Applying to Law School
Law School Applications
Once you have decided to go to law school, it is important to familiarize yourself with the application process.
Personal Statement Workshop--This PowerPoint presentation provides helpful guidelines for creating a strong personal statement for law school.
When should I take the exam?
The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) four times a year – February, June, September, December. You can take the test 3 times in two years (score cancellation counts as taking the test). The June test is the only test nationally given on Sunday. For the Sabbath Observer Letter for all other test administration, please contact the Wilf or Beren Office of the Registrar.
The GRE Test is administered at over 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. Because it's a computer-administered test, in most places it's continuously offered throughout the year. The GRE is only accepted by some law schools, so please make sure to check before using this as your only test.
Should I take a prep course?
Many students wonder whether to take an LSAT or GRE preparation course. Although studies from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) show that the average LSAT score of commercial test-prep course users is less than a single point higher than that of non-users, a test prep course can give you the external structure to help you study and develop confidence in your test-taking ability.
Here are several helpful websites to help you decide:
- LSAT or GRE? The Admissions Test Debate, By Christian Nolan
- Taking the GRE® General Test for Law School
- Educational Testing Service for the GRE Test
- GRE® Comparison Tool for Law Schools
- GRE vs. LSAT: Answers from the Deans on GRE, Admissions, Advice, LSAT
- Considering Law School: Undergraduates Should Contemplate This Advice, By Prof. Michael L. Fox and Joel B. Strauss, New York State Bar Association, September 2018
- Make an appointment with a pre-law advisor
- Create a student account on the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. There you can register for the LSAT exam and for the Credential Assembly Services (CAS). The LSAC's CAS online service is the site use to apply to law schools. Rather than sending transcripts and letters of recommendation to each individual school to which you are applying, you are only require to send the materials to CAS, which is will then compile and send all of your required materials to the law schools. Once created, your online file is good for up to 5 years.
- It is recommended to take the LSATS in June of your junior year, or no later than September/October of your senior year if you plan to attend law school after graduation.
- You will also need to prepare the following for your applications:
- Personal Statement
- Transcript - If you would like to request a transcript for the LSAC, please request a paper copy of your transcript (DO NOT request an electronic copy -- on the “Personal Information” page of the transcript request, choose NO when asked whether you are ordering an electronic transcript). Make sure to attach your LSAC Transcript Request Form to your transcript request.
- Letters of Recommendation
- LSAT Score(s)
- If needed: Dean's Certification can be obtained by completing the required forms and emailing them to Nicholas Pisirikos (Wilf) or Miriam Schechter (Beren.)
Law School in Israel: Nefesh B’Nefesh
Law School in Canada:
- LSAC Guide to Canadian Law Schools - https://www.lsac.org/jd/choosing-a-law-school/canadian
- Power Score Page - https://www.powerscore.com/lawschool/canadian.cfm
- Canadian Bar Association - https://www.cba.org/Home
Pre-law or law students are eligible to apply for the following national competitive programs. Selection committees for these programs expect to see an excellent academic record and sustained involvement in extracurricular activities with evidence of leadership a real plus. For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Other Award Resources (SOAR) Website.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship - awarded to students planning a career related to environmental public policy. Applied for during sophomore or junior year; provides $5,000 per year for the junior and/or senior year of college. Deadline is early March.
Truman Scholarship - awarded to students planning a career in government or public service. This $30,000 scholarship is applied for during junior year; the campus deadline for applying is mid-November. The majority of the award is to support graduate study.
Soros Fellowship for New Americans - provides $20,000 per year, plus half the cost of tuition for 2 -3 years of graduate school. Applied for in the senior year or during the first year of graduate study.
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship - awarded to graduating seniors or recent graduates' provides $50,000 per year for up to six years of graduate study.
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest - Open to juniors and seniors; several prizes are awarded - first prize is $5,000.