I hate information hoarders. I’m sure you’ve met them, those people who have the information that could help you be successful or, at the very least, prevent you from wasting time reinventing the wheel, and yet they would rather watch you fail than offer that information up. To me, that is the mark of an insecure and ineffective person. People who are confident in their abilities are willing to share information, because they know that it doesn’t hurt them to do so. That it does, in fact, help make themselves and the person they share the information with better. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog and it’s why I love the idea behind this week’s book.
That book is The Best Book on Law School Admissions for Military Veterans. Officially published by Warriors2Scholars, the book is authored by a former Marine Corps Infantry Captain and Princeton graduate, who is about to begin a dual Law/MBA program at Yale and Stanford, respectively. The book is written with all the insider knowledge of someone who has been there before and who wants to help his fellow veterans get there as well.
The book starts with a candid overview of what goes into choosing to leave the military and apply to law school, the pros and cons of that choice, and a few realities about what becoming a lawyer can and can’t do for your post-military life. This reality check is followed by particulars about what to expect in the application process. The book breaks out the six basic parts of the application, covering them in detail and giving recommendations about what to focus on in each section. It then touches on admissions deadlines and how to leverage those to your advantage.
It doesn’t stop there, though. Instead, it goes into resources (books and blogs and buddies) and how to study for the LSAT. And, of course, what sets it apart from other law school admission books is that it explains how your military service plays into the application process and specific items that you, as a veteran, should consider. For example, how to approach getting your letters of recommendation and what you can do to make the task easier for your recommender and, ultimately, increase your chances of acceptance.
I have no intention of applying to law school, but the book left me feeling that, if I decided to, I would know exactly how to go about it. It thoroughly covers the process, without being dense or difficult to follow, and gives you a great roadmap for how to successfully navigate it. It also points you in the direction of more resources, including some you may not have thought of. And, being the former Intel weenie that I am, I looked at several of those resources and even found a few of my own to doublecheck the validity of the info in The Best Book on Law School Admissions for Military Veterans and every source I found backs up what’s in this book.
Now, there's only one little thing I need to warn you about. The book refers often to the Warriors2Scholars website. However, Warriors2Scholars is still in the development phase, so the website isn’t up and running yet. Their e-mail does work, though, and the author responded very quickly to my inquiries about the book, including offering to assist me if I was interested in applying to law school myself. He also gave me some information on what Warriors2Scholars has planned and it sounds pretty exciting to me. I’ll be sure to update this post when it launches, so you can take advantage of all the good stuff they are going to be offering to vets looking to transition into education.
In the meantime, you can get your copy of The Best Book on Law School Admissions for Military Veterans here.
Update 5/1/2015: I was just notified tonight that the links for the book and for Warriors2Scholars are defunct. I contacted the author and he informed that he had formed a partnership with Service to School and they would be releasing The Best Book on Law School Admissions for Military Veterans and his other books under their name. Please check them out, as they have a lot of great information on this and other admissions topics.
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