Yes, as you can see, it has been quite some time since the UHLC Admissions Blog has been “active.” The Office of Admissions extends apology and promises to be better, promises to provide you more and promises to not let months go by without a single solitary post. Thus, if you’ve read this far in the post, we’ll assume that our apology has been received as sincere and earnest and that you, as are we, are excited about the new activity you will roll out on the admissions blog!
After spending some time talking to applicants about the different parts of the application, I felt it necessary to highlight an oft missed part of the application. What I will discuss herein is the “little things.” What are the little things? The little things are those things that fall outside of the “Big 6” – application, personal statement, resume, LSAT Scores, GPA breakdown & Letters of Recommendation – more specifically, the formatting of the resume and personal statement, review of the information submitted on the application and providing a pre-addressed and stamped envelope to your recommender.
I raise the issue of the little things because with little effort and attention to these small details, you, the applicant, can affect change in the review of your materials. Granted these are not things that will make or break a decision, but they are important nonetheless.
1) The Application: DOes it dRive you crazy when you SEE FonT formatting issues? The Office of Admissions as well! While you may not be inputting the information into the E-APP available from LSAC, you are still responsible for it, take some time to review your application (for the umpteenth time) and make sure there were no funny formatting issues or abbreviations that LSAC placed within the application (extra credit to the commenter that can identify all of the issues in the first sentence). It’s the little things!
2) The Personal Statement: While the Office of Admissions consists of young, hip, and ironic staff members, we’re not that young, not that hip, and not that ironic (oh the irony). Keep this in mind when you’re thinking about using 8 point font, narrow margins and single spacing for your personal statement to get everything you want to say into the document. If you’re electing to pursue formatting versus editing, you may want to rethink that strategy. The easier the personal statement is to physically read, the more likely our committee members will be in a better/good mood while reading your application (versus a sour/foul mood). It’s the little things!
3) The Resume: While no specific recommendations for formatting the resume–our office sees all types–keep in mind the purpose of the resume and how it interacts with other parts of the application. Specifically, a purpose or objective statement is not necessary for inclusion when considering the other steps you have taken in the application process (we understand that you want to apply to/attend a top law school). It’s the little things!
4) The LSAT: take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations that you can expect at the test site. No one wants to be the person that has their cell phone ringing, on their person, in the middle of the test (LSAC especially). While a little time consuming to read all of the fine print, don’t be the person with a ringing cell phone. It’s the little things!
5) The GPA Breakdown: It can take some time for schools to process your transcript request. Give yourself, as well as the staff members you’re working with, PLENTY of time so that you don’t have to call and request any sort of extension beyond the Law Center’s posted deadlines. Expending energy on whether a transcript has posted to your LSAC account is the last thing you want. It’s the little things!
6) The Letters of Recommendation: Which option would you choose to help your cause to get the best letter of recommendation possible? A) Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr./Prof. X, we’ve known each other for Y years in the following capacities, a, b, c, & d. I respectfully request that you write a letter of recommendation in support of my dreams to attend law school. In order to make the process as easy as possible, I have included the necessary form (completed) as well as an envelope addressed to LSAC as well as stamped for the correct post amount. Thank you for all of your help! Signed, JQA (John/Jane Q. Applicant). B) Write me a letter of recommendation, send it here and I need it done like three days ago, Thanks Bye byee! If you selected B as your answer, I have to ask, do you really say “bye byee?” It’s the little things!
Don’t forget, it’s the little things and as always, we’re here to help! Know that you can always contact the UHLC Office of Admissions to answer any questions you may have! Best of luck as you craft and collect the documents for your application!