• Ben Olson

Ep. 268: The Most Competitive Admissions Cycle Ever with Ann Levine

This year has seen major changes to the LSAT—namely through the LSAT Flex. It’s a shorter test with just three sections that you can take from the comfort of your home (or hotel) and a completely separate writing section. So how are these changes affecting the 2020 law school admissions cycle? The guys sit down with law school admissions expert Ann Levine to talk about how this cycle may be the most competitive ever.

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3:52 – Ann Levine on The Most Competitive Admissions Cycle Ever

Lots of folks are turning out to take the LSAT Flex. And because the test offers pretty favorable conditions, people are getting pretty competitive scores, which means that this year’s applicant pool is…pretty competitive. In fact, law school admissions expert Ann Levine thinks this may be the most competitive cycle ever. The guys talk to Ann about how the LSAT Flex is affecting 1L hopefuls and they discuss the big question: should you even apply this year, or wait it out?

21:57 – Low-Ranking, High-Scholarship, vs. High-Ranking, No Scholarship

Ann stays on to answer a few admissions questions, and the first one is from Deeba. Deeba just nabbed a 75% scholarship (or discount code) from the first school they heard back from (whooo!). But they haven’t heard from any of the other 20 schools they applied to. Even though Deeba’s got a green light from the school, it’s not high ranking. Deeba asks if it’s worthwhile to go to a school for low or no cost even if it’s not well ranked. Ann suggests that Deeba is just in the early part of the cycle at this point and that more admissions letters are sure to roll in, which means Deeba will have some (hopefully) fun decisions to make. The crew weighs in about Deeba’s current sitch.

26:24 – Letters of Rec Waiting Game

Anon is bummed. They’ve been waiting on a letter of recommendation from a teacher and a mentor for some time—and she wants to submit her applications, like, yesterday. Ann and the guys agree that Anon should send an email to the professor and ask for the letter of recommendation by the end of next week. Providing a deadline can be a helpful catalyst to get someone to put pen to paper. But they also say that if the professor doesn’t respond in that timeline, that Anon should cut her losses and apply ASAP.

32:37 – Sub-headings in a Personal Statement?

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