LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
Most of the law school admissions information is usually available in the respective websites of the law school you wish to join. However, there is common information (core components) which is available especially online. Ensure you read through each school’s application instructions very carefully.
The key information includes:
Application Forms: This is a multi-page form that requires you to fill details such as personal (name, date of birth, education, and past work experience). Additionally, academic background and character fitness. Majority if not all application forms are available online or on the school’s webpage. Where there is an addendum on character and fitness, you are required to disclose any past misconduct under the academic and criminal category.
LSAT Scores: This is majorly a mandatory entrance exam for almost all law school applicants. Hence, you will be required to have registered for this test online through LSAC.org. So, it is very important to sufficiently prepare for LSAT as it is a major determinant. Never sit for it if you are not prepared as all your previous scores are available for schools to view.
Official Transcripts: during the application process you will need to submit official copies of your transcripts from every institution you have attended and received credit. The transcripts relate to degrees, study abroad programs, summer schools among others. If you have completed graduate work, the transcripts are required for review.
Personal Statement: this is another key determinant that allows you to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee through a statement/ essay that demonstrates your background, experience, accomplishments as well as career aspirations. Unlike in your LSAT scores and transcripts where your grades are already cast in stone, you need to get creative with your personal statement to redeem and shine yourself.
Resume/ CV: Some schools might require you to submit a resume. This is also another opportunity to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee and a chance to demonstrate who you are and what you have accomplished. It is an exceptional opportunity to show who you are and why you are a great candidate for that particular law school.
Recommendation Letters: In an ideal situation, they should be both academic and professional. They should come from professors as opposed to teaching assistants if possible. Notably, make sure your recommender has sufficient time to write a strong recommendation letter for you.
Essays (optional): There are some schools that may request you to submit one or more additional essays. Mostly such essays focus on topics such as the diversity (diversity statement) or challenges you have faced and the lessons learnt or contributions towards your community. This is a great opportunity to make your application stand out.
A Writing Sample: this is for the admissions committee to evaluate your basic writing skills aside from the LSAT.
For International Students, you might be required to submit English Proficiency Exam. It can either be Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This is essential if English is not your native language. Each school has its own standards or minimum necessary scores. It is important that you take this standardized test.