Patrice explicitly says, "Maybe you think having some smart-sounding extracurricular on your resume will appeal to law school admissions. Unfortunately, this is not college."Here you can read his raw analysis of what your gameplan has to be to take this key first step on a legal-sector career path.
In other fields, it's also essential to, from the get-go, understand what constitutes a prerequisite and what will provide an edge. That reality check prevents magical thinking about what will move you from Point A to Point B in your gameplan.
Understanding the prerequisite is the easy part. It's binary: Either, for instance, you have a very high LSAT or you don't. If the latter, re-think a career path in law.
The challenge is figuring out an edge, acquiring it, and being alert to when it, well, loses its edge. There's more on this. What's an edge today could be a liability in two months. Suppose, for example, you were a communications vendor serving Sheldon Silver. Currently, you might have to figure out how to keep that under wraps.
The raw necessity of having the right edge is nothing new. When media tycoon and current head of Fox Entertainment Rupert Murdoch was studying at Oxford, game theory dominated mindsets. A game-theory fundamental is that you never approach your goal in a vacuum. Instead you must factor in what the competition might be planning and then create counter strategies and tactics. Yes, the game is determined by those other moves and how well you present the edge you have which they don't. A useful read is "Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction" by Ken Binmore. Here you can order it from Amazon.com.
In the law-admission game, again, a very high LSAT score is price of entry. That's comparable to a basic level of competency in scriptwriting as the price of entry in applying for an assignment or a job. So, what can give you the edge in being admitted? Although the law-school admission process differs from the undergraduate one, some common factors still figure in. They range from providing diversity to the class to extraordinary accomplishments.
I have a hunch I was admitted to Harvard Law School because I was atypical: Older than average student, great career in corporate communications including regulatory issues, and childhood in poverty (mom was the cleaning woman in my high school). But, you bet, I aced the LSAT. My GPAs in undergraduate and graduate schools were also outstanding.
Once in an elite law school, high grades are the price of entry to shots at lucrative jobs and prestigious clerk-ships. That's documented by Sara Silverstein and Alex Kuzoram. Here you can view the evidence published in Business Insider.
Reflection: The irony is that chasing an edge can distract from putting together the price of entry.