Creating a Competitive Law School Application
Getting ready to apply to law school? Here are ten steps you can take to make your applications more competitive.
- •ResearchResearch the schools you’re considering applying to by attending LSAC Law Forums, finding out their availability and visiting them. It also helps to prioritize each school. One way to do this is to organize the schools into categories. For instance: a) safety - your credentials exceed their criteria, b) match - your credentials match their criteria, and c) reach - your credentials fall below their criteria.
- •PreparationPreparing yourself for the application process entails familiarizing yourself with each school's application requirements, being aware of deadlines, and factoring in the cost of law school prep. This includes application fees, prep courses, the LSAT Exam fee, LSAC fees, and travel expenses. Of course, it also helps to compile a checklist to help keep track of these items.
- •Develop Your StoryYou should be prepared to summarize what makes you unique by showing how your background prepares you for law school, explaining your motivation for becoming an attorney, and making the connection between your legal interests and your background.
- •LSACBefore you can take the LSAT exam, you will need to register for an LSAC account, sign up for the Credential Assembly Service (CRS), and ask your school to submit transcripts to LSAC.
- •LSAT PrepIf you haven’t already taken the LSAT here are some tips to keep in mind. Consider taking an LSAT prep course from a reputable provider, but at a minimum, invest an LSAT prep guide, and plan to take at least one practice exam.
- •Personal StatementThe key to preparing a winning personal statement is to be yourself, use your story to guide the process, avoid topics that overlap your resume, and craft a unique statement for each school.
- •ResumeWhen preparing a resume to include with your law school application remember to limit it to a single page, be sure to emphasize the academic section, highlight any volunteer work or internships, and point out your scholastic achievements.
- •Letters of RecommendationHere are a few points to keep in mind before asking for letters of recommendation. Confirm that you will get a positive response, cultivate a relationship before making your request, begin the process early, inform your reference of the deadlines, and share samples of your work and transcript with each reference.
- •NumbersBe prepared to relate your key stats to your overall narrative. This primarily applies to your undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores.
- •Professionalism During the Application ProcessMost importantly don’t forget to start the process early, proofread your application and have someone else review it too, confirm that the school has your application and that it is complete, be cognizant of your online persona and clean up anything that may be inappropriate, and dress appropriately during visits.