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Kristal Johnson is here to help!
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Dr. Koblasz and Mrs. Johnson discuss the questions they are most frequently asked, see if your questions are answered here. Still have questions? Call the office and make an appointment (407) 823-1670.
So you’re interested in law school…
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Path to Law School
The journey to law school admission is comprised of several layers. It is my hope that you will use the information here as you prepare yourself for the next level in higher learning and advancement.
Your grade point average plays an important role in law school admission. The GPA is a derivative, or an indicator as to how strongly you will perform in law school. It is a good idea to set your bar high so that you have a solid chance of gaining admission. Your GPA should surpass, or be greater than those that were admitted the year prior. If you know that you had a slow or challenging start, or a really difficult semester, you should provide context in relation to this in your application.
Writing and communication abilities are paramount so it would behoove you to develop and/or strengthen your aptitude therein. I encourage you to take courses that will hone in on these areas. You can also visit the University Writing Center for free consultations, seek tutoring, etc. Though your writing sample is not a part of your LSAT score, law schools use it in evaluating your application. Consider the profession you are pursuing—the legal sector values communication and writing; it is used to get the point across every day in the field. Writing and communication are collective forces—you need to be able to effectively articulate your point of view in any regard. You want all the layers of your application to speak for you, in your absence, and this includes your writing sample [as well as your personal statement]. Just the same that you will be conducting oral conversation instinctively as a professional, law schools desire to see how well you can convey your point of view in the midst of a controlled setting (while taking the LSAT).
Lastly, build your resume and application around your skills and values, those that are commendable to law schools. For example, you should sharpen your proficiency in problem-solving, critical thinking and reading, research, writing, listening, oral communication, service, leadership, networking/relationship-building, organization, management, contextual knowledge, endorsement of justice, and an exposure to the law. Spend time in curricular and extracurricular environments that will take you outside the box, out of your comfort zone, and elevate your thinking.
All of the aforementioned statements will serve as your solid foundation, providing you with an advantage as you enter law school, making you well-prepared for the journey ahead.
KRISTAL CLEAR ADVICE ADVISING BLOG
You may have heard the term, “spring cleaning.” Well, it’s that time of year, time for some spring cleaning! I’m not referring to your car, dorm room or your house; I mean it’s time to spring clean your thoughts. Sometimes we get ourselves into the habit of thinking negative thoughts. Whether those are thoughts of entitlement, inadequacy, or discontent—all of these thoughts have a negative impact on not only your academic performance, but can diffuse in to all areas of your life. Those negative thoughts can become words, words can become actions, and actions can then become a way of life/habits. Habits, though familiar can be damaging, even toxic. I challenge you to clean up the old way of thinking this spring, and start thinking positive thoughts. Time for some reassessment, rearrangement, in the same way that you clean and declutter your room. You can’t control what happens in your life but you can control how you react, and sometimes responding with a positive attitude can change the entire situation. We know misery loves company but it’s time to change that this semester and make it the best semester yet, starting with your thoughts.
Raising the Bar
As an academic advisor, the biggest question I get is “when can I graduate.” I completely understand the importance of completing your degree and defend the notion that at UCF, U CAN FINISH. However, what then, what comes next after that? The other probing question I get is about the LSAT. I also completely understand that as many of my students wish to go to law school so the relationship between the two variables is implied.