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Who Should Apply to Law School?

Your exploration in the field of law may include considering different undergraduate majors and minors.

Students interested in applying to law school should begin thinking about it when they declare a major or minor while in college. Law schools look for diversity in their entering class, so almost any major is acceptable. While in college, students should strive to earn the highest grade point average (GPA) possible, since the undergraduate GPA, coupled with the LSAT score, constitute the largest criteria for getting accepted into law school. Business majors who are serious about their studies and achieve competitively high grades will be considered for admission into law school. Economics is also great major for law school. Pre-law majors, such as Political Science or Criminal Justice, indicate that the student has an interest in the subject. But law schools will not accept all pre-law majors. Law schools will very carefully scrutinize pre-law grades. Science majors with good GPAs are particularly attractive to law schools because of the rigor in achieving a high GPA in the science field. However, a low GPA in a science major may indicate that the student could not get into medical school, leaving law school as a second choice. A Fine Arts major indicates the student is a creative thinker, but grades need to be kept high. Evidence of a thesis or an internship would be helpful to all student s. Students in any major can improve their chances by showing in their application materials that they are well rounded students. Law schools are very interested in students’ ability to write, so including experience writing for the school newspaper or getting some research published would be impressive. The best way is to demonstrate that you are serious about your goals and able to balance your goals with other interests. Undergraduate seniors should apply to law schools in November.

How Do I Succeed on the LSAT?

All law school applicants must take the LSAT exam and register with Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Properly preparing for the LSAT exam is the key to relieving stress and improving your chances of doing well on the exam. One of the most common mistakes students make is not setting enough time aside to prepare for the LSAT. Familiarizing yourself with the format of the LSAT will make it easier for you to transition from practice questions to the real test. A good preparation program can be helpful to you in studying for the LSAT. Googling LSAT prep classes can help you find specialized courses offered from $1,500 to $7,000. Practicing is the key and sample tests are available from the LSAC. When you are ready to register for the LSAT, you can do so online once you have found the test locations and dates that fit your schedule (see LSAT and LSAT Schedule). June is the most popular test date and some experts recommend that you take the LSAT in June between your junior and senior year. To do so, you must register to take the LSAT in March of your junior year. However, you may want to consider the early admissions deadlines at your favorite law schools and allow enough time to take the LSAT a second time and still have your application package into the school by the early admission deadline.

Where is the LSAT given?

There are many test centers located across the country, several of which are located in the St. Louis area.

When Should I Apply to Law School?

Early admissions candidates have a greater chance of success. Try to have your completed application in first. Depending on your career and geographic preferences, you may want to attend a local law school or a higher tier law school with a national reputation. If you already know that you want to remain in this area, research local accredited law schools. If you know you want specialized programs like intellectual property law, securities law, or employment law, research schools with highly regarded faculty in the field. Then narrow your list based on your chances of admission. You must set up an LSAC account (LSAC) to apply to law schools and this will inform you of deadlines. Fee schedules are also important dates to remember. Visit schools that are of interest to you. You must keep your transcripts, LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statement prepared and current in your LSAC file.

How Much Can I Earn?

Locally, an entry level attorney can expect a beginning salary of $40,000-57,000. Starting salaries in larger cities are over $100,000. Your law school grades, summer employment as a law student, clerkships, specialization, networking ability, and references increase your earning potential. Southeast has many graduates who have earned their business degree, earned a law degree, and are successfully practicing law today. You can Facebook them on the Business Law at Southeast page.