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Brought to you by Career Services and the Pre-Law Advisor
Take some interest assessments Conduct research on legal careers Investigate online resources Intern, extern, or shadow law professionals Conduct informational interviews Speak with both satisfied and dissatisfied lawyers Discuss law school with alumnae or current students Take a position as a legal assistant, research assistant, or paralegal
Average starting salary $86,396; median salary 65,750. 11% of salaries were below $40,000 Salaries of more than 75,000 accounted for nearly 43% of salaries reported About 27% took positions in public service, including judicial clerkships, government agencies, and public interest orgs. Aprox. 56% of the class chose private practice in law firms. Graduates entering business accounted for about 14% Approximately 23% of graduates were employed in positions for which bar passage is not required
Developing skills Selecting a major Compiling an impressive record Other activities
National/Regional schools Faculty Facilities and resources Student body Special programs Career services Student life Costs
Schools with reputations that tend to appear in various “top ten” lists. Schools with good regional reputations Local schools Check out the Official Guide to ABA- Approved Law Schools
The Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools 2010 NALP-The Association for Legal Career Professionals Catalogs and bulletins The NAPLA/SAPLA Book of Law School Lists Various Law School Days SBC Alumnae lists – Legal, etc.
Objective CriteriaSubjective Criteria Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Undergraduate grade Point Average (GPA) Applicant Index Personal Statement Letters of Recommendation Experience Various recruitment programs, i.e. Minority, etc.
LSAT Applying to Law School Take the LSAT the Summer or Fall of the year you apply
Organizes and analyzes applicant information in a way that allows law schools to compare academic records from undergraduate schools that use different grading systems. A law school report is compiled: A year by year grade and credit summary Photocopies of transcripts Your GPA for each academic year, your degree A description of your overall grade distribution The mean LSAT score and GPA of students at your school who have subscribed to the LSDAS and your percentile rank among those students Up to 12 LSAT scores, including cancellations and absences An average LSAT score, if you have more than one score on file Copies of LSAT writing sample
You can apply to any ABA approved law school through the LSDAS electronic applications at the LSAC website. You can also complete applications located on websites of law schools or call those schools for hard copies Applications are straight forward; be truthful and forthright; enclose a resume but do not use as a substitute for responding to questions.
Background, personal qualities, leadership; skills, motivation to learn Highlight and expand on what is important in your life; select significant events and experiences that demonstrate growth, change, persistence, distinctive qualities Two double spaced pages, if no guidelines on length Serious, honest, sincere, confident. If you are addressing a specific school it is imperative that you demonstrate knowledge of the school and its programs, faculty, etc. and why you connect with it. Follow good essay writing guidelines. The thesis is why law school is for you.
1 to 2 letters of recommendation Faculty letters carry the most weight – Your academic potential Cover sheet – courses, research, experience, etc. Copy of your transcript A draft of your personal statement A resume Copies of exams/papers in his/her class Recommendation forms from LSAC or the law schools Stamped envelopes addressed to LSAC or to the schools A list of dates when recommendations are due
8 – 12 law schools A couple of stretch, several where you have a good chance, a sufficient number that you have at least one school you would like to attend Submit applications by early November if possible Start early Make realistic choices on schools Read information provided by schools very carefully Follow directions Print applications to use as drafts Provide complete and accurate responses Make copies of completed Applications Submit fees with applications Respect deadlines
Write a letter to the director of Admissions If the school is your first choice, state that if accepted you will attend If you are a senior, inform the school of accomplishments since you applied, ex. Completed honors thesis, Phi Beta Kappa, etc. If you are working, include an updated resume, describe any worthwhile activities. Send an additional letter of recommendation, do not exceed four, however. Visit the law school; demonstrate your interest, take a tour, sit in on a class, talk to faculty, admissions folks.
Devote more time and energy to academics during your senior year Your entire academic record will be available to schools not just six or seven semesters You may just need a rest after 4 rigorous academic years You can gain professional experience and/or test drive a legal career by working as a legal assistant or paralegal.
Personal Savings/Family support Federal Loans Private loans Grants and scholarships Earnings Frugality Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1