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Gourmet Cook, Soprano in the Church Choir, or Little League Coach: Which Extracurricular Activities Get You Into Law School?

So you've taken the LSAT, computed your GPA, and started working on your law school personal statement. That's all good. But as you are filling in your application, you realize that you haven't yet completed the section on "extracurricular activities." You realize with a sinking feeling that since you've entered college, all you've been doing is studying and working. You don't have extracurricular activities. Or, you have the opposite problem - you've done everything in the world on campus except study. How do you answer this question? Well, regardless of whether you have no outside interests, or a thousand different hobbies, the law school admissions committee is looking for certain qualities when they ask this question. Here are some do's and don'ts for this part of your law school application:

What if you really and truly have no extracurricular activities or interests? Well, if you are reading this far enough in advance, you can always start now. Volunteer opportunities are around every corner in every community. Choose something near and dear to your heart, and make a commitment to it. Admissions committees want to know that the people they are admitting to their school are community and civic minded people who value time as much as money, and are willing to give generously to their community.

Still not sure what you extracurricular activities and interests you should or shouldn't include on your application and personal statement? Accepted.com can help! Our staff of experienced editors can guide you along the way, offering sound advice as you work your way through the application maze.

By Catherine Cook
Accepted.com Editor

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