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LAW SCHOOL PREPARATION

Thinking about going to law school? The Career Center wants to help you. There is plenty of information to be aware of. Read below and make an appointment with a Career Advisor today. Below you will find information and resources for the following:

  • The Law School Application Process
  • The LSAT
  • Fields of Law
  • Types of Law Programs
  • The Right School for YOU
  • Register for the Credential Assembly Service
  • Paying For Law School

*Majority of the information listed here can be found at lsac.org


 

The Application Process

The process of applying to law school includes several components that take place concurrently. Create a schedule or timeline for yourself that includes everyting in your application checklist

A conservative timeline for this process is typically 10 months with application deadlines usually in the Fall. Confirm all dealines with the websites for the programs you are interested in applying for.

The LSAT 

What is the LSAT?

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an integral part of law school admission in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. The purpose of the LSAT is to test the skills necessary for success in the first year of law school.

Fees Associated with LSAT

  • LSAT including writing $200
  • Credential Assembly Service $195
  • Law School Report $45
  • Test Center/Date Change $125
  • Score preview $45-$75
  • Score audit $125

Registering for LSAT

By Phone: You can call LSAC to register by phone at 215.968.1001. You can register by phone during the following hours: September through February: Weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) March through August: Weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. (ET) LSAC's busiest day is Monday, so you can avoid delays if you call later in the week.

Online: You can register online through your LSAC.org account.

Fields Of Law

  • Animal Rights
  • Civil Rights
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal 
  • Education
  • Emplyment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Public Land Use
  • Family & Juvenile 
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities Law
  • Sports & Entertainment Law
  • Tax Law

The Right School for YOU

Applicants sometimes select schools based on prestige or proximity to home / job / family. The basic curriculum of all law schools is the same, consider a variety of factors to find the right program for you. Examine your own needs and find schools that match up.

O N L I N E    R E S E A R C H

Evaluate each schools' offerings, profile, and cost. This will be your home for approximately 2-3 years so take the time to learn what the school has to offer such as demographics, facilities, faculty background, part-time/evening programs, joint degree programs, career services, student law journals, court competitions, academic / student support programs, commitment to diversity, cost of living, employment, and tuition.

 

A T T E N D    L A W    S C H O O L    F O R U M S

Law school recruitment events provide opportunities to meet admission representatives, get more information, and ask questions that will help you determine your best-fit school. Each summer and fall, LSAC.org hosts a series of free Law School Forums. These events provide invaluable opportunities for you to connect with representatives from 100+ law schools in one place. 


 

Register for the Credential Assembly Service

LSAC’s Candidate Referral Service (CRS) gives you the opportunity to be discovered by law schools you may not have considered. Registration is free for anyone with an LSAC.org account. When you sign up for CRS, you authorize LSAC to share the following information with law schools, agencies or individuals working on their behalf, and other eligible programs related to legal education:

  • your name, mailing and email addresses, and phone number
  • biographical, academic, and employment information
  • information you have provided about your law school preferences

Don’t miss the opportunity to be found by law schools you might not otherwise have considered.


 

Paying for Law School

The cost of a law school education could exceed $150,000. Tuition alone can range from a few thousand dollars to more than $50,000 a year. So how do you afford law school?

When calculating the total cost of attending law school, you also have to consider the cost of housing, food, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Law schools establish a Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA is set by the law school and will vary from school to school; it represents the maximum financial aid you may receive from any source for the academic year.

Law School Financial Aid