How to Prepare for Law School in the USA
The school of law admission process is a rigorous undertaking that tests the commitment and focus of any undergraduate. It’s a challenge for sure, but you’re up for it. To help, here’s a “how-to” guide for planning for the process, preparing your materials and getting into the law school of your choice.
Getting Into Law School
Law schools are becoming more and more competitive each year, as they have begun to see a rise in applications. Students should prepare early for law school by trying to get the best grades they can in every course. This starts from the day they enter college until the day they leave. Another way that students should prepare for law schools by studying very hard for the LSAT exam. The LSAT is the entrance exam to law school is the entrance exam for undergraduate students.
Integrate extracurricular activities
While good grades are essential, you want to present yourself as a well-rounded candidate, so plan to get involved in some extracurricular activities. Limit the number of groups you join. The depth of your involvement is much more important than the number of activities in which you are involved.
Explore all of your options-affinity clubs, intramural sports, service organizations-then commit to two or three that you really connect with. Keep track of your hours of involvement because the applications often ask you to specify how many hours you spent on each activity per week.
You will be assigned significant reading throughout law school, often hundreds of dense pages per week. In college, some students got away with skimming (or skipping) the assigned reading, but in law school, you need to do all of the reading and fully understand the concepts because you are often tested on concepts that were included in the reading but never discussed in class.
Consider taking a speed-reading course. Be sure that the course focuses on how to absorb information efficiently, rather than how to read as fast as possible without fully digesting the material.
Make a Study Plan
Since you are graded based solely on a final exam, procrastination represents a serious risk and is the top explanation for poor law school performance. Create a plan to avoid this temptation.
A couple of weeks before you start classes, make a plan or calendar that will keep you on top of your studies: reserve time for class, at-home reading and outside activities. You must make plan and be whistleblower always when you want to change it. You can always amend it once school starts and you have a more concrete idea of your time commitments.
Seek Advice from Current and Former Students
Current students or recent graduates know what you are about to experience better than anyone. Advice from recent law school students will be infinitely more valuable than that from individuals who graduated 20 or more years ago as law school has evolved significantly.
If you made any contacts while you were visiting campuses or have friends who recently finished their first year, check in with them. Thank them for any previous information they have offered and ask if they have any additional thoughts to share.