Law School Admissions

Written by Jared Vincenti
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While every law school has its own set of criteria for judging applicants, the methodology is relatively constant from school to school. Some admissions boards may choose to give more weight to one factor than another, but on the whole, law schools are looking for the same things from their candidates. Showing them you have what it takes to get into law school is a difficult task, but it is easier once you know what they're looking for.

Common Admissions Criteria

Unfortunately, one of the first things a law school will look at is your LSAT score. This will be closely followed by your undergraduate GPA. While it may seem unfair to judge a candidate from the start based on a set of numbers, schools have found that students below a certain benchmark tend to struggle in law school, and may not be a good fit. Even if your numbers aren't stellar, you still do have a good chance to make it up.

Another factor that plays a big part in your application is the level of your writing skills. The writing sample section of the LSAT gets forwarded directly to the law schools for them to judge, and is not graded by the LSAT administrators. This sample, along with any written essays that you may have submitted with your application, will help the school determine if your writing skills are on par with law school expectations.

Finally, the schools will also look at what you say in your essays. Obviously, giving the impression that you are uninterested or unethical will kill your chances of getting in. However, these essays are also an opportunity for you to really show off that you are interested in the law, and invested in the school to which you have applied. Genuine enthusiasm and passion cannot be judged on a numerical scale, but they will play a part in law school admissions.


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