Application Preparation


When to Apply to Law School

The Reason You Should Ignore Application Deadlines Even though most law school application deadlines fall in February and March, you should ignore them. Most schools use a form of rolling admissions. This means that the school will make offers to students before the application deadline. Potential students who get their applications in early enough will often get their answer in the late fall or by the end of January, before many students even apply. Some schools have specific deadlines for getting an early decision. Make sure to check with your schools to see whether the early decision date is for Read More +

Basics of the Law School Application Process

Before we go much further, you should understand some of the basic concepts in law school admissions. Law schools consider a variety of factors in reviewing law school applications. If candidates have a strong enough application, in light of these factors, they are offered a seat. The most important of these factors are the undergraduate GPA, and the LSAT score. These are considered “hard” factors by all schools, and are used to compute a score called the admissions index by most schools. But, no school relies solely on the index. All schools attempt to view the applicant as a whole. Read More +

Law School Admissions Interviews

In law school admissions, interviews are not common. Many schools do not interview at all, and most only offer interviews on a limited basis. If you are offered an interview, take it. It usually means that you are in the discretionary review group, and the committee is looking for ways to distinguish the applicants. The majority of applicants are admitted or denied on their application alone. If you know that you will fall into a school’s discretionary pile, you should request an interview. Schools that use the interview make them an important part of the admissions decision. How You are Read More +

Law School Applicants: When to Expect an Answer

If you have followed the recommendations in throughout this site, including timely applications that are complete and polished, and can expect an answer by the end of the year. We recommend you submit your application no later than November 1st, regardless of the cut-off date. Applications arrive to the school at different rates with the bulk arriving in January and February. The longer you wait to apply in the application process, the longer it takes to get a decision. Here are some guidelines: • It isn’t unusual for those who apply by November 1 to get an answer within 5 Read More +

How Many Law Schools Should You Apply To?

Deciding how many law schools you will apply to is dependent on several things. The first step is to first look at your Pre-law Plan. How many law schools did you identify as schools that provide you with a fair opportunity to work and live where you want to be? The average student applies to six law schools. The optimal number for you depends on the competitiveness of your LSAT/GPA, and where you live. If you have a very competitive LSAT/GPA, apply to at least four of the schools that you identified as local feeders. One of these four should Read More +

4 Ways to Apply to Law School for Free

Need some financial assistance in the law school application process? Here are four ways to apply for free: 1. You can be awarded a fee waiver by LSAC. The fee waiver is difficult to qualify for and requires you to demonstrate an “extreme need.” Expect to start this process early – budget 2 months before your LSAT. This fee waiver will include the cost of two LSAT tests, your CAS registration, six law school reports, and a Score Preview waiver. Because these waivers are so stringent, once you are awarded a fee waiver by LSAC most law schools will automatically Read More +

7 Defects to Avoid on Your Law School Application

Even the strongest applicants can be rejected if they make too many mistakes. Here are 7 common mistakes that you can eliminate from your application: 1. Late application. The good news is that this is a very easy defect to avoid. Be very mindful of each school’s cut-off date, and send in your application with time to spare. 2. Failing to carefully follow all directions. For example, if you fail to list things in chronological order, or reverse chronological order when asked, it certainly creates a blemish. Another common blunder is not following directions about how to label attachments. 3. Read More +

Top 10 Mistakes Law School Applicants Make

As you prepare to attend law school, be mindful of the common applicant mistakes. The moment you decide that law school is for you is the moment you start preparing. Follow these tips as early as possible, and you’ll have a better chance of setting yourself up for success. 1. Failure to challenge yourself to excel in undergrad. Your undergraduate GPA is one of the most important factors in admission, and you must always do your best. Don’t avoid hard classes—do the work. Admissions committees look at both your results and the level of difficulty. 2. Taking the LSAT without Read More +

Behaviors That Jeopardize Your Law School Application

It is obvious that the time that your applications are outstanding is going to be stressful. You need to maintain your composure. Avoid taking your stress out on the others around you. Your demeanor and behavior must reflect that of your top-tier law school’s culture, and certain actions can turn a potential acceptance into a flat out rejection. As you wait for law school’s to reply to your application, strongly avoid the following behaviors: • Getting arrested. You are under an obligation to supplement your application if this happens. Putting yourself in a bad situation will not reflect well on Read More +

How to Handle a Law School Application Waitlist

If you have applied for law school with strong qualifications but didn’t quite make the initial cut, many schools will put you on a waitlist. Some law schools that you would consider safety picks will wait-list you because they believe that you are unlikely to accept an offer (US News measures the percentage of accepted offers and considers this in the law school’s ranking). On the whole, it’s best to consider the waitlist as a rejection. Still, every year students from the waitlist are offered seats, it just isn’t that common. Initially, law schools make more offers to potential students Read More +

How to Apply to Law School

Applying to law school is daunting, and it can very difficult to know where to start. Follow our step-by-step process to make applying to law school a little less painful. 1. Sign up for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service All applications to ABA-approved law schools are submitted through the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service. This is an online portal through which you sign up for the LSAT, fill out applications, and upload all relevant documents including transcripts and letters of recommendations. As of 2020, the cost is $195 for five years of access. 2. Sign up for Read More +

Which Law Schools Should I Apply To?

Choosing which law schools to apply to is a complicated decision informed by a multitude of personal, professional, and academic factors. Geography, GPA, LSAT scores, and future career goals all play a major role. For example, if you are interested in following a career track into the federal judiciary, you'll want to apply to schools that secure a large number of federal clerkships for their students. Or if you are interested in public interest work, you may want to apply to schools that offer stipends to students who do pro bono work during the summer. The possibilities and permutations are Read More +