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Untruths, Exaggerations and Bad Recommendations Mar Law School Applications

Posted Sep 9, 2010 9:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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If you ever got rejected from a law school, the reason may not be your grades or LSAT score, although those are the two most important admissions factors.

A new survey of admissions officers at 145 law schools found a few other problems are cropping up for would-be lawyers. Eighty-seven percent of respondents reported receiving a negative letter of recommendation about an applicant, and 73 percent found that claims on an application were exaggerated or untrue, according to a press release.

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the Am Law Daily and Above the Law all had stories.

The survey by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions also suggests that the boost in law school applications won’t be letting up. Fifty-six percent of the admissions officers predict an increase in applications this year, 25 percent expect the numbers to remain flat, and 6 percent predict a decrease.

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