Law School Applications 101

Law School Applications 101

An overview of the law school application process, including all the components of a successful application.

Show notes

Continuing their admissions season coverage, Branden & Jelena demystify the process of applying to law school and walk you through all the components of a successful application.

If you’re just starting the applications process or wondering what it takes to apply to law school, this episode is for you. And if you’re staring at a nearly-complete application and just can’t crack that personal statement, this episode is also for you.

Listen to learn…

  1. What “rolling admissions” really means to you
  2. Whether you should consider binding early decision programs
  3. The secrets of the mysterious “academic index”
  4. Why your LSAT score matters more than your GPA
  5. How to choose a personal statement topic
  6. When to submit an addendum
  7. Whether or not you should write a diversity statement
  8. When you should expect to start hearing back from law schools after you apply
  9. ….and the one bad habit you should NOT develop after applying (but probably will)

Links and further resources from from this week’s episode:

Credential Assembly Service FAQ from LSAC:

Track All Your Applications in One Place (Careful! Habit-forming!)

Browse Law School Medians (LSAT/GPA):

"33 Common LSAT Flaws", Available Now in Paperback & Kindle Formats:

Start Your LSATMax Free Trial:

Start Your 1L Free Trial Now:

Start Your BarMax Free Trial Now:


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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