Law School Admissions Season Kickoff: How Two Students Got Into Top Schools

Law School Admissions Season Kickoff: How Two Students Got Into Top Schools

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It’s September, the beginning of the law school admissions season. Branden & Jelena kick off this anxiety-filled time of year by inviting two current law students to share their application stories and advice to applicants. A UCLA 2L and Georgetown 1L, respectively, our guests had completely different admissions season experiences, and you can learn from both.

Listen to find out . . .

  1. What it’s like to spend months on Georgetown’s waitlist & start law school elsewhere before finally getting the acceptance call
  2. What’s more important than ranking when choosing a law school
  3. How two successful applicants each wrote their personal statements, using two completely different approaches
  4. What to do to update your resume & find new things to mention in letters of continuing interest, when COVID-19 won’t let you work in a law office
  5. Why one of the most common pieces of law school advice, “your interests will change after your 1L year,” really did hold true for our UCLA 2L guest
  6. How (strange but true!) the admissions process will put you where you’re supposed to be for the next three years . . . even if it’s a bumpy ride to get there

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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