The Dos and Don’ts of Your Law School Application: PLS in October

Photos and text by Heather Barodi

Our second meeting of the semester went on without skipping a beat. There were very few minor things to take care of before we got right down to business with our guest panel, which included three law school deans or recruiters.

We started our meeting with some housekeeping, which included an acknowledgement and congratulations for our most members (yet) and ended with a discussion on our upcoming volunteer event, Scare on the Square.

Afterwards, we were introduced to our admissions panel. We had Megan Henson (Associate Director of Admissions at University of Tulsa), Shawn Adams (Assistant Director for Recruitment at Texas Tech Law), and Jens Sandberg (Admissions Recruiter at South Texas College of Law).

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Our president, Sawyer Massie, started our Q&A with a few basic questions, but our members quickly jumped in and had some interesting questions of their own.

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Our panelist informed on things to put on our applications, what not to put, how to write the “perfect” personal statements, retaking LSATs, and many other things.

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Each panelist offered their own unique advice fit for their school, as well as their own personal advice that they endeavored when they applied for law schools.  They were very informative, while also injecting some humor into the discussion.

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The common denominator for that all three came into agreement on one thing: be yourself. That is the one thing most applicants miss on because they focus on what they think the admissions office wants to hear rather than the truth.

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At the end of this meeting, we can all say we left with more than we expected know and feel a little less nervous for our applications. Our final meeting of the fall semester is November 20, and we expect to have another exciting and educational meeting!

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LEAP offers Mock LSAT to Pre-Law Students

The LEAP Center offered a Mock LSAT to SHSU pre-law students this fall, making 16 semesters in a row that the Center has offered this service.

Approximately 57 students showed up for four-hour test on a Saturday morning, simply to assess where they stand on the single most important criterion for being accepted to law school.

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For the past 10 years, SHSU has ranked in the top 150 “law school feeders,” a ranking put out by LSAC.  Our students have gone to top schools around the country and, of course, in Texas.  Part of the reason for this is the many programs offered by the LEAP Center: (1) mock LSATs every semester; (2) Mock Law class every spring; (3) a strong Pre-Law Society organization on campus; (4) law-school trips; and (5) many other programs designed to promote the skills emphasized by law schools.

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Of course, it largely begins with our students, who are willing to spend half a Saturday taking a test simply to invest in their future.