How to Prepare for Law School
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While Political Science, History and English are the most
common among those who apply for law school, you should only
declare those majors if you enjoy them. The skills essential
for law school preparation can be attained with any major.
Therefore, you will actually increase your chances of
admission into law school if you choose a major in which you
are interested. Studying a subject you enjoy will help you
acquire a higher GPA than if you were to take a major that
you were not as interested in. The American Bar Association
identified the following skills as essential:
- Analytical and problem-solving skills
- Critical reading skills
- Writing skills
- Oral communication and listening abilities
- General research skills
- Task organization and management skills
- Value serving others and promoting justice
Assessing your chances of gaining admission to any
particular law school requires a review of the most current
admission's data available. There are several resources to
- ABA/LSAC Official Guide To ABA-Approved Law Schools
This book [located in 135 Johnston Hall or online at
www.lsac.org] includes facts and information on all
ABA-approved law schools in the country. Data such as
admission results for prior applicants are helpful to
see how others with your GPA and LSAT scores fared last
- Boston College Law School Range Finder
- Princeton Review Advanced Law School Search
- Law school catalogs Some law
schools don't print all of their admission results in
the ABA/LSAC Official Guide To ABA-Approved Law
Schools; therefore, you can obtain an application
booklet and/or catalog by contacting the law schools
that you are interested in and requesting information.
Many schools do have this available online.
What are "REACH", "TARGET", and "SAFETY" schools?
It is rare that an applicant will gain admission to all
of the laws schools they apply to. Therefore, it is helpful
to make educated guesses based on three categories of
- REACH This is a law school where
about 20% or less of the applicants with your GPA and
LSAT scores were recently admitted. Your "REACH"
applications should be your dream schools. Work hard to
make your application one of the 4 they might accept.
- TARGET This is a law school where
your GPA and LSAT scores are approximately the same as
the medians for last year's entering class. "TARGET"
schools present at least a 50/50 chance.
- SAFETY This is a law school where
at least 80% of the applicants with your GPA and LSAT
scores were admitted last year. Include several "SAFETY"
schools on your list due to the accelerating applicant
pools in terms of quality. What may have been a "SAFETY"
school last year may have suddenly become a "TARGET"