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More Than Good Grades and LSAT Score Needed to Win Law School Admission, Says US News


For those applying to law school, U.S. News and World Report offers advice on the magazine’s Education page that likely won’t astonish:

In addition to good grades and a high score on the LSAT exam, more probably will be needed to win admission.

Specifically, there are five qualities that an applicant should strive to show, according to the article. They are: intellectual curiosity, ethics, a passion for the law, tenacity and leadership.

How exactly should one try to demonstrate these sterling personality traits? The article explains, “You can gain leadership experience in clubs at your undergraduate institution, through class projects, and at work or in your internships.”

When writing about leadership experiences in a law school application essay, explain how you were selected, the positive impact you made and any lessons learned, the article advises.

The U.S. News’ advice could seem superfluous, given last week’s report that law schools could be admitting 80 percent of their applicants this fall, according to University of St. Thomas law professor Jerry Organ.

Edited at 10:57 a.m. to include a link to a prior story.

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