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Preparing for Law School
The two most important factors that law schools consider in making their admissions decisions are undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score. Thus, the two most important things that students can do to insure that they get into law school is do well academically and earn a good score on the LSAT.
The Law School Admission Council writes and administers the LSAT. The LSAT website may be the single most helpful website for students interested in attending law school. It sells old LSAT tests at a reasonable price. Students cannot expect to get the highest LSAT score of which they are capable unless they do some preparation for the test. Taking some old LSATs is one good component of such preparation.
Because a student’s undergraduate GPA is such an important factor in admission to law school (especially to a law school with an outstanding reputation), a student interested in going to law school is well-advised to do well academically from the very beginning of their undergraduate career. As indicated earlier, law schools do not recommend any majors, therefore students should major in subjects that they find interesting. They are likely to get higher grades in courses that they find interesting. Students should also choose a major that represents a “plan B.” If a student is unable to get into a law school or simply has a change of heart about attending law school, the student’s major should prepare that student for another career that the student finds appealing.
Selecting a Law School
Selecting the right law school to attend is a very important, but sometimes difficult, process. The single most helpful tool in that process may be the “Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools”, published by the Law School Admission Council. Boston College also has a law school locator that many students find useful.
Financing a Legal Education
How to pay for law school is one of the most important decisions a student must make. It is common for students to graduate from law school with a large amount of debt. (This is one of the primary reasons why it is so important for each prelaw student to make a carefully considered decision about whether the legal profession is right for that person). An organization called Access Group has a website with a great deal of helpful information. They publish a small, but extremely instructive pamphlet entitled “Financing Your Legal Education.” Every student who intends to go to law school should obtain this pamphlet and study it carefully.