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*General Pre-Law Advice:
Admission to Law School:
The two most important factors determining your admission to law school are your GPA and your score on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). If you plan to attend law school, you should devote yourself to doing well in your undergraduate course work from the outset. You also will need to prepare diligently for the LSAT. (See LSAT below.)
Preparation is essential to doing well on the LSAT. You should begin by becoming familiar with the instructions for the test and studying the descriptions of the types of questions in the Law School Admission Information Book. This book is available from the Pre-Law Advisor. You should then decide what additional preparation is necessary. Preparation materials are available from the Law School Admission Council. These materials can be ordered through the Law School Admission Information Book or online at www.lsac.org. In addition to the materials available through the Law School Admission Council, you can acquire LSAT preparation manuals from most good bookstores.
After studying these materials, you should take and score several practice tests to determine your strengths and weaknesses. It is important to simulate the actual time constraint in taking the practice tests in order to appreciate the amount of time that you will have to answer individual questions and to complete the test’s writing sample. Additionally, there are commercial preparatory courses available. Although not all students rely on commercial preparatory courses, some students find commercial preparatory courses helpful. Regardless of your preparation strategy, you should plan to take the LSAT approximately one year before you plan to begin matriculation with a law school. The LSAT is administered four times each year. For many students, the June administration of the LSAT is an optimal time to take the LSAT, since many students are not taking course work and can concentrate on preparing for the test.
You must register to take the LSAT. You can register on line at www.lsac.org, by phone, or by picking up a hard-copy of the LSAT registration booklet from the Pre-Law Advisor, Professor Kenyon Bunch. It is important to register early to insure that you can select a convenient testing location.
Applying to Law Schools:
To apply to law schools, you will need to register with the Credential Assembly Service (LSDAS). You may register for this service when you register for the LSAT, although this is not required. The LSDAS will compile information—academic and biographical, as well as your LSAT score—that you need to apply to law schools. Application to Law School requires timely completion of the application process. You should create a checklist of the tasks to be completed and the due dates, particularly if you are applying to more than one law school. Be certain to allow persons recommending you for admission to law school sufficient time to complete a recommendation letter. Last minute requests leave a bad impression about eligibility for the study of law.
Choosing a Law School:
The Law School Admission Council recommends that when selecting law schools to which you will apply, you should “dream a little, be realistic and be safe.” That is, you should consider applying to some schools that appear to be nearly out of your grasp, several schools where you appear competitive for admission and some schools where your admission appears nearly certain. You should check the admission profiles of the law schools under consideration to determine your competitiveness at these schools. These profiles consist of grids that indicate the number of applicants with particular LSAT scores and GPAs who were admitted in the most recent admission year. Be aware, however, that law schools consider factors beyond LSAT scores and GPAs in making admission decisions. For additional information about choosing law schools visit the Law School Admission Council website at www.lsac.org.
*The advice above does not guarantee success in preparing for admission to law school. The responsibility for these endeavors rests with each person interested in law school matriculation.