Episode 41: Ann Levine, Law School Expert, Shares Tips for Law School Admission

Ann Levine, Law School Expert, shares advice and answers questions about law school admission.

  • What do law school admissions committees do with LSAT score bands?
  • How does the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) compute your GPA when you retake a college course and then receive a higher grade?
  • How does LSAC handle transcripts when you’re involved in a dual degree program?
  • What are the first things you should do to prepare for law school?
  • Brittany asks if you can submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.
  • When you’re asked to supply bullet points for your own letter of recommendation, what information should you give your recommender?
  • How do you decide on a personal statement topic when you have several life experiences to share?
  • Kirk has a bachelor’s of music degree in trombone performance. He asks how law school admissions committees will view his degree in music, and should he ask for letters of recommendation from his music professors? He also asks about study abroad programs in law school.
  • Should you submit your law school application now or wait until after taking the October LSAT?

Be sure to check out Ann’s new Law School Expert scholarship program.

After our conversation with Ann, we tackle Logical Reasoning questions 7 and 8 (Section 2) from the June 2007 LSAT.

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  1. Wait — I thought LSAC counts all college grades INCLUDING courses you retook. LSAC counts both the first attempt and all future attempts.


  2. Hey guys – so, in my excitement I made a mistake on the podcast. Please accept this correction on LSAC’s policy re: repeated courses – here it is direct from LSAC.org: http://www.lsac.org/aboutlsac/policies/transcript-summarization

    “All grades and credits earned for repeated courses will be included in the GPA calculation if the course units and grades appear on the transcript. A line drawn through course information or a grade does not eliminate the course from GPA calculation if the course units appear on the transcript.”


  3. Ann, please don’t use the dehumanizing words “illegal immigrant” in the future. The proper term is “undocumented immigrant” or “undocumented person”.


  4. Apparently, without any intention, I used a term that may have been considered inappropriate. Please forgive me if I used a term that seemed dehumanizing. I hope you know from my long work with a national civil rights organization and from this article I wrote for Above the Law, http://abovethelaw.com/career-files/applying-to-law-school-as-an-immigrant-or-as-the-child-of-immigrant-parents/
    that it was certainly not my intent. In fact, an undocumented student is one of the first recipients of the scholarship I launched, which you can read more about here http://lawschoolexpert.com/lse-scholarships/.


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