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Advice if you are considering reapplying to law school | Law School Lowdown

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My dream is to enroll in one of the top five law schools in the United States. My LSAT score is 168 and my GPA is 3.9. I applied to these schools twice and was rejected. Do you have any advice on how it will be accepted next year? -MA

It must have been painful to be rejected twice by your dream law school. Your ability to be patient and recover from setbacks will help you in your legal career.

It seems that you are applying from overseas. Foreign applicants are facing difficult battles, but their share of the US JD program has grown rapidly in recent years. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, it reached 7% of the premier law schools in 2019.

Unfortunately, the past two years have been very competitive for admission to law schools, and the number of applicants has skyrocketed since the pandemic began. Enrollment trends are likely to return to baseline in the next cycle, but it’s too early to know for sure.

In particular, to reapply for the third law school, you need to show significant changes to your candidacy.

At the very least, you need to write a more compelling personal statement. There is no need to rewrite the essay, but admissions officers have access to previous applications and it seems lazy to recycle the same personal statement.

On the other hand, you don’t necessarily have to shake other materials such as testimonials, resumes, and optional essays.

However, unless you make a serious error in your application, changing your personal statement is unlikely to grow in scale.

To take a real shot, you need to combine a new personal statement with more specific changes to the candidate, such as new work experience and improved LSAT scores.

If you don’t expect a promotion in your current job, consider taking the time to gain legal experience as a paralegal or volunteer at a non-profit organization or government agency. It may help you finish your resume.

If you feel motivated and capable of retaking the LSAT, your 170s scores will be of great help to the prestigious schools you are targeting. In many higher law schools, the median LSAT score of enrolled students has increased in recent years. When LSAT first came online in 2020, an unusually large number of test takers achieved scores in the 170s. This temporary surge has made it more difficult than ever to enroll in top schools with LSAT scores in the 160s.

At many top law schools, such as Harvard Law School, applicants can apply up to a total of three times. So you can reapply it again, but you need to count the last shot.

You don’t want to put all your eggs in just a few baskets, especially if some law schools, such as Yale Law School and Stanford Law School, have very few classes. Even applicants with prestigious honors such as Rhodes and Marshall scholarships are routinely rejected by their best law schools.

Fortunately, you don’t just have to aim for the best goals. You don’t have to go to a prestigious law school to have a very successful career. Instead of sticking to some dream schools, take a look at some other highly regarded law schools that may be a little easier to reach.