Law School Admissions

Law School Admissions

If you decide that law school is right for you, your pre-law adviser will help you through the application process.

It is recommended that you send your completed law school applications by November of your senior year, even if your chosen school has a later deadline. Applying early gives law schools maximum opportunity to consider your application, and gives you the best shot at receiving scarce financial aid dollars. (Most law school students finance their education through loans.)

Two of the biggest influences on the success of your application are your undergraduate grade-point average and your score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). You should prepare diligently for the LSAT and take it only once. Some law schools will average multiple LSAT scores, so taking one without preparation or "for practice" can hurt your chance for admission.

Letters of recommendation are almost always required for law school applicants. Get to know some of your professors well, so they can write a thoughtful, personal letter.

Personal statements usually are another component of the law school admissions packet. This is your opportunity to present your case for admission and detail the contributions you will bring to your law school class if admitted. Your pre-law adviser, academic adviser, or the Academic and Career Planning Center gladly will assist you with preparation of your statement.

For more information about the law school application process, visit the Law School Admissions Council's website. The LSAC represents 200 law schools in the United States and Canada.