Common Information

By the time you have arranged for the parts of your file which must be produced by others (transcripts and recs) and have completed all your supplementary documents, you should have begun researching schools and deciding where you'll apply. Now you think you're ready to complete applications.

Uh-uh. First you have to find and complete the Common Information Form.

The Common Info link is under "Apply" on the blue top bar, then in the first of the three columns in the white central portion.

Finding the Common Info Form, view 1

Another way to get to it is by opening the link for any application. Above the "Primary Application" link is the Common Info link. The two different links go to exactly the same place.

Finding the Common Info Form, view 2

So It's All Online!

"So I just have to fill in the data once? That sounds easy!"  NO.  This doesn't negate the need to enter data carefully.  In fact, it makes it more important.

  • Any errors you make on the Common Information Form will reproduce on all your applications.
    • Notice on the sample below that the first two date spaces want a 2-digit year, while the last wants a 4-digit year. That's the kind of inconsistency that makes mistakes easy.

LSAC Common Information Form, view 1

The form above divides jobs in to categories that may not fit your life. For instance, Full-time summer and Part-time school may be the same job. What do you do? List it in both places? How? That depends on your exact circumstances, so I can't give a generic answer except, "whatever gives the clearest picture of your life."

Often the common info form will fail to fill in something on an application. For instance, on this sample from Fordham's application:

LSAC Application Form, view 1

  1. If you return to "Register with LSAC"and look at the last screen shot, you'll see that I already told them when and where I went to college, and with what majors. But that info didn't fill in for me here.
  2. The screen shot above shows that the app asks for chronological order; the auto-fill function failed to follow that instruction; I listed Temple as my second school and North Seattle CC as my most recent.

So the Common Info Form makes it easier to enter data, but it also makes it easier to make mistakes.

Once you've completed the common Info form and proofread it at least twice, you can go on to looking at an actual application.


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