Hear it From the Experts

As you may have gathered, I believe I know an incredible amount about law school admissions. When people challenge me on my attitude, or tell me they read in a certain book or on a chat board, my answer is, "I don't guess. I call admissions officers and ask them." Still, there are times that what I'm saying is so difficult for the average applicant to swallow that I've decided on a different approach.

Often applicants email me asking such questions, and I say, “bad idea; too common; not informative about you.”  Then you have to decide how my advice ranks against the other blogs and sound bites flooding the internet.  Rather than leave you to try to weigh the value of my advice against that of another self-proclaimed expert (note that I include myself in this category), I have decided to call upon the real experts:  law school admissions officers.  I'm going to email them your questions and get permission to record their answers here.

I intend for these deliberations to be informative, but not debates.  There will always be differing viewpoints; my plan is to cover those that I consider to be counterintuitive or little-known.  

So don't look for cute little marketing ploys like, "Tell me about Ann Arbor." Look for actual questions about the really hard points of admissions decisionmaking: the answers to what an admissions officer thinks when comparing your 3.8 to that guy's, or why you have to report a curfew violation from when you were fifteen.

We're starting off with some big guns; I've asked a question of Rick Geiger from Cornell, and am posting notes from earlier talks with Edward Tom from Cal Berkeley and Sarah Zearfoss at Michigan, with their kind permission.

This section is a work in progress: look for something new every few months, or check our Recent News to see who we've been talking to lately.

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