Podcast Highlight:

This week’s podcast discusses how to put together a “stand-out” law school application. Our guests today are Ann Gibbs, Associate Dean of Administrative and Student Services at Wake Forest University School of Law; Ann Levine, author of The Law School Admission Game; and Anna Ivey, founder and head of graduate school admissions for Anna Ivey Consulting.

Our first guest, Ann Gibbs, says that good attributes for law school applications are a well-written personal statement, and above-average LSAT scores and GPA. In the case of students whose LSAT and GPA numbers aren’t exceptional, she suggests that students should focus on highlighting outstanding attributes in other part of their application.

Our second guest, Ann Levine, says there are two ways to stand out on your application: Your experiences, and your overall presentation. She states that the best section to easily stand out in is the personal statement. Levine suggests that a thoughtful or unusual personal statement can go a long way to grab and keep an admission staffers’ attention, but warns against oversharing or “being cheesy.” Finally, Levine gives us her best piece of advice when seeking to have a stand-out application: Be very careful when putting your application together; always make sure to proofread all the text and confirm there are no mistakes.

Our final guest, Anna Ivey, says the most important aspect of any law school application are the LSAT and GPA, but says numbers aren’t the only thing that can make or break your law school chances. Ivey suggests that students without outstanding numbers can still put together a solid application, but may face an uphill battle with a certain caliber of school. Like Levine, Ivey says that the law school application is the one way students have to “prove” themselves to admissions representatives; therefore, they should make sure to do put their absolute best forward, and double-check all the information they include.


Ann Gibbs – Associate Dean of Administrative and Student Services at Wake Forest University School of Law
Ann Levine – Author of The Law School Admission Game
Anna Ivey – Founder and head of graduate school admissions for Anna Ivey Consulting

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  1. Julia,Recommenders need not always be erofpssors. They are however, generally the people most familiar with an applicant’s academic prowess (and are thus the initial go-to). Here’s what the University of Chicago has to say: Your letters should discuss your academic qualifications, intellectual ability, and strengths as a student. This includes your intellectual curiosity, research and writing ability, analytical skills, motivation, work ethic, and capacity to think critically and challenge yourself. You focus should be on people who can speak intelligently about whether you possess the qualities mentioned. Family members and family friends are generally out of bounds where recommendations are concerned. However, if you’ve done charity work, volunteer work or other things of that sort, those with whom you worked might be a good place to start.

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