Before you begin exploring law school it’s important determine if it’s the right option for you by thinking about why you want to pursue a law degree. There is no ‘penalty’ for waiting a year or two before heading to law school and in some cases waiting may work to your advantage. The following information will be helpful as you take the time to consider the pros and cons associated with pursuing law school.
Identifying And Researching Law Schools
When researching law schools it’s important to identify what elements are important to you. Is it the ranking of a program, a specialty area, geography, bar passage or employment rates, alumni connections, dual degree programs, or something unique? Law schools offer students the following opportunities to gain practical experience:
- Clinics (practicing law under supervision)
- Journals (open to student participation)
- Student organizations (networking and leadership with fellow students and local professionals)
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a great resource to refer to when applying to law school. You can use their website to guide you through the entire application process and find resources on choosing a law school, taking the LSATs, financing law school, applying to law school, and more.
This resource includes information standardized tests, credentials, application materials, resumes and interviews.
AdmissionsDean.com’s law school timeline outlines the deadlines you should be aware of.
The following resources have information on how you can obtain funding for graduate school: