Going to law school will change your life; hence, make no mistake while deciding whether you should pursue this path or not. There is no single path that will help you to prepare for a legal education. Undergraduates or Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline.
You may choose to major subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school like English, history, economics, philosophy, business, etc.Whatever major you select, you need to develop following skills –
- Problem solving skills.
- Analytical skills.
- Writing skills.
- Reading skills.
- Management skills.
- Communication skills.
- Listening skills.
- Research skills.
Applying to Law School
There are four important steps involved in applying to a law school –
- Prepare for LSAT – The first step in applying to a law school is taking the LSAT (Law School Admission Test), which is an examination for prospective law students. So, prepare as much as possible for the test.
- Choose a date – This standardized test is conducted four times each year, at selected examination centers all over the world. Therefore, choose a date and start preparing for it.
- Choose study materials – Find a set of study materials or sign up for a LSAT course, whichever seems to be working for you.
- Practice – Start doing LSAT practice test, set aside each day for questions, but make sure that it gives you an idea of your progress and speed.
- Register for LSDAS – The next step is registering with LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service); part of LSAC (Law School Admission Council). It is an online service, which simplifies the law school application process by preparing a report of LSAT scores, academic summaries and transcripts, and letters of recommendations for aspiring students to be sent to law schools to which students are applying.
- Choosing a law school – Choosing a law school is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. So, choose a law school according to its admission criteria, geographical location, career services, faculties, campus facilities, and most important your financial condition.
- Write your personal statement – Personal statement is the third important factor in your application. It is your best chance to tell the admission committee why you are so unique and special. Separating yourself from the massive stack of essay's submitted is especially important when writing personal statements for graduate school. Your main goal here is to write an essay (personal statement) that shows them how your experiences and background have guided you toward the practice of law.
- Finish your applications well in advance of the deadline – Many schools have rolling admission policies; they accept students during the admissions process only, so do not wait until the last minute to send in applications.