Applying to Law Schools

There are many components and factors to consider when applying to law schools. Explore center advisor and career services staff are here to help you with every step- from researching schools to preparing for interviews.

Timeline for Applying to Law School

Researching Law Schools

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Start researching possible law schools early. Consider how each law school will be able to help you develop your specific interests, talents, and career goals. Some questions to consider:

  • What is the average GPA and entrance exam score of accepted applicants?
  • What was their acceptance rate for the most recent year? (number of acceptances vs. number of applications)
  • Do they accept out of state applicants? Do they accept international students?
  • How many/what kind of letters of recommendation do they need?
  • What are the preference factors in admission? (state of residence, mission statement, etc.)
  • What is the cost of application?
  • What is the cost of tuition?
  • What financial aid or scholarships are available?
  • What is their employment or placement rate?
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Letters of Recommendation

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Some law schools will require letters of recommendation, some will not, and some will offer you the option of having letters submitted on your behalf. You should check with the schools you are applying to in order to confirm if letters are required and if so, how many.

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Personal Statements

Advising students

Professional schools generally require applicants to write a personal statement or essay, either as part of, or in addition to, their application. Typically, a personal statement gives you the opportunity to make an impression on an admissions officer or committee by describing the personal significance of your experiences, rather than merely summarizing course work, previous jobs, and related experience.

The presentation below explores the components of writing effective professional school essays including information concerning:

  • Purpose of the essay
  • Maximizing communication
  • Addendums
  • Special considerations
  • Themes
  • Suggestions for getting started
  • Helpful resources
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Preparing for Entrance Exams

Advising Students

Law schools require students complete the law school admission test (LSAT).

The presentation below outlines options and recommendations for preparing for entrance exams including information concerning:

  • The completion of content related course work
  • Practice exams or prep courses
  • Suggested study methods
  • Timing
  • Helpful resources
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