Applying to law school is an exciting, nerve wracking occasion in one’s life. Those who are eager to become lawyers or judges, who are willing to fight for the rights of their fellow man should consider becoming a lawyer a noble act. However, it should be noted that time is of the essence when applying to law school. Strategy will be of utmost importance during the law school application process.
While law schools often list their law school application deadlines as occurring some time between January and April, many law schools have a rolling admissions process that favors those who submit their law school applications early. It is strongly encouraged to submit all applications by late November or early December, if not earlier.
Begin thinking about and getting familiar with the LSAT early. The sooner you take the test the more time you will have to focus on other aspects of the law school application.
Sound law school application advice is to take an LSAT practice test in January and by February, take the LSAT prep course in person, online or independently. By March, get a copy of the Official LSAT Registration Book, which will provide LSAT test dates, registration deadlines, and all the other pertinent information you’ll need.
Also part of the law school application process is having accreditation by the Credential Assembly Service, which is provided by the LSAC and is required for most law schools. This service will assemble a report with your transcripts, LSAT scores and letters of recommendation. You should be registered with CAS by July so you can be on file sooner rather than later. Ask a prelaw advising office for law school application help with registration information.
By August, you should have made contact with your undergraduate institution so that your transcripts may be sent to the CAS. To complete the recommendation portion of the law school application process, it’s usually best to wait until after the fall semester has begun. This way, professors are back in session and in the swing of things. The number of recommendations may vary from law school to law school, but generally, two solid recommendations from those who know you well enough can vouch for your character and performance.
Lastly consider what school meets your needs best. Your LSAT scores, once received, will give you a sense of your possibilities. You will probably be filling out 6 to 10 law school applications. Consult the help of your prelaw advisor to be sure you are on track with the application process.
Start working on your applications and personal statements, and be sure to be straightforward and honest. After all, those are the characteristics of a good lawyer! Your personal statement will reflect your intentions and purpose. Those reviewing your law school application will appreciate your reasons for choosing the institution and the field.
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