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Law School Requirements

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If you're thinking of attending law school, you should be concerned about what requirements you'll need to even apply.

While each law school has its own criteria, there are some important factors that every school requires; these are outlined below, along with other items you should strongly consider including in your application packet even if they aren't required.

1. Undergraduate Degree

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While law schools generally don't require any specific undergraduate degree, you will be required to have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Most schools require an official undergraduate transcript as proof of your degree.

2. LSAT Score

Law schools desired LSAT score ranges vary, but one thing is for sure: you will have to take the LSAT in order to be accepted to law school. Depending on what time of year you apply, there may be a particular LSAT administration that a school recommends, so you may want to check on that.

Also, if you're not sure how your target law school handles multiple LSAT scores, be sure to ask the admissions office for clarification.

3. Personal Statement

The vast majority of ABA-accredited law schools will require you to submit a personal statement with your application; there are exceptions, but in any event, it's in your best interest to take advantage of this opportunity to "speak" to the admissions committee about your personality or other characteristics that don't come through your application otherwise and that can help convince them that you are a qualified candidate.

4. Recommendations

Again, most ABA-accredited law schools require at least one recommendation, but there are some schools who don't require any. That said, recommendations usually help rather than a hurt an application, so if you can get a great one from someone you respect, go for it even if it's not technically required.

5. Other Types of Essays

Essays such as diversity statements are generally not required of candidates, but you are highly advised to submit them if you qualify for writing one. Keep in mind that diversity isn't necessarily limited to race or ethnicity either -- for example, if you are the first person in your family who will attend graduate school and you put yourself through undergrad financially, you might consider writing a diversity statement.

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