Everything You Need To Know About Applying To Law School
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Everything You Need To Know About Applying To Law School
Pre-Law Advising Office Office of Undergraduate EducationEverything You Need To Know About Applying To Law School
1Things to Think About: Why do you want to go to Law School? (pros and cons) Do you truly understand what it means to be a lawyer and go to law school? (Have you talked to lawyers? Had any experience in a law firm?) Have you thought about taking time off between Tufts and Law School?Some schools appreciate that you have taken time off (Northwestern, Harvard) Application Process LSATTranscriptsLetters of RecommendationPersonal Statement/Diversity StatementResume
Items I am going to review in this part of the presentation 3Application Process Timeline Early September Applications Open
September-Thanksgiving: Work on Applications and Submit
December-April: Wait on decisionsItems I am going to review in this part of the presentation 4Where to Start: First StepVisit LSAC.org and create an accountMore than 200 law schools in the US and Canada use this online system to administer the law school application processAlso provides resources such as law school locators, FAQs and additional resources for the application process
Once you decided that you are sure that you want to go to Law school, the first step is to sign up for an LSAC account. This is what you are going to need to sign up for the LSAT and CAS which I will go into further in the presentation 5
Credential Assembly ServiceCentral Application Service for applying to Law SchoolsCan sign up through the LSAC.org website Sign up at any point prior to applyingWill assemble your letters of recommendation, transcripts and LSAT scores to be sent to individual schools You can check online to be sure that all of your items have been receivedCost: $160
What is the LSAT?Necessary to apply to an ABA-approved law school.The LSAT is an admissions test, not an aptitude test, unlike the SATs. It is designed to test your logical reasoning abilities under timed conditions. LSATs predict first-year grades and the ability to pass the bar exam. LSAT is a learnable test.
When to take the LSATOffered four times a year: June, October, December & February If applying next year, should think about taking the June or October test dateWhy cant I take the December test?Puts you late in the admissions cycleSignificantly hurts chances for admissionHurts chances for merit-based aidVisit LSAC.org to register It takes about three weeks to receive your score Can I take the test more than once?Not advised. Law schools will either average your scores or use the highest score, but they will see ALL of your scores.
Once you decide when to take the LSAT, 8How to Study for the LSAT
Study, Study, Study12-15 FULL, TIMED, LSAT practice exams are necessary to perform your very best.Blocks of questions alone will not improve an LSAT score.You CAN improve your score with practice. There are Commercial prep programs. It depends on your study skills, but can do just as well on your own. Free LSAT practice exams are available through the Pre-Law website and LSAC.org. Letters of RecommendationSecure 2 academic recommendations (Prof, TA, Advisor)Pick a professor that knows you very well and you think is going to write you a good letter of recommendation. Dont ask someone just because they are well known (judge, DA, etc.)
Personal StatementsShould be two pages, double spaced in an easy to read fontMust directly, clearly answer the question that is asked by each school Think about the following: Why do I want to be a lawyer?Why do I want a legal education?How will a legal education help me fulfill my goals?What experiences make you feel ready for the ethical, professional and moral responsibilities of a career in law?
How Many Schools Should I Apply to?For risk-takers: 5-7 schools.For more security in the process: 8-12 schools2-4 reach schools3-5 schools with a good probability of acceptance2-4 safety, or money schools
The Search Process: How to Select Schools70% of the admissions process is your GPA and LSAT scoreHowever, your personal statement and letters of recommendation do matterUse the UGPA and LSAT Score Search from the LSAC website: https://officialguide.lsac.org/Release/UGPALSAT/UGPALSAT.aspxIf you dont have your LSAT score, use your latest practice testThis will give you a sense of your likelihood of being accepted to a particular school
I have provided some hard copies of this matix on the back table for you to take 14Factors To Think About: Where you will be happy for three years, location of the school: urban, suburban, college townCost: tuition, room & board, likelihood of grant or scholarship Programs offered: Clinics & Externships Student body: competiveness, community feeling, diversity Career opportunities through the placement office Facilities: housing, classroom, library, technologyTake tours of different law schools you are interested in to get a feel of the school
When Should I Apply?You should aim to have all of your applications submitted by Thanksgiving.Law school is on a rolling admission so the earlier you submit your application, the earlier the admissions officers will read your application
What should I expect?When should I expect?It all depends on the applicant profilesomething you cant know. Dont be upset if you dont hear anything by early March.
Summing Up The Application ProcessRegister for the LSAT and CASPractice, practice, practice for the LSATArrange letters of recommendationGet recommendations and transcripts to CASWork on personal statement/diversity statementResearch law schools in your GPA/LSAT rangeApply!
How to stay connected with Pre-Law AdvisingRegister for the Pre-Law Newsletter through WebcenterRegister for Applicant EmailsAttend Law School Panels and EventsStay in touch with the pre-law advisor as I offer advising to alumni Visit the pre-law website: http://uss.tufts.edu/pre-law/Questions??