Applying To Law School

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Applying to law school can be a very stressful process. The numbers of law school applicants have been going up dramatically over the last few years, which means that all schools are becoming more competitive. There are a few basic things that you need to make sure you do when applying to law school because, with the volume of applicants, incomplete or error-filled applications could well be looked over.

The Basics of Applying to Law School

The first thing you need to do is to take your LSAT. This standardized test is used by nearly all law schools to judge the caliber of their applicants. The LSAT tests reading comprehension, logical and analytical reasoning skills, and also provides a writing sample for the law school to look at. Your LSAT score and your undergraduate GPA will play the biggest parts in deciding what schools you can get into.

Once you have taken the LSAT, start looking at law schools whose median LSAT scores match your own. These are the schools that you are most likely to get into, and should be the focus of your search. It is also a good idea to pick a "reach" school that you might not get into, as well as a "safety" school that you are sure will admit you. Once you have narrowed your search down to five or six schools, visit them and learn as much as you can about them.

Finally, start applying! Look at the application requirements for each school, and start to complete them. Usually, a school will want letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and your undergraduate transcript. However, requirements vary from school to school, and you should check to make sure that you are getting everything to the school on time, so that you can receive fullest consideration from the admissions board.


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