A law school application is a compilation of your academic achievements and your professional goals. Law school admissions counselors review applications with a keen eye for detail and reward those who follow best practices. Engage with both pre-law advisors on each of the components of your application to ensure your application will impress.
Find the Right School
Before you apply to law school it is important to have an understanding of where you will have a competitive application so that you can develop a list of competitive, reach, and safety schools. Once you have completed the LSAT, review the following links to determine the LSAT and GPA expectations of schools. This knowledge will help you evaluate where you might have the greatest chance for admission.
How I Compare
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When you have completed your list, make an appointment to meet with Ms. Christine Falcone (call 610-660-3100) to discuss your application strategy.
Financing Your Law Degree
Most law schools offer some sort of financial assistance, but this is not always guaranteed for the length of the program. Many schools offer merit-based, need-based scholarships, and loan repayment assistance programs. It is important to become familiar with resources available to you as you navigate this process.
Review Financing Your Legal Education to become knowledgeable on key terms, resources, and the process in place to support your law school funding.
Create a custom financial worksheet for your prospective schools to easily compare your financial options and to clearly see differences in your options. Discuss your worksheet with the pre-law advisors in an appointment.
Create a Strong Application
Each piece of the application is an arrow in your quiver – so arrows can come from different sources, not just your personal statement. What is most important is attention to detail and a personal statement that is authentic (rings true to who you are).
Requesting Your Transcripts
You will need to have your official transcripts available in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through your LSAC account. Your will need to request transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions, any schools where your transferred credits from (community college courses, if you are a transfer student, etc), and from your study abroad institution if and only if you were at a US institution abroad.
Watch the video below for a tutorial on how to request your transcripts from SJU:
Professionalism is just as important when applying to law school as it is when applying for a job. Your actions demonstrate respect for those around you and a sincere interest in your candidacy.
Professionalism is more than just having an effective resume or strong interview; it includes editing emails and application documents, dressing appropriately for events and interviews, and addressing individuals by formal title. Students are asked to disclose everything (e.g. Academic Honesty violations, open liquor, arrests, etc). Even expunged crimes must be disclosed. Handling disclosure honestly and appropriately is also a sign of professionalism.
For more information about presenting yourself in a professional manner review this Career Development webinar.