Applying to Law School

Things to Know

1. Do Your Research

Law School Admissions Council (www.lsac.org), provides information on each of the American Bar Association-approved law schools, including 25th and 75th percentiles of LSAT scores and GPAs. Includes information on the law school admission process.
www.napla.org [pre-law guide]

2. Know Admissions Criteria

In order of importance, admissions officers consider: LSAT score; undergraduate G.P.A.; and then your Personal Statement.

3. Preparing For the LSAT

Start approximately 9 to 12 months prior to when you wish to take the test; start with the
low-expense options (review book; practice exams; etc), then, if needed, pursue more focused (and pricey) options.

4. Write Your Personal Statement

For guidance, see the pre-law guide at www.napla.org. Or the Guide to Personal Statement (134kB).

5. Addendums

Use these to offer explanations (not excuses or apologies); full disclosure is advised!

6. Letters of Recommendation

a) should be sought by faculty who KNOW you;
b) provide the following information: the specific classes/semesters in which you were their student; a brief resume;
a deadline; instructions for mailing the letter.

7. Apply for Financial Aid

For general information, visit "Financing Law School" section (www.lsac.org).

Important Links

Here are helpful resources as you consider applying to law school.