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Application Process: Step-by-step


The application process seems very confusing at first, but is made pretty easy with the LSAC website. Here's a step-by-step guide of the steps to apply.

1. Create an account on LSAC.org

This is the Law School Admission Council website. Your account here will be used to register for the LSAT, submit your apps, and upload the necessary attachments. Under create new account, you will click Future JD Student (unless you have already completed law school and are looking to get a higher law degree). For some reason this was super confusing to me at first.

2. Register for the LSAT and create a preparation plan.

This is done through your LSAC account. I would suggest registering for a test at least 6 months before your apps are due (if you are applying with spring deadlines, register for the October LSAT. For fall deadlines, the February LSAT). This gives you time to retake the test if you are unhappy with your score and still get your results in before apps are due.

3. Create a list of schools using your GPA and LSAT score.

The LSAC website has an awesome tool that lets you put in your GPA and LSAT score and gives you an approximate percentage of how likely you are to get into each school. I had a 3.4 GPA and a 160 LSAT, so Ivy League schools and top tier schools like USC and UCLA were at a 0-50% chance. However, plenty of schools were at a near 100% chance for me. I tried to create a list of schools where I was in the 70-90% range.

To access this tool, log on to LSAC. Under the Apply tab, click Applications > School List > School search. Add your schools to your list and then they'll be saved so you can apply to them later!

4. Send your transcripts

This I suggest doing as early as possible. Since you send them to LSAC and not individual schools, you don't need your final list before sending them. This can be kind of confusing and can take a week or two if by mail. Don't forget to include any random courses you may have taken over summer at community colleges, or example. Don't delay on this!

5. Ask people to write your letters of rec

You need at least 2 for most schools and can send up to 4. I only sent the minimum since I didn't have three outstanding people that I really wanted the admissions teams to hear from. They care more about your academic potential than political ties, so unless you have worked for someone in law or politics who can vouch for your work ethic, stick to teachers. Ask early because you may have to send a reminder follow up email or two. Learn more about letters of rec in this book.

6. Start your personal statement

This was difficult for me, so it took me a while and a few rough drafts to come up with something I felt was a good essay.

7. Complete your resume

Your resume for law school apps serves a bit of a different purpose than a resume to would hand to the manager at a part time job. Read this book for a perfect template.

8. Fill out the actual application

This is mostly demographic questions, dates, etc. Questions that don't take much thought but need to be completed. Luckily on LSAC, filling this out for one school transfers over to every other school, but most schools have at least one section specific to just them.

9. Double, triple, quadruple check!

Is the right school name on each document? Is your LSAC number on it? Did you proofread? Are you sure?

10. Pay your fees and submit!

Once you have EVERYTHING completed, send in those apps baby! Most schools (except top-tier ones that get a million apps) waive their fees or have a way you can request a fee waiver, so check that before dropping $60 on an application. LSAC charges a $30 fee for each school too which is SO annoying but it's worth it for how easy they make it.

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