Well you are in luck because I am here to help with the arduous process that can be the law school application process.
To start, here’s a little bit about me. I started law school in Fall 2009 and graduated in Spring 2012, so my application process began in mid-2008. That is a long time ago (about 7 years) but from what I have read, not much has changed.
To make this crazy process a bit easier, let someone who has been through it help you out.
Step 1: THE LSAT
Also known as your law school SAT. This is the exam you MUST take in order to apply to ANY law school in the United States and Canada. Here are a few basics about the test:
- The test is only administered FOUR times per year. In February, June, October, and December. The LSAT website has a few more dates for special accommodations, but if those do not apply to you, you are stuck with only FOUR test dates.
- The test is scored from 120 to 180. Which means you want to aim to get anywhere from 150 and above to get into a good law school. It will be MUCH harder to get into a good school with a score lower than a 150. OF course, the LSAT is only ONE factor when applying to law school BUT it is one of the most heavily weighed factors, unfortunately.
- The test costs $175 to take. This is only the beginning of the many fees you will have to pay out on the law school application path, so SAVE THOSE PENNIES!
- The test runs approximately 3 hours. Be prepared for all that sitting, your bum will hurt afterwards, trust me.
- The test is ALL multiple choice. There are five sections BUT only FOUR of the sections are scored. You may be thinking, that’s a good thing, IT IS NOT. You will not know which section is the unscored section, there is no way to tell (even if a section seems harder than all the others). What does that mean for you? DO ALL THE SECTIONS AS IF THEY WERE ALL BEING SCORED. This is no time for slacking, because as I must inform you, this is only the beginning.
- There is one unscored writing sample at the end of the exam, it is sent to the law school you apply to. This section is essentially to preview your writing ability as a lawyer. And so the fun of legal writing begins…
- This is your introduction to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You register for the test through them and you will also apply to law schools through them. Take a deep breath and smell the bureaucracy.
These are the basics about the test, next time I will talk about actually preparing for the exam.