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how hard is it to get into a law school after completing your bachelors

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Thank you comment icon I am not a lawyer, nor have I ever considered law school. I can tell you that after graduating with your bachelors, you take the Law School Admissions Test - the LSAT. I believe this has a bigger impact on your law school admissions than anything else. Think of it like the ACT/SAT for law school. Taking a prep class for the LSAT would be a very good idea. I'm not sure of the rest of the process...if there are interviews, essays, or what. You should have an advisor at your college/university who can also help answer questions and guide you. Fred Rosenberger

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Brigid’s Answer

Hi! I have attended law school. I took the LSAT during my final year of college. I studied after class and a little bit on the weekend. It is a multiple choice test with some essays, so with practice, it is not too bad. I bought a prep book and took lots of practice tests. There are lots of law schools in the USA, so I would not say law school admission is as competitive as medical school admission. There aI did not take time off to work between college and law school - however if I could go back and do it again, I would highly recommend it.
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Christopher’s Answer

It all depends on what law school you want to attend. And that is driven by what type of lawyer you want to be. I would focus n what type of law appeals to you, and then look at the best schools for that area. the vast majority of corporate lawyers were hired from a highly rated private firm. These firms exclusively recruit from the the top 10% of law schools. And you need a very high LSAT and College GPA to gain admittance to Harvard / Yale / Columbia / Stanford/ Duke /U Chicago / Berkeley etc. These highly rated schools also are better at placing students into desirable internships and clerkships, which greatly enhance you chances of landing a coveted job after graduation. Other less prestigious law schools may excel in a particular area of law, like environmental law. Northeastern University in Boston has a very strong coop program, which gives the graduates an edge in hiring. If you are interested in Intellectual Property law, the best way to get a job is to major in a scientific discipline in undergrad, like life sciences or hi tech. Or if the arts is your passion, have a strong background in that. Lastly, the most common path to a criminal law practice is to start as a prosecutor. Theses jobs have a lesser requirement that you graduate for one of the highly rated schools, and are a function of your internship experience and political connections.

Christopher recommends the following next steps:

Define what area of law you want to focus on.
Understand what background you need to be bets qualified to land a job in this area of practice.
Identify the schools that best qualify you.
Visit those school and talk to their admissions department.
Find lawyers in the field of practice you like and talk to them. Use LinkedIn, or your state bar association.
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hey there! I am currently applying for law school. When applying, it is important to remember that the two most influential aspects of your application are your LSAT score and college GPA. Other components include your personal statement, application essays, and letters of recommendation. Try to apply early in the cycle (before November) to get an early advantage on the competition. Most colleges have a pre-law advisor to help answer your questions. Khan Academy offers free LSAT prep and The LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim is especially helpful.
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