Optional Essays: Do They Help Your Law School Application?

Optional Essays: Do They Help Your Law School Application?

Jelena & Branden dive into the parts of your law school application that you don’t actually have to do (but maybe you should).

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Jelena & Branden dive into the parts of your law school application that you don’t actually have to do (but maybe you should).

From diversity statements to addenda to those weird Georgetown 250-word mini-essay prompts, it’s all here.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. Why not all diverse applicants should write a diversity statement
  2. When an addendum can help, and when it would do more harm than good
  3. How admissions departments may be using extra essay prompts to trap you into revealing poor judgment or deficient writing skills
  4. How your diversity statement should differ from your personal statement
  5. Why you shouldn’t write any essay you don’t feel strongly about (except the mandatory ones!)
  6. . . . and more!

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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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