Applying to law school is a lengthy process that begins at least two years before classes actually begin. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) administers the LSAT and serves as the liaison between the applicant and law schools. The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) centralizes and standardizes undergraduate academic records, and prepares a report for each law school that you're applying to for admissions.
Most law schools have their own application requirements and deadlines, so visit their Web sites and make sure you set up a system to keep you on track. Here's a brief checklist of the steps:
- Prepare for the LSAT
- Research law schools and application deadlines
- Visit the schools you're interested in, if possible
- Register for the LSAT and set up your online LSAC account
- Have your official transcript sent to the LSAC
- Ask for letters of recommendation and have them sent to the LSAC or to the school
- Take the LSAT
- Have your scores and academic summary report (multiple calculations of your GPA, compared to that of other applicants from your school) sent to the schools where you apply
- Schedule personal interviews that may be required by the school
- Use LSAC to monitor your file status and acceptances
Stack the odds in your favor. Examine the average LSAT and grade point average (GPA) ranges at the schools you're interested in. Choose several competitive schools with average scores in your range, some "safety schools" that fall below your range and one or two "reach" schools above it.
Tailor your application and personal essay to showcase why your background or aspirations make you an excellent choice for the law programs you choose.