The Brief
A Blog about the LSAT, Law School and Beyond

A lot of people treat their law school applications like a long-distance race: they lope along, fiddling with their essays, and then sprint at the end.

These applicants have it backwards. You should sprint at the beginning, drafting your personal statement and other essays quickly, then slow down at the end. Why? Because you have nothing to lose but time at the beginning; you have everything to lose at the end.
Continue reading

Featured image: Last-Minute-Tips

Comment on this

On today's episode, J.Y. speaks with international student Grey Warden who scored a 170 on her LSAT.

Continue reading


Comment on this

On today's episode, David asks Selene, a former admissions officer, about what happens behind the scenes at the law school admissions process.

Continue reading


Comment on this

Law school personal statements matter for all applicants, but they matter most for applicants who look like toss-ups based on their GPAs and LSAT scores. We call such applicants splitters. The term usually refers to students with below-median GPAs and above-median LSAT scores, but in this post, we also mean the reverse: students with below-median LSAT scores and above-median GPAs. Admissions committees scrutinize the written material of splitters carefully because they can’t make a decision based on numbers alone.

In this post, we’ve rounded up five spectacular personal statements that helped splitters get into a T14 school. You’ll find these examples to be as various as a typical JD class. Some essays are about a challenge, some about the evolution of the author’s intellectual or professional journey, and some about the author’s identity. The only common thread is sincerity. The authors did not write toward an imagined idea of what an admissions officer might be looking for: they reckoned honestly with formative experiences.

Continue reading

Featured image: Desk Essay

1 comment

On today's episode, J.Y. Ping invites six 7Sagers who all scored a 170 or higher to tell you what they did in the week before the LSAT.

Continue reading


Comment on this

On today's episode, J.Y. Ping and David Busis talk about how to present the best version of yourself and maximize your chances of getting into law school.

Continue reading


Comment on this

On today's episode, you will hear a law school admissions Q&A with our admissions consultant, David Busis.
Continue reading


Comment on this

What follows is one of the best and most honest personal statements we’ve ever seen. It’s worth reading as both a model of the genre and an essay that stands on its own. The writer was accepted to many top law schools and matriculated at Columbia.

Continue reading


2 comments

On today's episode, J.Y. speaks with Allison Sanford who is a 3L at Harvard Law School. Allison talks about her summer experiences at public interest law firms, the financial realities of law school, and the academic burdens of 1L.
Continue reading


Comment on this

On today's episode, J.Y. speaks with Glen, LSATcantwin, who scored a 171 on the LSAT and is now a 1L.

Continue reading


Comment on this