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: Law School Survivor

So You want to go to Law School....

By Tyler Larsen

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Some undergrad schools have pre-law advisors. My undergrad school did not or at least he wasn't to be found. Here's my advice for those aspiring to go to law school.

  1. Start planning for it at the beginning of your junior year.
  2. Spend the money and take a commercial LSAT course. Your admission to law school is going to depend on your LSAT score and GPA. (It raised my score 20 points)
  3. Take the Fall LSAT of your senior year.
  4. Get your applications in by December. You have a better chance of getting in and to qualify for scholarships most schools have a scholarship deadline.
  5. Apply to a least 10 schools.
  6. Apply to some "safety" schools. (where your GPA and LSAT score are higher than the average admit).
  7. Apply to some "Reach" schools. (where you GPA and LSAT are lower than the average)
  8. I found the Boston College Law School Locator to be very helpful in picking which schools to apply to.
  9. The admissions essay is very important. My advice for the essay is to pick 5 stories from your personal life that demonstrate who you are. Work them out. Be aware that each school has their own length requirement. Some schools require 2 pages and some require 3 pages. Personalize each essay for each school by including a small paragraph at the end of the essay. State the schools name and why your qualities(from the stories) make you a good fit for the school.

I took the February LSAT and turned my applications in very late. I credit being accepted at a few schools and wait listed at a few others to having a decent LSAT score. Applying late means you have to have better than normal scores to get in because there are fewer spots. It can be done though I just want everyone to have a better chance than I gave myself.

Full post as published by Law School Survivor on October 10, 2007 (boomark / email).

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