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How to Get Into Law School

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Although it can feel like an overwhelming process, the following will break down the steps you need to take to get into law school.
Time Required: 4+ years

Here's How:

  1. Go to college.

    All law schools require entering students to hold a bachelor's degree. You should attend the best college you can attend and earn the highest grades possible as your GPA will be one of the two most important factors in your application, but you don't have to major in prelaw.

    Read more about choosing your undergraduate major and courses and also about a timeline for how you can best prepare for law school during undergrad.

  2. Take the LSAT.

    The second of the two most important factors in your law school application is your LSAT score. If you're currently in college, the summer after your junior year or the fall of your senior year is the best time to take the LSAT; if you are no longer in school, take it the summer or fall before the fall during which you would start law school.

    Prepare well, and be sure to read up on how schools handle multiple LSAT scores before you decide to retake the LSAT.

    You should also register with LSDAS at this time.

  3. Choose where you're going to apply.

    When deciding where to apply to law school, there are many factors you should consider. You should also think about visiting schools that interest you -- and pay at least some attention to law school rankings.

  4. Write your personal statement.

    Your LSAT score and GPA are the two most important factors in your application, and your personal statement comes in third. Start by brainstorming with some writing prompts and get writing!

    Follow these tips for writing a great personal statement, being sure to avoid certain topics and common mistakes.

  5. Finish your applications well in advance of the deadline.

    Make sure you ask for recommendations early enough to give your referees plenty of time to write outstanding letters. Also, write any additional statements such as a "Why X" Law School Statement and/or an addendum. Request transcripts, and make sure everything the law schools want in your application file is in there -- well in advance of the deadline.

    Once you have completed all the above steps in an orderly fashion, you can be confident that you have maximized your chances of getting into law school. Good luck!

Tips:

  1. Start preparing for applying to law school as soon as you've decided to do so.
  2. Don't wait until the last minute to send in applications as many schools have rolling admissions policies, which means they accept students throughout the admissions process.
  3. Have someone with a good eye for detail proofread your application packet, especially your personal statement.
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