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Preparing for Law School
Take college courses that develop your analytical skills. The LSAT is the most important component of the law school application (college GPA is also important), and so you should take courses that require you to read extensively, to think logically, critically, and analytically, and to share your thoughts and ideas in both written and spoken English. The LSAT includes three types of questions:
- Reading Comprehension
- Analytical Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
Begin the law school application process early.
- If you would like to attend law school immediately after graduating from college, then you should begin preparing by the spring semester of your junior year.
- You should aim to take the LSAT during the summer before your senior year (June), or in September/October of your senior year.
- Your applications should be submitted before Thanksgiving of your senior year.
- However, consider taking a year off between college and law school.
Get familiar with the application process.
- Go to www.lsac.org to learn about the application process and get free LSAT prep materials. Create an LSAC account.
- Register and prepare for the LSAT.
- Research law schools: Rank? Geography? Cost?
- Pay for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS); see www.lsac.org
- Request all required transcripts (sent directly from institution to LSAC)
- Request letters of recommendation (submitted through LSAC)
- Apply to law schools online through LSAC
Focus on the LSAT. Decide when you want to take the LSAT and then give yourself 4 months to study. Treat it like a college course: Follow a disciplined schedule of studying several hours per week, with an emphasis on timed practice exams (and go over explanations for all questions you get wrong). Get help:
- Purchase study materials on amazon, and/or
- Enroll in an in-person prep course, or
- Enroll in an online prep course
- Note that RU offers an award to fund prep courses
Personal Statements. These vary slightly by law school (word count, question prompt, and so on), but they’re generally designed to elicit the following from you: (1) Who are you? What is something that’s interesting/unique about you and your life experiences? Tell your story. (2) How might the above relate to your desire to attend law school? Connect your story to your goal of attending law school.
- Outline your personal statement, ensuring that it is organized and it flows.
- Write multiple drafts, ask professors to read/comment, and then revise.
Financing a Legal Education. It is common for students to graduate from law school with a large amount of debt, and students should consider this carefully when deciding whether to attend law school. An organization called Access Group has a website with a great deal of helpful information, including an instructive pamphlet entitled “Financing Your Legal Education.”