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How to Get into Law School

Law school admission requires careful, strategic planning – let these steps be among the first challenges you rise to.


  • Step 1: Complete your undergrad degree with a good GPA Make sure your undergraduate degree is complete, and you have a good grade point average.
  • Step 2: Get three or four recommendations Get three or four recommendations in writing.
  • TIP: Get to know your professors, particularly those you plan to ask for a recommendation.
  • Step 3: Locate an LSAT preparation course Conduct an internet search to locate an LSAT prep program. They’re offered regionally, as well as online.
  • Step 4: Practice, practice, and more practice Practice, practice, practice. LSAT exams do not test for law knowledge; they test for analytical and critical thinking
  • TIP: The majors most frequently recommended for law school are English or literature, history, philosophy, and political science.
  • Step 5: Research law schools While you’re waiting for your LSAT results, research law schools and begin the application process.
  • Step 6: Work carefully on the application essays Work hard and carefully on the application essays. Most admissions require high scores on the essay results, and lengthy essays.
  • FACT: Did you know? As of 2009, the state of New York had the most active resident lawyers, at 153,552. North Dakota has the fewest, with 1,381.

You Will Need

  • An undergraduate degree
  • A high grade point average
  • Letters of recommendation
  • LSAT prep materials
  • A computer with internet access
  • Essay-writing skills
  • A liberal arts major (optional)

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