader.” For these and more tips on cultivating letters of recommendation for law school, creating your law school resume, personal statement, optional essays, and addenda, read this recap of my Berkeley visit on Above the Law.

Categories: Explaining Weaknesses (Writing an Addendum), Law School Application Tips, Law School Personal Statement, Law School Personal Statements, Law School Resume, Uncategorized


Tags: law school application tips, Law School Applications, law school letters of rec, law school letters of recommendation, law school personal statement tips, law school resume

5 Responses to “Advice on 5 Major Parts of the Law School Application”

  1. Brittany says:

    Thank you for posting this, Ann! As a URM I feel compelled to write a diversity statement. It looks like my time is better spent writing a Why X Law School statement instead.

  2. Steve says:

    Hi Ann!

    I have learned an incredible amount from your discussions/posts and have followed many of their suggestions during my entire prep/app process. I’m in the final stages of my app process now, and after examining a majority of your posts and numerous other law school admissions officers’ discussions on resumes; I am left with one unanswered question regarding a subject that has received no attention:

    What is your opinion on mentioning secret societies on a resume? Would this be appropriately placed under an ‘Affiliations’/'Membership’ section of a Resume, or in an ‘Interests’ section? This is an issue that I have yet to resolve, especially due to the overlap of said membership with volunteer/philanthropic experience.

    I would love to hear your input on this!

    - Steve

    • Ann Levine says:

      Hi Steve, sorry for the delay in responding.
      This is a great question. The answer is – what is the culture in your secret society? If the culture is to leave it secret, then list a summary of your volunteer experience without saying what organization it has been through. Great question! No one has ever asked me this in 10 whole years!

  3. Chris says:

    Can I email law schools an addendum explaining why I think my most recent LSAT score should be given stronger wait after I have already submitted my application. I submitted a while ago but was just waiting for the December LSAT score to be reported.



    • Ann Levine says:

      Hi Chris, if I understand your question correctly, you want to email an addendum after submitting your application. And, yes, you can and should do so.

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