The Law School Application

The LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test of reading comprehension as well as analytical and logical reasoning skills.

The LSAT is administered four times each year.  Do not sit for the LSAT unless you feel thoroughly prepared.  Although you can sit for the LSAT three times within any two-year period, it is recommended that you plan to take the LSAT only once.  A second round score can be lower as well as higher than your first attempt.  Two to four months is typically spent in preparation for this exam.

For more information on LSAT dates and deadlines, visit the Law School Admission Council website.

Law School Personal Statement and Essays

Law schools typically do not interview applicants therefore your personal statement serves as an introduction and an opportunity for you provide insight as to who you are.  It is important to not reiterate what is already on your application and resume.

Read all prompts carefully and tailor each essay appropriately. Personal statements are usually two, double –spaced pages.  While the essay allows an admission officer to get to know you on a more personal level it also serves as a writing sample.  Your essay should not have any grammatical or typographical errors.  Be sure to have the Pre-Law advisor provide you with feedback.

Letters of Recommendation

Most schools require at least two letters of recommendation, preferably from a faculty member.  Your recommenders should be able to present an informed assessment of your character and academic abilities.  Applicants should meet with each recommender to discuss their application.

Provide each recommender with:

  • Your list of schools
  • A draft of your personal statement
  • Resume
  • Assignments completed for the professor
  • LSAC instructions for posting recommendations

Addendum

You may choose to complete an addendum to clarify components of your application.  It is important that the addendum is succinct and factual.