I've been increasingly getting writer's block when sitting down to write for the blog, and realized recently that it might be because we've been blogging now for SEVEN YEARS and have already covered a lot of ground. In fact, I feel like it's time for me to move to another platform: I'm going to start Tweeting this fall. I'm not going to lie -- this terrifies me. I'm not good with change (I still used my yellow Sony sports walkman with mix tapes until about 2007, when my office staged an intervention and confiscated it and gave me an iPod nano) so it's going to take me a while to get up and running. I'm not abandoning the blog completely -- I'll be back from time to time -- but I'm hoping that the 140 character limit might entice me to offer some tips, tricks, and insight into the admissions process more frequently. Maybe I'll like it so much that I'll replace the 250-word essay with a 140-character one. In any case, you can follow me at @DeanAsha. Please be patient with me. And please follow me. Right now I only have four followers, one of whom is my former law school roommate (thanks, Jen!).
In the meantime, many of my older posts cover some of the questions we consistently get during our recruiting visits, so I thought it was worth a recap post highlighting some of the more pertinent ones to this time of year.
Of course as you prepare your Yale Law School applications you should review the P.S. Boot Camp series, which highlights some of the the things that are -- and are not -- typically successful in our admissions process. I also wrote an older post on personal statements generally, as well as one on common pitfalls in writing the 250-word essay. This post about how to format your application also ought to cover many of your questions. Finally, I've been told by applicants and admitted students that my posts about diversity and diversity statements were very helpful.
One of my favorite posts which I don't think gets a lot of traffic, but offers some insight into how different schools evaluate law school applications, is this collaborative effort between Yale and several peer schools to answer some freqeuently asked questions. The post takes you to appropriate areas of those schools' websites/blogs, so you can get a sense of how to tailor your application to specific schools.
As my reading load increases and the days start getting shorter (between November and March -- so pretty much most of admissions season), I get inspired to write my Bad Idea Jeans posts, which offer some honest advice, like the importance of proper punctuation and keeping your crazy under control in your application.
Finally, I would like to especially draw your attention to the posts about character and fitness, like this one and this one. (DO NOT LIE IN YOUR APPLICATION. Thx.)
I hope (notice I did not say "hopefully"!) that this will give you some entertaining, if not informative, reading to keep you occupied until you decide to submit your Yale Law School application (and until I can get this Tweeting thing down). Good luck -- we're as anxious to start filling the Class of 2018 as you are!