Most people have an idea of how tremendously difficult it is to get through law school, but they underestimate how challenging it is just to actually get into law school. It’s a very extensive application process, and if you don’t know where to start, it can be almost dizzying. That’s why you need some tips and tricks on how to break it all down and make sure you do it all right. Here is how to simplify the law school application process.
Talk to a Counselor
The first thing you want to do is talk to a counselor at just about any law school program. They will be able to give you all the information you need about applying to law schools so you know where to find all the hoops that you will be jumping through. This will be your opportunity to ask all the questions that you have about the expectations of a law student as well.
Create a Master Checklist
Once you know what’s expected of you, you’re going to have to make a master checklist for yourself. The time spent preparing to send out your applications will be anywhere from 6 months to a year, so you will need to be working with this checklist for a very long time. You want to set dates for each item on the list so that you can tackle it all within the time limit that you’ve set for yourself.
Get Your Letters of Recommendation Early
Most people usually need a year or two after completing their bachelor’s degree before they feel ready to apply for law schools. Unfortunately, if you don’t ask for letters of recommendation before you graduate from college, you may run the risk of losing touch with your professors, or even being forgotten. That’s why you should always make sure to connect with a few of your professors and ask them for letters of recommendation well before the end of your senior year if you can.
Study for the LSAT
The Law School Admission Test is a strenuous and extensive examination that you will need to pass in order to qualify for law schools. You should basically start studying for this test the moment you decide that you want to go to law school. You can buy books, take classes, or hire a tutor, but you are going to need to find a way to master the material that will be covered in the LSAT.
Talk to Law School Alumni
One of the best ways to determine whether or not you are ready for law school (and what it will take to get there) is to talk to law school alumni. You can ask them about how they went about applying to RU Online or Cornell University, and if they ran into any particularly challenging obstacles along the way. This is often the best way to avoid some of the major pitfalls and give yourself a much clearer idea of the road that lies ahead as you start applying to law school.