Posted On: Aug 22, 2020
By Sarah Chebli, J.D. New York Law School
- Identify why you want to go to law school: Law school is a major investment. It will typically cost you three years of your life and a significant financial commitment. Knowing yourself and identifying your reasons for going to law school can be an effective way of determining whether law school is right for you. Naming one reason that is important to you can help keep you motivated through the application process and in law school.
- Speak to current law students: Talking to those who have gone through the application process can provide you with valuable insight, particularly if you are a first-generation student or come from an underrepresented background. Speaking to students can give you an idea of what to expect in law school and provide you with any opportunity to ask questions and learn from people who were once standing in your shoes.
- Do your research: After you have identified why you want to go to law school, you should start doing your own research. Many students believe that becoming a lawyer will mean standing before a judge in a courtroom every day. This is not true. With a law degree, you can work as an in-house counsel, a clerk, in the public or private sector, or in academia. Have an idea of what you are interested in and whether law school can help you achieve your goals. Doing your research also means looking up schools, their median LSAT scores for accepted students, and any unique programs or organizations at the school that might interest you.
- Study for the LSAT: Regardless of the format of the LSAT, it is important that you study for this exam. The LSAT tests your skills, and familiarity with the exam format can help you achieve your desired score. Although it is only one element of your law school application, it is a very important one. Take your time to understand the exam and pinpoint your weaknesses. It is highly advisable that you adjust your study schedule according to your progress. If you find that you are scoring well on Logical Reasoning, but are still scoring poorly on Reading Comprehension, you need to take this into account and understand where and why you are making mistakes. The key to the LSAT is practice, practice, and more practice.
- Stay organized: Keep track of important deadlines and dates. Leave sufficient time to review your application materials, ask for letters of recommendation, complete your pre-requisites, and take the LSAT. As you move through the preparation and application process, you may find that you need to make adjustments. Staying organized can help you stay productive and on-track.
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