Imagine this: You really want to go to one particular law school. Sometimes, life happens and a deadline is missed. In this case, that one school you want to attend has an early-decision deadline that has passed. What do you do? It is kind of hard to argue how badly you wanted to attend that school when you’ve already missed the first deadline. How do you convince them that your interest is genuine? Don’t fret. All is not lost.
According to the U.S. News Law School Q&A, there are two ways to convey interest. First, communicate it on your personal statement. Place at least one personalized paragraph about the school in your statement. Talk about clinics. Speak of professors. Tout their extracurricular activities and how they align with your personal and professional goals. If you want to go even further, you could throw a Hail Mary and insert a statement saying you will absolutely attend if admitted. Obviously, only say this if it is true.
Another way to communicate this desire is to add a separate stand-alone declaration of why this specific school is the one for you. Essentially, it is a logical love letter to this school describing why you should join in holy matrimony for the next three years.
Here’s another situation to consider. You took the October LSAT. It went well but not great. You decide to take the December or February tests because, YOLO, right? Right. You knock it out of the park. But you already submitted apps for the early-decision deadline. You could simply send the scores and hope for the best. Or you could write another addendum explaining why the school should consider your second score over your first.
Happy late application season!
Source: U.S. News
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