Applying To Law School

Checklist for Applying to Law School

  • Most law schools require the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • Register to take the test by going to www.lsac.org. There is a fee to take this test.
  • The LSAT is offered four times: June, September/October, December, and February.
  • It is best to take the LSAT no later than the fall in which you are applying.
  • We do not endorse any specific prep course but encourage you to research them to determine which one, if any, is the best one for you.
  • The ThinkTank offers test prep services for the LSAT and GRE

  • You must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at www.lsac.org. There is a fee for this service to generate your Master Report.
  • You must purchase a copy of this report for each law school to which you are applying.
  • Your transcripts, LSAT score, and letters of recommendation are all sent to CAS.
  • You need to request an official copy of your transcript from every collegiate-level institution you have attended. This is accomplished by printing a transcript request form from LSAC and submitting it with your request to each of these institutions. They will send it to CAS.
  • When schools receive your application, they will contact CAS for a copy of your Master Report.
  • Send updated transcripts to CAS when new grades are posted.

  • You need to print out the LOR form from CAS and give one to each recommender. They, in turn, send their letter, with the form to CAS.
  • This process can also be completed electronically. Visit the LSAC website for details including the number of LOR each school requires/accepts as well as evaluations.

  • A resume should be sent with each application unless the law school states not to send one.
  • Submit your resume by attaching it to your electronic LSAC application.

  • The emphasis is on personal. Tell your story, strengths, and/or what you want the law school to know about you.
  • Start with the Writing Center before you draft your personal statement and seek out multiple draft reviewers.
  • Law schools want to see commitment and follow-through. If they let you in, they want to know you will stay to earn your J.D.
  • Demonstrate why a law school should take you over all other applicants, what distinguishes you from the group, and what you will add to the class.
  • Requirements for the statement will vary by school.
  • Submit your personal statement by attaching it to your electronic LSAC application.

  • LSAC has compiled all the applications for every ABA-approved law school in the country on the web. Your CAS registration gives you access to this online service.
  • You can go online, click on a school, fill out their application, electronically attach your personal statement, resume, and any addenda, and submit your application. When LSAC receives it, they print out a copy and send it to each school.
  • Some schools have a “Dean’s Certification Form.” If needed, it will be indicated in the school’s application instructions and a form to print will be provided. Contact the UA Dean of Students Office for more information about this process.

Addenda should be attached to applications when there is a discrepancy that requires an explanation (e.g. your GPA does not reflect your true academic abilities).

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