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Answers To The Most Frequently-Asked Questions About Applying To Law School

1-What should my major be as an undergraduate?
There are very few areas of law that require a specific undergraduate degree. Students should major in anything that they excel at and enjoy. By doing this, their grades are more likely to be higher, which will improve their chances of being accepted into the school of their choice. In addition, it gives them other options if they decide to forgo law school.

2-What is the LSAT?
It is a five-part test made up of any combination of logic, reasoning, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension. In addition, a writing sample is required. Each part to the test is 35 minutes long.

3-How is the LSAT scored?
The test is scored on a range from 120 to 180. All scores expire after five years. Applicants can only take the test three times in two years, unless they have the permission of an ABA-accredited law school.
If you take the LSAT more than once, law schools have the option of either taking the highest score or an average of the tests.

4-Can I cancel an LSAT score?
A person can cancel the score of the test but has only up to 6 days after the test to decide. This decision should only be made with the help of an academic advisor.

5-How often is the test given?
The test is scheduled four times a year: June, September/October, December and February.

6-When & how should I apply to take the LSAT?
Applications are normally available after the February test. It is most efficient to apply online.

7-How do I prepare for the LSAT?
There are three common ways to prepare: individually, LSAT prep classes or LSAT tutor. You should customize these options to your needs.

8-What about a letter of recommendation?
Law schools will ask for a range of one letter to an unlimited total, but generally one to three is sufficient. If the applicant is a current student, the letter should come from a faculty member or advisor who knows the student well enough to address their readiness for law school.

9-What is a personal statement?
Personal statements should be written to address the law school’s requirements. Many schools will ask the applicant to address why they want to be a lawyer and why this particular school is of interest to them. Other schools do not give guidelines and ask the students to write about their topic of choice. It is vital to follow their instructions explicitly.

10. Definitions
-Law School Admission Test
LSAC-Law School Admission Council
LSDAS-Law School Data Assembly Service
ABA-American Bar Association
Law School Report-one-page report sent to each law school about applicant

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