Applying to Law School

 Besides the undergraduate transcript, most law school applications contain several other segments that should be noted: 

  1. The first is some sort of personal statement explaining why the applicant wishes to attend law school, including—perhaps--some past experiences that contributed to it.  As law school admission personnel read these essays with some care, they should be written in the same manner.  
  2. Second are at least one or two recommendations from faculty, or employers, or individuals who can provide insights into the applicant as an individual.  Students should give serious thought to who they select as their letter writers.  If at all possible, the faculty member should know the applicant well enough as a student to be able to assess, candidly his/her intellectual potential for the study of law.   Simply giving an A in a large course with virtually no personal contact between the professor and student is not a sufficient basis for a recommendation.
  3. The third part of the application is the required Law School Admissions Test, or the LSAT.  A standardized test, it is the sine qua non for all law school applicants, and along with the undergraduate transcript constitutes the two most important parts of the application.   Most law schools decline to state which is more important in terms of admission—the academic GPA, or the LSAT score.  However, it would appear that an outstanding GPA will help to offset a mediocre LSAT score, while an outstanding LSAT score will not offset an unimpressive  GPA.