Pre-law Information - Preparing for Law School
Preparing for Law School
- ABA - Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
There is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education. Students who are successful in law school, and who become accomplished professionals, come from many walks of life and educational backgrounds. Some law students enter law school directly from their undergraduate studies without having had any post-baccalaureate work experience. Others begin their legal education significantly later in life, and they bring to their law school education the insights and perspectives gained from those life experiences. Legal education welcomes and values diversity and you will benefit from the exchange of ideas and different points of view that your colleagues will bring to the classroom.
- ABA Approved Law Schools
A total of 200 institutions are ABA-approved: 199 confer the first degree in law (the J.D. degree); the other ABA approved school is the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, which offers an officer's resident graduate course, a specialized program beyond the first degree in law. Five of the 200 law schools are provisionally approved.
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- Discover Law Campaign (LSAC)
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. That’s why LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign – to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed.
- Law Preview
Since 1998, Law Preview has taught thousands of law students what to expect and how to truly excel in law school. During our week-long, intensive summer prep courses, our distinguished faculty of law school professors provide substantive overviews for each core first-year course.
- Law School Admission Requirements
The competition to get into law school is fierce—there are more applicants than seats. Doing well on your undergraduate coursework, standardized tests, and personal statements will help you get accepted into law school.
- Law School Admissions - Prerequisites
There is no single course of study required for admission into law school. Very often, students intent on a legal career will major in history, political science, public policy or economics as undergraduates. Law schools, however, accept applications from virtually all majors and every discipline. Indeed, a broad and varied undergraduate education is often viewed as the best pathway to the legal profession.
- Law School Data Assembly Service
The Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS), operated by Law Services, is just what its name implies: a service that assembles your law school admission information, compiles a report about you, and forwards that report to each of the law schools where you apply. Using the LSDAS is not optional. If you want to attend an ABA-approved law school, you must register with the LSDAS and follow its procedures.
- Law School Expert
Ann K. Levine, Esq., former director of law school admissions for two ABA law schools, is a law school admission consultant and owner of Law School Expert. Since 2004, Ms. Levine has personally guided 1,500+ law school applicants through the law school admission process.
- Law School Podcaster
Law School Podcaster is your online source for everything law school. Our podcasts deliver the information, insight and advice law school applicants and students need to gain admission to the right school and to prepare for the competitive world of law school and beyond. Topics include everything from a behind-the-scenes view of the admission process to post-law school job opportunities and current market trends.
- MIT Career Development Center - Law School Admission Index
If desired by the law school, the objective measures of an applicant's background (LSAT and GPA) can be combined into a single number called an admission index, using a formula provided by the law school. The Admission Index is a single number obtained by applying a formula drawn from two predictors: undergraduate GPA and LSAT score. The index is produced by: 1. Mulitplying the LSAT score by some constant (A) 2. Multiplying the undergraduate GPA by some other constant (B) 3. Adding the sum of these two quantities to a third constant (C) The law school determines the values of the constants A, B, and C. Please note that not all law schools use index formulas and those that do use index formulas may not use them in the same way.
- Online Guide to Criminal Justice Careers, Degrees and Schools
Making an informed decision about a career in criminal justice can be a daunting and difficult endeavor. For nearly 5 years we've been assisting aspiring criminal justice professionals, job seekers and students make better, more informed career choices by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information.