So you want to go to law school?
Deciding on whether to go to law school is a decision that only you can make. Listed below are resources that answer some common questions of prospective law school students.
Law School FAQ’s
Is law school right for you? What do law schools really want? How can you choose the right law school for you?
How can I prepare myself for law school?
The UIS Pre-Law Center offers an LSAT Prep Course each spring and fall. The course, which meets three consecutive Saturdays in September or April, is designed to assist students in preparing to take the LSAT. Registration is currently open for the next course, which will meet Saturdays September 6, 13, and 20 on the UIS Campus. The course is open to all interested parties, not just UIS students. Cost is $195.00 for small-classroom, personalized instruction and advising. More info can be found on the registration flyer: LSAT Trifold Flyer 2014.
Some schools offer law school preparation summer programs. See below for a partial list:
Florida State Law’s 2014 Summer for Undergraduates Program—an intensive, four-week program that provides interested students with an inside look at law school and the legal profession.
This program will run from May 19th to June 12th, 2014, and applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 28, 2014. Students can access additional information about the program, including a downloadable application, frequently asked questions, and a sample schedule from the Florida State university College of Law website at www.law.fsu.edu/slp.
Law School Podcaster is a new podcast program providing information, insight and advice on the law school admissions process. You can listen to shows from the website at http://www.lawschoolpodcaster.com/podcasts.asp and they will also be available on iTunes and other podcast directories.
The goal of the new law school podcast is to deliver relevant information through regular audio segments for those planning to apply to law school. Topics cover everything a law school applicant wants to know, including a detailed behind-the-scenes view of the admissions process, post-law school job opportunities and current market trends.
Guests include law school deans, faculty, authors, consultants, recruiters, alumni and current students. Law School Podcaster has already been featured as a “New and Notable” podcast in the Business/Careers category on iTunes.
Trials is a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated college students of modest means gain admission to the nation’s leading law schools.
For five weeks in July and August, Trials students take residence at Harvard or New York University. The residency alternates from year to year, with Harvard hosting the program in 2009, and NYU Law hosting in 2010.
Philip G. Hubbard
Law School Preparation Program (PLUS)
The University of Iowa College of Law, with generous support from the Law School Admissions Council and the University of Iowa, is pleased to offer the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program (PLUS). This program seeks to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring students from groups historically under-represented in the law to become lawyers and by providing them with the skills and assistance that will strengthen their preparation for law school.
Program participants will live in a dormitory on the campus of The University of Iowa. Participants selected for the program will receive a stipend, free room and a meal card; some assistance for travel expenses may also be available upon request. Since this is an intensive program, participants must be available full-time throughout the program and the stipend is intended to enable full-time study.
The Chicago-Kent PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous four-week program is designed to provide students with a “taste” of the law school experience. The program is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from disadvantaged groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.
The PLUS program is a four-week summer institute which will: (1) introduce participants to law school and the legal profession; (2) provide participants with substantive skills to strengthen their preparation for law school; and (3) educate and prepare participants for the law school application and admission process. Students must attend all classes and participate in all program activities to receive a stipend. Because this is a full-time commitment, students must agree to not work outside of the program.
The PLUS program targets college students who have just completed either their first, second or third year in college. All students are encouraged to apply who will not have received their bachelors degree by the start of the program, but preference will be given to those who will have completed their first and second years of college by the start of the program. Students who have already completed a bachelors degree are not eligible for the program.
Where should you attend law school?
There are a number of factors that determine where you attend law school. If you are interested in law school rankings, one place to look is U.S. News and World Report.
Though the above link may be a good start, there are other ways to determine which law school is right for you.
The University of Illinois offers law school college and university rankings.
Boston College offers a matrix that coordinates LSAT scores with GPA. This is intended to give you an idea of what some law school standards are, but it is not finite! Do not let this matrix stop you from applying to your law school of choice!
Only you can determine which law school is right for you. Whether you are interested in a certain part of the country or certain legal discipline, only you can decide the law school that meets your individual needs.