How to get into a law school?
If you have decided that law school is where you want to be, then you might want to begin with the law school application process and to find the right law school. What about grades? internships? and experiences? Do you know which countries require the LSAT scores? Here is everything you need to do in order to get into the right law school. If your dream is to get into a top law school I suggest you carry on...
Have an undergraduate degree.
1. Picking a right specialization
There are usually no prerequisites for law colleges so choosing a specialization can be tricky. In fact, The American Bar Association itself does not recommended any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. It is however, recommended that to choose a specialization with a higher degree of law school acceptance. Majors like philosophy, economics or journalism are considered to have a higher rate of acceptance in law schools and universities. Specializations which involve a lot of reading and handling stress can be a good experience before getting into a law school. Do some research and find which major will involve a lot of stress based critical thinking as this can be of help and function as a good foundation for law school.
2. Having good gradesGetting good grades is very important in order to stand out among others who have plan to apply for law schools. Grades are not the only consideration for law school acceptance but it's extremely important and should be your main focus during undergraduate years. Study hard, attend classes regularly and set aside ample time to read. Law schools look at everything so better be prepared!
3. Getting involved in extra curricular activities/ Take an internship
Get involved right away. Admissions committees are interested to know how long you have been involved in each activity and what meaningful contributions you've made. Consider going outside the universities and look for more prestigious organizations like UNICEF. Also, look for internships. It is not important to have an internship in a law firm. Any related law related fields are equally valued, such as government, journalism etc. Apply for summer or winter positions as it suits best. These experiences can clout your Resume and help you stand apart from other applicants. Law schools look for candidates who have real world experiences.
Create your account in LSAC
1. Setting up a Law School Admission Council (LSAC) account.
Accounts created in LSAC can be very helpful as it will provide deeper insights to universities and candidates can perform research and choose for the best law school. The Law School Admission Council is a group which administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) which law candidates need to take in order to apply for law schools.
Take the exam
1. LSAT exam
Register for the exam and take the test. LSAT
is an integral part to get into law schools of the United States, Canada and lot many emerging countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several selecting factors. Many universities and countries have their own exams and universities of some countries do not even require LSAT scores. Look for the requirements of the law schools that interest you and take measure accordingly!
Apply to law schools
1. Searching for law schools
Look for the law schools that interest you. The article on how to choose the right law school can help in understanding how to look for the best law school for you. The reputation of the school, the LLM programs offered and the location of the university can be a few points to start with.
2. Applying to the universities of your interest
After selection of the universities, the application requirements for each universities should be looked and applied accordingly. Universities can be applied directly after the LSAC or through university portals. Gather all the required documents, such as your graduate degree, your scores, your internship certificate, your Letters of Recommendation etc. Do not forget to complete the application completely and provide all the information asked!
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Wait for your response
Once the application process is completed, it's time to wait to till you get a response. It could take from weeks to months depending upon the selection process of each university, the number of applicants etc. Do your best to stay calm and focus on the fact that you did your absolute best.
While it is difficult to wait, thinking about why you want to go to a law school is a good way to lift your spirits up. If you don't get accepted to the school you wanted, do not be disheartened. It is not the end yet. There are things that you can do to make yourself a desirable candidate in the future and attract these law schools. Consider retaking the LSAT or working for a year or two before reapplying.
Believe in yourself and at some point soon you will find yourself in a law school. Good luck!
- Danish Khan