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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Nov 11, 2013

Law school often sounds like a daunting academic challenge that many attempt, but few succeed in. While it does take some tremendous studying, planning, and time a career in law can be fulfilling and rewarding.

 

A little background: there are no pre-requisites for law school, if this decision to become a lawyer was a recent discovery, then you are in luck! Some of the majors who are highly preferred include journalism, economics, and philosophy. The more critical thinking and reading is involved in your major usually makes for a better case to law schools.

For undergraduates, it is important to maintain a very high GPA of at least 3.42. If you are hoping to make into an Ivy League school, be prepared to show them a 3.85-3.9 upon application. These schools also look at your extracurricular activities, to see if you are ambitious outside of academia. Interning is another great way to show your professionalism, even if you do not have a law-related internship.

Preparing for the entry test, otherwise known as the LSAT is no small feat; many people prepare and study 1-2 years before taking the exam. There are many LSAT preparation classes, which you may take, alongside study guides, and practice tests.  While you are studying, it is also wise to make sure you have everything you need to take the actual test.

 

The LSAT takes about half a day and is made up of standardized testing questions designed to really put your critical thinking and reasoning skills to the test.  Be sure to bring pencils and a sharpener when you show up, as they may also allow analog watches in the test taking area.

 

When you are looking for a law school, check out each school’s specifications; are you looking to practice family law? Then be sure to find a school that carries expertise in that area, the same goes with other fields. You can apply using your Law School Admission Council (LSAC) account, which you create when signing up for the LSAT.  You may always retake the test, should you not score well; remember: if at first you do not succeed, try, try again!