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Hello everyone,

I am a mature student who has over 7 years of professional experience and in the process of applying to law school this year. I need advice on applying as a mature student. Is there any advice on how to make my application stand out as I am told that my application will be competing with other mature student application and not students with a degree applying from university. I work as a law clerk and so I plan on using my firm as one reference. We had a student intern for the summer at our firm that I was thinking of using as my second reference. She just finished law school and will be taking the bar this june. Should I use the student or get my second reference from another law firm who I have worked with for many years? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know I should be aiming for a high lsat mark but aside from that is there any other areas I should focus on in my application? Any ideas will help. Thanks!

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I believe for mature applicants quite a few (or maybe most) law schools require at least one academic reference which is better from a professor whose class you took or who knew your academic performance well. So you probably need to attain at least one such reference rather than both from professional references.

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4 hours ago, huskybins said:

I believe for mature applicants quite a few (or maybe most) law schools require at least one academic reference which is better from a professor whose class you took or who knew your academic performance well. 

For what it's worth, I got accepted to Osgoode as a law clerk with no academic reference whatsoever (I am a mature student and have never been to university).  I had three references from lawyers at the firm I work at.

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Thanks for your response. I didn't think I would need an academic reference since the requirement for mature students doesn't assume that you completed or even attended University.Thats amazing. I prefer the lawyers references anyways as that would hopefully give the admissions team a good idea of my character and skill set. Can I ask, what did you get on your LSAT? I am writing in July and really nervous as I know I should aim for a high mark.

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On 5/26/2019 at 10:23 AM, S90 said:

Can I ask, what did you get on your LSAT? I am writing in July and really nervous as I know I should aim for a high mark.

Sure, I got a 163! :-)

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I wouldn't use a student as a reference.

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