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        Your Ticket to
    Law School Admissions
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                        General Outline

       Timeline for application process

       Choosing a law school

     ...
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                      Timeline - Junior Year

       March
           Register and prepare for the June LSAT
        ...
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                Timeline – Junior Year cont.

       July – August
           Create a list of law schools that you pl...
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                     Timeline – Senior Year

       September
           Take the September LSAT (if necessary)


    ...
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            Timeline – Senior Year cont.

       October

           Finalize your personal statement

           Col...
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                Timeline – Senior Year cont.

       November
           Send last batch of completed applications to ...
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               Timeline – Senior Year cont.

       January
           Have an updated transcript sent to law schools ...
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                   What Kind of Law School
                    Do I Want to Attend?

       Geographic considerations

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           Who Should Recommend Me?

       Think about the classes you took and your performance in
        those clas...
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            How Do I Go About Getting a
             Recommendation Letter?
       Participate in class discussions

  ...
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                       Content of
              Letters of Recommendation
       Comment on your character

       Pos...
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                 The Personal Statement:
                       What is it?
       A short writing piece that tells a s...
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             The Personal Statement:
           What Should it Say About Me?
       Concrete examples of your character...
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Law School Application Timeline

  1. 1. + Your Ticket to Law School Admissions
  2. 2. + General Outline  Timeline for application process  Choosing a law school  Letters of recommendation  Personal statement
  3. 3. + Timeline - Junior Year  March  Register and prepare for the June LSAT  Discuss your plans with a pre-law advisor  Create a list of faculty for recommendation letters  June  Take the LSAT exam  Prepare a draft of your personal statement and have it reviewed by a pre-law advisor and others  Prepare a draft of your resume
  4. 4. + Timeline – Junior Year cont.  July – August  Create a list of law schools that you plan on applying to  Register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS)  Have your college transcripts sent to the LSDAS  Request information from law schools and schedule a visit  Register and prepare for the September LSAT (if necessary)
  5. 5. + Timeline – Senior Year  September  Take the September LSAT (if necessary)  Order the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) catalog and application or complete an electronic version  Ask faculty for letters of recommendation  Request financial aid information  Continue to visit law schools
  6. 6. + Timeline – Senior Year cont.  October  Finalize your personal statement  Collect letters of recommendation  Complete LSDAS report  Begin sending completed law school applications THE EARLIER YOU APPLY, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF BEING ACCEPTED!!
  7. 7. + Timeline – Senior Year cont.  November  Send last batch of completed applications to law schools  Obtain applications for financial aid (federal and private), e.g. FAFSA  December  Contact law schools to confirm the completion of your applications  Relax and enjoy the holidays
  8. 8. + Timeline – Senior Year cont.  January  Have an updated transcript sent to law schools and LSDAS  Submit completed financial aid forms  February – April  Evaluate offers of acceptance  Evaluate financial aid offers  Submit an acceptance letter to the Law School of your choice  Submit rejections letters to the schools that you will not attend
  9. 9. + What Kind of Law School Do I Want to Attend?  Geographic considerations  Special programs (i.e. clinics, field placements)  School setting (i.e. class size, diversity, scholars on faculty)  Job placement and bar passage rate  Cost of attendance and financial aid  Your stats – GPA, LSAT, work experience, etc.
  10. 10. + Who Should Recommend Me?  Think about the classes you took and your performance in those classes  Letters should come from professors whose class you excelled in  Consider professors who taught you in seminars or small lecture classes  Classes with a heavy emphasis on reading, writing, and/or critical thinking and analysis
  11. 11. + How Do I Go About Getting a Recommendation Letter?  Participate in class discussions  Go to office hours  Do an independent study  KEEP IN TOUCH!
  12. 12. + Content of Letters of Recommendation  Comment on your character  Positively discuss your intellectual abilities  Describe course load or work product  Comparative in nature
  13. 13. + The Personal Statement: What is it?  A short writing piece that tells a story  Gives you the opportunity to sell yourself in the application process  Helps the admissions committee see you beyond your numerical stats  Displays your personality and experiences
  14. 14. + The Personal Statement: What Should it Say About Me?  Concrete examples of your character  Personalize as much as possible  Specific details of your experience  Write about aspects of yourself that readers can’t get from other parts of your application  BE CREATIVE!
  15. 15. + QUESTIONS?

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