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Pre-law: LSATs & Applications

Pre-Law Guide created to enable students interested in law school and a legal education.

LSATs & Applications

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a source of suffering for many prospective law school students and is held several times a year. There are many resources to help study and prepare yourself for the test, including paid classes that teach you parts of the exam. There are some schools that accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) instead, but many schools still require a LSAT score be sent to them. Along with the LSAT score common elements of a law school application are the application form, resume, personal statement, undergraduate transcripts, recommendation letters and additional information that can be included to explain a bad GPA or LSAT score under extenuating circumstances.  

LSAT Information

Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)

Makers and administrators of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Applications to many ABA accredited law schools go through the LSAC website. They also host different law school forums around the United States.

Khan Academy LSAT Prep

In collaboration with the LSAC company makers of the LSATs Khan Academy offers free official LSAT prep online, including a diagnostic test, overview of the test and resources for each test section.

Barron’s LSAT by Bobrow, Jerry; Covino, William A.; Zandy, Bernard V.

Physical Resource – Buley Library

Description: “The manual presents test-taking advice in the form of a detailed 5-step approach to the LSAT, an actual exam used to diagnose weak areas, and wide-ranging practice and review that covers all three of the LSAT's main sections: Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.”

Application Information

Applying to Law School – LSAC

Many schools require applications to go through a secure LSAC account. Whether through LSAC or applying to law school individually, this page describes the process of applying and provides a checklist for the application project.

Essays that Worked for Law Schools: 35 Essays from Successful Applications to the Nation’s Top Law Schools by Curry, Boykin

Physical Resource – Buley Library

Description: “Each law school applicant gets only one chance to distinguish himself or herself from the pack: the law school application essay. In the essay, you can spotlight the qualities you possess that transcripts and LSAT scores don't reveal. This inspiring book demonstrates that winning essays come in a variety of styles and voices, and includes what are considered some of the best by admissions officers at the nation's top law schools.”