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How To Get Into The Top Law Schools (Revised) [Paperback]

Richard Montauk J.D.
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June 1, 2004 0735203768 978-0735203761 Revised
Richard Montauk, a savvy admissions insider who is also a lawyer, demystifies the entire law school application process and provides the targeted tools to ace every step. Based on interviews with dozens of admissions officers, this newly revised edition of How to Get into the Top Law Schools offers an in-depth and candid view of what leading law schools look for in an applicant-giving applicants solid, detailed advice on how to assess and upgrade their credentials to better match that ideal profile.

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Richard Montauk is the author of How to Get into the Top MBA Programs as well as the founder and president of Degree of Difference, a firm that has helped thousands of applicants get into the world's top law and business schools. He received a B.A. from Brown University, a M.S. in Finance, and a J.D. from Stanford University. He formerly worked as a corporate lawyer for Latham & Watkins, then as a corporate strategy consultant for Bain & Co.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; Revised edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735203768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735203761
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Montauk, author of How to Get into the Top Law Schools and How
to Get into the Top Colleges, is the founder and president of Degree of Difference, a firm specializing in the admissions process for leading professional institutions. He divides his time between Boston and London.

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch info on the law school admission process August 20, 2001
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Applying to law schools can be a mysterious and daunting task. There are rankings, scores, essays, recommendations and numerous human factors involved. Sometimes the steps seem pointless and the decisions appear arbitrary. With this book, Montauk attempts to take some of that mystery out of the process by providing concrete information on what the schools are looking for and specific advice on how to give yourself the best chance possible. He succeeds admirably.
I found the most valuable feature of the book to be the quotes from law school admission staff members at various schools. Virtually every topic includes input from admissions counselors and directors. And these aren't people from "Joe's J.D. Mill." They work at the top law schools in the nation. These are the people who make the decisions about who gets in to a top school and who doesn't. Their candid advice is invaluable.
As a whole, the book is well-written and informative. Some portions may be redundant to people who have already done a significant amount of research on law schools and the admission process. But it's all good information and it's useful to have it in one place.
While I don't recommend using this book as your sole source of advice, it's a fabulous starting point. If you're serious about going to law school, buy this book. It's well worth the price.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I discovered this book last summer when I first decided to put myself through the law school application process (again). What a find! I only wish I had had it the first time around. There are so many little nuggets of advice that are useful to those applying to top 20 law schools. The emphasis on the importance of the LSAT cannot be missed. There's also a great section on how to get the best letters of recommendation from profs (although the sample letter Montauk includes seems a little unrealistic--it's almost four pages long). Also, don't worry if your resume isn't as solid as some of the sample ones included--those people are NOT your typical law school applicants.
Montauk does a thorough job of going through every aspect of the law school admissions process, including the most important one: Is law school right for you? The first chapter is invaluable in evaluatng whether you're making the right choice for yourself, since law school is a costly commitment (time, effort and money-wise). There are also countless data tables that examine statistics for each law school and a great chapter on law school rankings.
Overall, I would say that this book is worth every penny for those applying to top law schools (for those who are looking outside of the top tier, I would be more hesitant to recommend it since the data he includes is restricted primarily to top 20 schools).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on the Subject October 12, 2005
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This is the only book you will need to help you apply to law school. The author covers everything from personal statements to Loan repayment programs at top schools. The author focus on top twenty schools but the information should be helpful to anyone. The best part is hundreds of quotes on all subjects directly from the deans of admissions at top schools. It includes quotes from the deans at every school in the top 15 in the U.S. News and world report rankings and a number of other institutions including Boston College, George Washington, USC, UCLA, and Boston University. This is particularly helpful if you are targeting one of these top schools. There are executive summaries at the end of the chapters if you don't have time to read the entire book. This work will help anyone taking the application process seriously to maximize their chances of getting into the best school they can.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Read for Serious Law Applicants January 21, 2003
By JWE055
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I have spent a good deal of time wading through law school admissions guides. Too often, they are insufficiently researched and unscientific. Making generalizations about law school, admissions, and the legal profession can be tricky business, and Mr. Montauk recognizes this from the outset. This is not simply the view of one corporate lawyer, or law student, but instead a comprehensive analysis, informed by the experiences of law school professionals from every geographic region in America. He presents compelling strategies for marketing, based on the preconceptions (or prejudices, if you will) of law school admissions officers. He breaks down the process, and shows you the priorities and challenges faced by those who will determine your admissions fate. Understanding their perspective allows you to fashion the application accordingly, and offset the critiques that will be leveled against you during the decision-making process.
Mr. Montauk, of course, has his own opinions and presents them boldly. He begins the text with a discussion of the question, "why law?" He cites the undeniably large degree of dissatisfaction among attorneys, and draws some conclusions as to why this is so. Inexperienced undergraduates, he suggests, often make poor choices, and select law for naďve and psychologically self-serving reasons. He advocates working after college, in order to bolster experience and maturity. The point is well taken, but nonetheless one-dimensional. The undergraduate transcript is less significant for older applicants, which can put high college achievers at a competitive disadvantage. Also, for those of us who cannot benefit from the contacts and connections of an ivy-league degree, finding impressive employment immediately following college can be extremely difficult. These qualms aside, this is a phenomenal book. It is a must-read for ALL serious law applicants, whether they are Harvard-bound or not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just got accepted to MY Top Law School!
The advice found in this book is invaluable. If you are applying to law school, do not let your application suffer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Most of the work to get into law school is done in college and on the...
This book is nice. It goes through all the different areas that law schools focus on when looking at an application. GPA? Check. LSAT score? Check. Application packet? Check. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DSeverance
4.0 out of 5 stars Law book
I bought it for my daughter to help her decide if she wanted to go to law school. It did just that. It was very informative. Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Sovereign
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Honest Book on the Market
As other reviewers mentioned, Montauk's book is the most complete tome on the subject of law school admissions to date. It's also very honest. Read more
Published on May 21, 2007 by Top Law School Student
5.0 out of 5 stars kla
Richard Mountauk's guide on "How to Get Into the Top Law Schools" is a thorough, comprehensive, candid, and convenient must have for anyone considering law school. Read more
Published on May 4, 2007 by kla
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guidance
This book has served as a valuable guide through my undergraduate years. I purchased the first book before my sophomore year of college, and I believe the knowledge I gained has... Read more
Published on October 23, 2006 by Melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Oh thanksgiving day, I am thankful for this book and the great help it was for me during the past year. Read more
Published on November 27, 2005 by A. Bilal
4.0 out of 5 stars best for people who are still deciding whether to apply
This book certainly has some helpful information, but the author spends a good bit of time trying to help the reader make sure that he/she wants to go to law school and wants to be... Read more
Published on September 24, 2005 by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The book does what it says
This is a book about how to get into top law schools. It really was helpful in learning about how the top law schools differ from each other, and it also teaches you what to look... Read more
Published on March 3, 2005 by Andrew P. Boysen
1.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for a select few
Don't let this book scare you away from going to law school. Montauk suggests a JD will only be helpful for a career in law, yet he is now a consultant. Read more
Published on February 5, 2005 by Gordon
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