Tips for Applying to Law School
It’s 2016. Law school rankings for 2016 have been out, and potential law school applicants are now either waiting to hear back from their law school of choice or beginning to prepare for applying to law school.
For those beginning to prepare for applying to law school or thinking about applying to law school, here are some tips for applying to law school that will help you get into your school of choice, and make the application process easier.
7 Must Have Tips for Applying to Law School
Applying to Law School Tip # 1
Research the Law Schools
As we wrote about before, don’t just apply to a law school because of its ranking. Law school ranking is not everything.
Take the time to research the law schools. Learn about the different courses offered, their reputations, the student body, the resources, the faculty. Find a law school that you feel will be a good fit for you.
Applying to Law School Tip # 2
Start Your Law School Application Early
When it comes to tips for applying to law school, this is by far one of the most simple yet important. Procrastination never pays. Even if you’re like me and tend to work better under pressure, it’s far better to have your application ready for submission sat least a month before the initial due date so long as you’re in a position to do so.
By completing your law school application early, you’ll have more time to review it and add any information later on without the stress.
Applying to Law School Tip # 3
Develop Relationships with Professors/Colleagues Early
Your letter of recommendation is a key factor for law school. Don’t be the person who waits until 6 months before it’s time to apply to start developing a relationship with a professor or anyone else for a letter of recommendation.
Whether it be professors, a boss, or research colleague, begin developing relationships early. This will not only help get a better letter of recommendation, but will also open up much more opportunity in general.
Applying to Law School Tip #4
Be Aware of Your Competition
While it’s important to focus on completing the best law school application you can, don’t forget about the fact that there are tens of thousands of other law school applicants. It’s important your application stands out.
We cover this more in detail in our “How to Stand Out/Fit In” article, but the general idea is with your law school application, you want to be aware of whether you need to show you stay out or fit in ink regards to the law school and environment.
Maybe it’s your perfect UGPA or stellar LSAT score. Maybe it’s your extracurriculars or leadership skills. Whatever it may be, make sure law schools know that you will not only be a great student, but a great addition to the law school overall.
Applying to Law School Tip #5
With social media and online law school forums, it’s very easy to get in touch with current or former law school students if you don’t already know any. Talk to them and ask if they have any advice about applying to law school.
Applying to Law School Tip #6
Check Law School Sites/Speak with Admissions
This may come as a surprise, but law schools don’t always want applying to their law school and the necessary credentials to be this big mystery
Check the law school websites your interested in. Read about what they value, their goals and missions as a law school, and if they state anything they specifically want to see from a law school applicant.
When you apply or interview, have your law school application reflect your law school’s values and what they believe in.
Obviously, having a great UGPA, LSAT score, life experience, and extracurriculars are the most important factors, but when it comes to applying to law school, never underestimate the value in showing a law school you took the time to actually learn about the school and what they value.
Applying to Law School Tip #7
Follow Our Advice
We made this site specifically with the goal of having the top advice for applying to law school, preparing for law school, and getting into the best law school possible all in one location. Sure, some advice may work better for you than other advice on here, but our advice is designed based on not only what works for applying to law school, but why it works.
Read through our site, take what works for you, and use it for your benefit.
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Tips for Applying to Law School Recap
- Research the Law Schools
- Start Your Law School Application Early
- Develop Relationships with Professors/Colleagues Early
- Be Aware of Your Competition
- Get Social
- Check Law School Sites/Speak with Admissions
- Follow Our Advice
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