Dream Catchers: Law School Admissions Process

I’m going to call the post that provide insight into pursuing various careers, Dream Catchers. First up, a general overview of a law school admissions process.

Last year, I served as Pre-Law Director for the Southwest Region of the Black Law Students Association. In that role, I learned a lot about the law school admissions process. But do not fear. I have wonderful friends and acquaintances in a variety of fields that can provide insight into getting into medical school, for instance, in addition to other less known career paths.

Want to go to law school? Let’s start from the beginning. Getting admitted to law school is a process.

What’s the first step? Start here:

  1. Visit www.LSAC.org . Create an account. This is the site where you register for the LSAT and majority of law schools require you submit your law school application through this site. This website also contains numerous resources.
  2. Register for the LSAT. Look at the test dates on LSAC and give yourself adequate time to study.
  3. Write your personal statement. This can be tricky. First, visit  the websites of the schools you want to attend. Some schools give you a writing prompt, some do not. If you have  prompt follow the directions. The personal statement is not just an essay of your accomplishments. It needs to tell a story. Within that story, you need to demonstrate that you possess a particular skill or commitment to ideals important to the school(s) you are a applying. For instance, your personal statement may tell a story about a time you experienced adversity but persevered, or your personal statement may tell a story that demonstrates your commitment to public service. Be sure to have someone proofread your work.
  4. Find people who know you well to write your letters of recommendation. Let’s be clear, I don’t just mean find someone who has known you all of your life, but find advocates who can speak to your ability to perform in law school. It’s great that you are a nice person and they can speak to that point, but it would be helpful if they can speak to your commitment to  public service or your ability to work well with teams to problem solve. Don’t make the mistake of getting super important people who do not know you well to write your letter of recommendation.
  5. Consider writing an addendum. If you have a low undergraduate GPA, or have experienced academic challenges, take the time to explain what happened in an addendum.
  6. Request your official transcripts.
  7. Look up the deadlines to the schools you are applying to and submit your application by the deadline.

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1 Comment

  1. March 19, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    If I may add, the last line of #4 is crucial. It becomes very obvious when a person was asked to write a letter about someone they do not know, especially when the letter is only two lines long. I would like to suggest obtaining study aides for the LSAT. There are even apps to help with studying for the LSAT. If the reader is currently in college, consider taking some courses in Logic and Reasoning.

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