THE LAW SCHOOL OPTION
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF ACADEMIC ADVISING
MARY C. SAVAGE, ESQ.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Introduction 1
II. Prelaw Preparation 2
A. Academic Record 2
B. Work/Internship Experience 3
C. Extracurricular Activities 3
III. A Suggested Calendar 4
IV. The Application Process 5
A. The Law School Admission Test 6
B. Preparing for the LSAT 7
C. Law School Recommendations 8
Starting a Prelaw File 8
Prelaw File Checklist 9
D. The Art of Gathering Recommendations 10
E. The Essay 11
V. The Acceptance 12
A. Choosing a Law School 12
B. Early Decision 14
C. Deferred Admission 14
D. Delayed Application 14
E. Financial Aid 15
F. Bar Requirements 15
G. Joint Degree Programs 16
H. Placement After Law School 16
VI. Pre-Law Reading List 16
Whether you have decided to apply to law school or are just considering
law school as one of many possible options upon graduation, this
booklet should be of use to you. What follows is a discussion of
the ways in which you can prepare yourself for law school, the mechanics
of applying and what you can expect once you are there.
It is possible that you have only a vague desire to attend law
school but have heard that it is a good preparation for almost any
career. On the other hand, your personal ambitions may be more refined,
yet you still may be incorrectly assuming that law school is a necessary
stepping stone to your goals. There is a wide range of fields such
as public policy, urban and regional planning, criminal justice,
social work and others that are law-related, but for which a legal
education may not be necessary or the most appropriate training.
Why Law School? Before choosing law as a career, it is important
to decide why you are choosing to be a lawyer as well as to know
what a lawyer actually does. If you have had a legal internship,
you probably have considered both of these issues.
You may realize that the practice of law involves a great deal
of research and detail. Many lawyers think of it as fitting pieces
into a gigantic puzzle. A legal practice today is a business as
well as profession. It involves billing in tenths of an hour, getting
clients, working successfully with support staff, associates and
partners, marketing yourself and your firm, and continually keeping
abreast of the changes in the field.
You may not realize that the profession usually demands long hours.
If you want to have ample time for leisure and family, law may not
be the best choice for you. You do not, of course, have to work
70 hour weeks, but if you do not, you may not climb the partnership
ladder. Know what is important to you. Being a lawyer involves much
more than a large paycheck. This book is a starting place for learning
more. We hope it will help you make an informed decision about law
as a career as well as give you nitty-gritty information about the
application process. For additional resources and discussion of
your personal situation, see Ms. Savage.
The Law School Experience. It is difficult to generalize about
the law school experience since each school has its own identity.
However, most law schools have a fairly standardized first-year
program that usually covers the study of torts, contracts, property,
criminal law, and civil procedure. Within the first year, there
is little room for elective coursework, and most courses continue
for the full academic year.
During the second and third years of law school, the vast majority
of the coursework is elective and generally lasts a semester or
a quarter, depending on the school's system. It is during the second
and third years that clinical and internship experience may become
available, and electives may determine for you your future line
Law school is not a place to specialize in the same way that you
choose a major. However, many students develop areas of specialization
by taking a preponderance of courses in one field, such as International
Law or Environmental Law. For the most part law schools prepare
you to think like a lawyer and leave the preparation for the practice
of law to on-the-job experience. Because law schools have come under
attack for being "too academic," many have started clinical
programs designed to give students "hands on" xperience.
You will want to investigate the clinical possibilities at the law
schools that interest you.
In order to become better acquainted with life as a law student,
plan to visit law schools, attend classes and talk to as many students
as possible. Discussing your plans and interests with these admissions
representatives can be very helpful to your decision making.
II. PRELAW PREPARATION
One of the best features of pre-legal education is that it contains
absolutely no requirements or restrictions. You can major in literally
any field and take any course or program offered, and subsequently
be admitted to a fine law school and become a topnotch lawyer. The
key factor is to challenge yourself to do well. Many prelaw students
major in political science, history or English. This is only advisable
if you like one of these areas of study. Those who major in the
traditional prelaw areas will neither be helped nor hindered in
the admissions process. What counts, of course, is how well you
perform in your chosen field of study.
A. ACADEMIC RECORD
A strong academic record is very important in the law school application
process. Johns Hopkins University is well known as a rigorous, academically
challenging institution. It is important to demonstrate your capacity
for success within a competitive institution. Once again the old
adage to "do what you enjoy, and you will do well" appears
to hold true. Although a heavy course load does make an impression
on admissions officers, it is still more important to take an average
number of courses (+/- 15 credits) and do your best. Completing
your degree requirements, a semester or a year early is not in itself
seen as a benefit.
In evaluating a candidate's undergraduate academic performance
and resultant undergraduate cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.),
law schools look very carefully at the trends in a student's academic
record. A student who has earned high grades in a large number of
analytic and advanced courses but whose G.P.A. has been lowered
by a few low grades in less demanding or introductory courses taken
during the freshman year may be regarded as a stronger candidate
than the student who has earned a high G.P.A. by taking numerous
introductory courses during the junior and senior years. Law schools
will tend to forgive a weak freshman year and/or the ravages of
the sophomore slump, provided the student shows real strength in
the last two years. Law school admissions committees, however, will
be concerned about a candidate who shows real strength in the first
year and then shows a decline in G.P.A. each successive year.
You may be tempted to take "law-related" courses. While
such courses offer students an opportunity to test their academic
interest in law, law schools urge undergraduates not to take these
courses in such numbers that they prevent them from taking a broad
range of courses in the liberal arts. Many admissions officers also
advise against taking too many courses on a pass/fail basis. Although
there are exceptions, courses taken pass/fail represent one less
opportunity to accurately evaluate a student's academic performance.
Many times a pass in a pass/fail course is looked at as a "C."
Students frequently ask what effect, if any, study abroad for a
semester or year will have on their admissibility to law school.
Some resources indicate that although foreign study itself will
not contribute significantly to a candidate's acceptance or rejection,
law schools are interested in recruiting students with diverse and
enriched educational backgrounds. Students are cautioned, however,
to apply to reputable, academically strong study-abroad programs.
It is also important to realize that study abroad grades will be
calculated into the Law School Data Assembly Service G.P.A., even
though those same grades do not appear on the Hopkins transcript.
B. WORK/INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
Although a law-related work experience or internship is not a requirement
for law school admission, such "field experience" offers
students an opportunity to test their interest in law. This type
of position may involve real responsibility in a legal environment:
interviewing clients and gathering salient facts, legal research,
writing memoranda, counseling, and negotiation.
Employment in a job not law related may play a role in an admissions
committee's decision if such work shows significant entrepreneurial
ability or involves situations where employers have given the applicant
real responsibility in a company's operations. If a student has
found it necessary to work in order to pay for college tuition or
expenses, it is important to bring it to the attention of the admissions
committee. Demonstrating maturity in accepting responsibility for
college expenses and learning to balance employment and academic
commitments can have a positive impact on an admissions officer.
C. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Law schools neither require nor are impressed by long lists of
extracurricular activities. However, admissions committees are looking
for significant leadership ability and activity, and a commitment
to something other than a high undergraduate G.P.A. Whatever the
activity, it needs to indicate meaningful community involvement,
leadership, and responsibility in order to have a significant impact
on the admissions process.
Note of caution: We wish to warn prelaw students not to make choices
concerning courses or majors, work or internship experiences, and
extracurricular activities simply to impress law school admissions
committees and thereby improve one's chance of admission. It is
impossible to second-guess admissions committees. There is disparity
among law schools about the comparative weight put on a candidate's
academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Admissions committees
have the unnerving tendency of changing their criteria from year
to year. Remember: Do what you feel comfortable and happy about
doing. If you are interested in what you are doing, you will be
III. A SUGGESTED CALENDAR
Freshman and Sophomore Years
Section II on Prelaw Preparation primarily relates to freshmen
and sophomores. Keep in mind the general advice to do what you enjoy,
since most of us are successful when we truly enjoy what we are
doing. . . .You may also want to begin reading books about law and
lawyers as you have time (see pages 19-27). It is also important
to ask questions about the profession to anyone you know - faculty
members, parents, friends' parents, employers, etc. It is not too
early to begin gathering information.
- Discuss plans with Prelaw Advisor.
- Study LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book.
- Register for LSATs well in advance of deadline date (June test
- Request recommendation letters from faculty.
- Become comfortable with the application process and expectations
Summer After Junior Year
- Take LSAT in June, if . . .not taken previously.
- Start mailing postcards for applications and catalogs from law
schools which interest you.
- Visit law school campuses.
- Discuss legal careers with friends and acquaintances who are
- Continue suggested prelaw reading.
- Begin thinking about personal statement essay on application.
- Review transcript and, if accurate, register for LSDAS.
Fall - Senior Year
- Register for LSDAS if you have not done so, and request transcripts.
- Complete prelaw file as soon as possible (September or October
- Discuss law school matching with the Prelaw Advisor.
- Try to mail all applications by November 15.
Early research about the programs and requirements of individual
law schools will simplify the application process for you. Law schools
will consider LSAT scores, your G.P.A., honors, internships, job
experiences, recommendations, your personal essay, and other information
in deciding whether to admit you. Since each school weighs these
factors differently, utilize the Official Guide to U. S. Law Schools
(or another compilation) and confer with your Prelaw Advisor. Ideally
you will identify several schools which are close matches to your
qualifications as well as a few which are "reaches" and
a few where you feel relatively sure you will be admitted. A good
rule of thumb is to identify two or three "safe" schools,
where your numbers indicate 70% or more of the applicants are admitted
and two or three "good match" schools where 50% or more
of the applicants are admitted.
Spring - Senior Year
- Check to make sure the law schools you have applied to have the
materials they need.
- Try to visit schools where you have been admitted or wait-listed.
- Start making decisions about where to attend.
- Let other schools know your plans.
- If you are wait-listed at a school of your choice, consider forwarding
new information to the admissions office, i.e., fall semester grades,
thesis, other recommendations, etc.
- Keep in touch with the Prelaw Advisor.
IV. THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Do It Early/Assume Nothing. Our conversations with law school representatives
lead us to believe that it is in your best interest to apply as
early as possible to law school. Even though stated application
deadlines fall anywhere between January 1 and May 1, it is advisable
to get your application completed and in by November 15 or earlier.
This will insure a careful and thorough reading of it before admissions
officers are faced with the thousands of applications that they
have had to deal with in recent years. Many law schools have rolling
admissions procedures, allowing those applicants who apply early
a better opportunity; October 1 is not too early for competitive
schools with rolling admissions. Earlier applicants also have an
advantage of being considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.
The law school application process is long and complicated. There
are many opportunities for mistakes to be made. Start early to allow
for delays and assume nothing. If you don't hear from LSDAS or a
law school you have applied to, call and verify that your application
or registration has been received. You are in charge of your own
destiny. The Prelaw Office, your faculty, parents and friends will
offer support, encouragement and information, but you, and only
you, can complete the application process.
A. THE LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST
What is It?
As the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book explains, "The
LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential
for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex
texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management
of information, and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from
it; the ability to reason critically; and the analysis and evaluation
of the reasoning and argument of others." The Law School Admission
Test continues to be regarded by law schools as the single best
predictor of first-year law school performance. It is a half-day
standardized test with five 35 minute sections of multiple choice
questions. Four of the five sections are scored; the fifth is used
to pretest new items. A 30 minute writing sample is administered
at the end of the test, and is not scored although it is sent to
all law schools to which you apply.
The LSAT: How to Register and When to Take It. Registration forms
for the test are found in the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information
Book. The book is available in the Prelaw Office and contains important
information concerning the LSAT, the Law School Data Assembly Service
(LSDAS), sample test questions, publications available to help you
with the application process, financial aid information and other
resources. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK VERY CAREFULLY.
Registration for the examination must be postmarked almost five
weeks in advance of the test date. It is important to register early
to insure you obtain the test center of your choice. An additional
week is provided for late registration, with a late fee. On the
day of the test be sure to take your LSAT admission ticket and a
form of identification that includes your signature and descriptive
information; a photo driver's license should be acceptable.
It is a good idea to take the LSAT in the summer between your junior
and senior year. This gives you plenty of time to get the results
back and develop a clear picture of where to apply. It also lets
you know whether you should take the test again. Retake the LSAT
only if you feel there was some definite reason that you did poorly
the first time (you didn't feel well, you forgot to guess, etc.)
and you feel that you can improve your score substantially. Data
indicates that the average retest affects the score three points
either way. Although you should attempt to get the best LSAT score
you can, and in certain instances, retesting might be important,
LSDAS averages more than one test score. Individual law schools
react differently to a retake of the LSAT; some will average the
scores, others will take the most recent, others will take the highest.
Before you decide to retake the test, analyze where you made your
mistakes and identify a strategy to improve.
B. PREPARING FOR THE LSAT
It is imperative that you are well prepared for the test. The real
question is: "How do I prepare for the test?" Preparation
will help you improve your score as well as develop a relaxed and
confident attitude toward taking the test. The best way to improve
your score on the LSAT is to familiarize yourself with the test
using old test questions and reviewing as frequently as you think
necessary. Put yourself in a simulated test setting, time and score
yourself. Then analyze your mistakes and develop strategies to improve.
Preparatory courses such as Stanley Kaplan, the Princeton Review,
or specialized courses on local campuses are another option. You
must be the judge of what kind of course best suits your study habits
and personality. Many students prefer the regimen of a course rather
than depending on their own self-discipline to practice the test.
In addition, several publishers offer books on preparing for the
LSAT. Barrons has been recommended by several students, but check
the bookstore for other publications. The key point to remember
is the importance of the test score. Admissions officers often give
equal, if not more, weight to the LSAT score than to your G.P.A.
The Law School Data Assembly Service. The Law School Data Assembly
Service (LSDAS) is a 12-month subscription service which provides
a standardized summary of your academic work. Once you have registered
with the LSDAS you need to have an official copy of your transcript
sent to LSDAS from the Registrar's Office of every college or university
you have attended. A profile report will be sent by LSDAS to all
the law schools to which you apply. LSDAS calculates your G.P.A.
slightly differently from your JHU transcript. Use the LSDAS grade
conversion table on page 25 of the Registration and Information
book to know how your G.P.A. will be affected. You should forward
subsequent transcripts to LSDAS when they become available.
Recently LSDAS has initiated a recommendation service. Many law
schools require receipt of recommendations through Law Services.
Although we still strongly recommend utilizing the Johns Hopkins
Law School Recommendation Committee when possible, you also have
the option of having your recommenders forward their letters directly
to Law Services. Law Services will forward two or three letters
to the law schools. If you use the Hopkins committee service, we
will forward your committee letter, as well as underlying recommendations,
to the individual law schools as well as to Law Services.
C. LAW SCHOOL RECOMMENDATIONS
Starting a Prelaw File. There is no magic starting date for establishing
a prelaw file; but as with everything else that has been discussed
up to this point, the earlier the better. Ideally, a file should
be started in your junior year. If you are uncertain as to whether
to pursue a legal career, make an appointment with the Prelaw Advisor.
Once you have decided law school is for you, obtain a copy of the
LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book, read it and set your
schedule to meet admissions deadlines. Since you may not have your
Recommendations Committee interview until your prelaw file is complete,
try to complete it as soon as possible in the fall of your senior
Johns Hopkins is one of a handful of undergraduate institutions
which utilizes a Law School Recommendations Committee to assist
the Hopkins law school applicant. The standard format of the committee
recommendation aids law school admissions committees in evaluating
and selecting applicants. The applicant in turn benefits from the
greater confidence which admissions officers have in recommendations
presented in this form. The use of the committee procedure is not
mandatory. You may use the Prelaw Office for advising purposes and
obtain your own letters of recommendation without going through
the Committee. However, the Recommendations Committee process is
gaining in popularity at other undergraduate institutions and appears
to be highly appreciated by admissions committees.
A recommendation service is also offered by LSDAS. LSDAS will mail
your recommendation letters directly to law schools. If you elect
to use this service instead of the committee process or recommendation
mailing service offered by preprofessional advising, it is important
to follow the rules set out in the LSAT/LSDAS Information and Registration
book. The Information book states that, "When using this service,
the letter from each recommender must be sent by him or her directly
to LSAC along with the Letter of Recommendation Form." (Three
copies of the form are included in the Information book). The following
warning in also included, "Only if this form is fully completed
and returned with the letter will LSAC be able to assure matching
the letter to your file. You must complete the upper portion of
this form and provide it to each recommender. The recommender completes
the bottom portion and sends it to LSAC along with his or her letter
of recommendation." You may submit up to three letters to be
sent to the participating law schools. You are also encouraged to
have your letters sent as soon as possible after you have subscribed
Since this service is new, it is difficult to evaluate its effectiveness.
However, the Johns Hopkins Law School Recommendation Committee process
continues to give students their best opportunity to be known by
law school admission personnel. It continues to be the process that
is strongly recommended by our office. In cases where an in-person
interview is inconvenient, the LSDAS process may be helpful. In
such cases our office will also continue to mail recommendations
to law schools. If an applicant decides to utilize this process,
the recommender needs to mail his or her letter directly to our
office, and we will forward it together with other recommendations
collected by the applicant to the law schools. An LSDAS form is
necessary to participate in this process, and in the committee process.
To use the services of the Recommendations Committee, register
with the Prelaw Office in Merryman Hall East. An information folder
will be made up and when it is complete with the materials listed
below a committee member will be assigned to interview you. Once
you have been assigned to a committee member, you are responsible
for scheduling the appointment at a time mutually agreeable with
your committee member. Please notify one of the Program Assistants
of the date, time and location of your interview, in order to have
your file materials available at the proper time. Your interview
will take approximately one hour. Sign up for your interview as
early in the fall of your senior year as possible. Otherwise, there
may be delays scheduling it, which may cause delays in getting your
recommendation packet mailed. Remember, if you do not have a complete
file, there can be no interview. It is also important to provide
the Prelaw Office with addressed envelopes (you must use the envelopes
provided by the Prelaw Office) and a fee of $50.00 to cover the
cost of copying and mailing the recommendation packet. Your recommendation
packet cannot be mailed until the Prelaw Office has received your
addressed envelopes and the $50.00 fee. For applicants mailing "recommendations
only," the fee is $25.00.
Prelaw File Checklist:
1. Letter of Recommendation - Arrange to have at least two, and
preferably three, faculty letters of recommendation sent directly
to Mary C. Savage, Prelaw Advisor, Merryman Hall East, Johns Hopkins
University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218.
Letters from other sources should be similarly addressed. The letters
my be cited in the Committee letter of recommendation and will be
attached to the Committee Letter. Recommendation guidelines and
release forms are available in the Prelaw Office to help you make
the request for individual letters.
2. Fill in and return the Prelaw Data form.
3. Sign and return your Waiver Statement form.
4. Give us a recent snapshot of yourself.
5. Complete the Prelaw Questionnaire. Take time with it. It may
be the Committee Member's first introduction to you.
6. A graded writing sample. An essay or research paper that demonstrates
your ability to express yourself clearly is best. The paper will
be returned upon request.
7. Submit a copy of your personal statement when it is complete.
This may be submitted after your interview if desired.
Have your LSAT scores reported directly to Johns Hopkins (check
item 17 on the LSAT registration form) or bring in your scores after
you receive them. It will also be helpful to bring in your LSDAS
Master Law School Report that shows your transcript information.
Space is provided on the Prelaw Questionnaire to list the schools
to which you are applying. This list is a discussion point with
the Prelaw Advisor. It is not an instruction to mail your recommendation
Once your interview has been completed, the Committee letter of
recommendation will be prepared and mailed to each school you have
provided us an envelope for. All individual letters of recommendation
will be enclosed along with the Committee recommendation. You will
be responsible for completing and mailing your applications to law
schools. It is best to have your application received by the law
schools prior to the recommendation committee packet. Do not wait
for our mailing to forward your materials.
Do not submit to us the "Dean's Statement" forms from
the law schools, except that form required by Harvard University.
We will send the Harvard form with your committee packet. In other
cases, the committee letter takes the place of this form. However,
include on your application a statement that a letter of recommendation
will be sent on your behalf by the Committee on Law School Recommendations
of The Johns Hopkins University, which includes materials requested
on the "Dean's Statement."
If you have decided not to use the Recommendations Committee process,
the "Dean's Statement" form will need to be processed
by the Prelaw Office. Completion of the Questionnaire, a resume
of activities and a copy of your personal essay will assist us in
preparing the "Dean's Statement" in the most satisfactory
manner. Please see Ms. Savage if you wish to utilize the Dean's
Statement rather than the recommendations committee.
D. THE ART OF GATHERING RECOMMENDATIONS
For many students, it is a rude awakening to reach their junior
or senior year and suddenly discover, "I don't know any professors."
Throughout the campus community, you hear the echoed refrain: "Who
am I going to ask for a recommendation?" Only you can answer
this question, but there are steps you can take to make the search
One thing you can do is to look back over your record and pick
out courses where you did
well and had some interaction with the professor. Law schools are
looking for recommendations from people who have observed you in
classroom situations and can comment on your intellectual abilities.
How well do you express yourself? How do you approach problem solving?
What about your integrity? What is the quality of your written work?
A recommendation that can cover the points in detail, citing specific
examples, will be appreciated by admissions committees.
Choose someone who knows your work. It makes much more sense to
ask for a recommendation from an assistant professor or legislative
assistant who knows you well than a department chair or Congressman
who doesn't know you.
Remember the admonition, "Don't assume anything." This
is the time to keep it in mind. For instance, don't assume that
a recommender has enough information about you just from classroom
encounters. Supply the writer with a list of your activities, a
paper from the class, a copy of your resume and a copy of your transcript.
Make an appointment with the recommender to discuss your interest
in law school. Provide the recommender with an envelope with your
name on it as well as Prelaw Office, Merryman Hall East. It is also
helpful to put a date on the envelope as a reminder of when you
would like the letter to be received.
Finally, don't assume that a recommendation will be automatically
returned to the Prelaw Advising Office post-haste. If nothing is
forthcoming within 2-3 weeks, gently nudge the recommenders and
remind them that deadlines are approaching. Be fair to your recommenders.
They are busy too. Give them a month's notice. When you talk to
them be clear about your deadlines. If you wish to have your applications
mailed by December 1, your Committee interview will need to take
place by November 1, and your letters of recommendation will need
to be in before the interview can be scheduled.
How much do recommendations actually count in the admissions process?
The answer is a multiple choice ranging from quite heavily to not
at all. If the numbers are not there, some schools don't even bother
to read the recommendations. Other schools make a point of reading
everything you submit and pay close attention to recommendations,
particularly when you fall into the middle range of applicants.
The point is, you never know how they will be viewed, so it's better
to be safe than sorry.
E. THE ESSAY
Law schools have only two ways to look at you as a person instead
of just another set of statistics: your personal essay and your
The essay is the sleeper of the whole admissions process. All too
often, candidates waste this golden opportunity to communicate directly
with the decision makers at law schools. Both form and substance
are important; your personal statement will be judged for clarity
of expression and general writing ability as well as for its content.
There are a few general mistakes to avoid:
1. Do not write an essay on social conditions;
2. Do not tell the work you will do when you get a law degree,
unless your past experiences have been a motivating force in your
decision to go to law school;
3. Do not use the creative writing approach (i.e., sending a video
tape of yourself or writing your essay in verse);
4. Do not write a travelogue of where you've been and what you've
done, (unless you can show how you learned something from it about
5. Do not write assertiveness essays (I've always been successful,
therefore have confidence in me).
For a better personal statement DO:
1. Do give examples of how you think, critically, systematically
2. Do tell something interesting about your insight into yourself;
3. Do be fairly modest (not apologetic), describing adversity,
interruption, failure. Be personal, write something about yourself,
not designed to impress. Show your insights.
4. If your LSAT and G.P.A. don't match up, explain it (without
bitterness, anger or defensiveness). This explanation is better
handled on a separate piece of paper entitled "explanation
of LSAT score" or "explanation of G.P.A."
*Notes from "How to Write a Personal Statement" - a lecture
by Professor Robert Condlin, University of Maryland School of Law.
V. THE ACCEPTANCE
A. CHOOSING A LAW SCHOOL
Choosing where to go to law school can be even more difficult than
deciding where to apply. Many students feel that the hardest part
of the admissions process is selecting a school to attend once acceptances
have been received. There are many factors to consider when it comes
time to make a choice. For instance:
Consider the geographical area of the schools - will you be happy
in a large city for the next three years? Do you want a school which
emphasizes the law of the state in which it is located? Is the law
school connected to a university? Are there opportunities to work
in the area? Will you want to work in this area after law school?
Your network of friends and professors as well as your placement
office will provide you with referrals in the area after graduation.
Consider the cost - how expensive is the school? How easy is it
to procure a loan? How much financial aid is available.?
Consider the law school faculty - their backgrounds, both educational
and extracurricular. Are they big names or will they teach? Check
the catalog course schedule and find out
how often the courses you are interested in are offered.
What is the student-faculty ratio? How accessible are the professors?
Consider the student body - how large is it? Are they all from
the same general area? What schools do they represent? How competitive
are they? What size is the law library?
Consider the law school placement office - how active is the office
on behalf of students? What percent of graduates are placed in jobs?
Where do they go? How many recruiters visit the school each year?
Are they accessible to each student, or only to the top 10% of the
Consider the housing. Are you on-campus or off-campus. How much
assistance will the school provide in obtaining housing?
Consider the curriculum - do you have the opportunity to take electives
in areas that interest you? Are there clinical programs? Are there
joint degree programs available? Can you take courses in other areas
of the university?
For some of these questions there are no easy answers. The first
place to look is the law school catalog. Although the catalogs become
repetitious after awhile, they do provide a great deal of useful
information about faculty and staff, the law school curriculum,
financial aid and admissions procedures. A much more condensed version
of the same material can be found in The Official Guide to U.S.
Law Schools available through Law Services Publications (215) 968-1001,
or by using the order form in the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information
While both of these sources are excellent as far as they go, they
do not go far enough to satisfy the curiosity of most students.
They do not give a feel for the all-important "atmosphere"
which can make a difference in the student's law school experience.
This kind of nitty-gritty material must come from people who have
actually attended a particular school. Where possible, it is important
to visit the campus and talk to students. Ask to sit in on a class.
Once you have been accepted, a law school should accommodate your
questions. If their attitude is warm and hospitable during this
period it is probably a fair indication that it will be a warm,
hospitable environment for you as a student. If it isn't you may
not want to go there. During the fall, many law school admissions
officials visit the Hopkins campus. The annual Law School Fair hosts
over 50 admissions representatives. These representatives are extremely
valuable as a means to learn more about a given institution. Also
consider contacting Hopkins friends and acquaintances that attend
law schools you are interested in. They may be your best resource.
The Prelaw Advisor also should be regarded as a resource, since
she has contact with both law students and admissions representatives.
B. EARLY DECISION
Several law schools encourage applicants to apply early. In many
cases the deadlines for Early Decision or Early Action are in October.
As opposed to undergraduate early decision rules, many law schools
do not view an early application as binding, if the applicant gains
acceptance. One exception to this is the Early Decision application
to Columbia University School of Law. If you apply to that program,
you are making a commitment to attend Columbia if you are accepted.
I strongly believe that applying early benefits the applicant in
many ways, the most important is the opportunity to get a thorough
reading of the application while admissions personnel are fresh.
I am not as concerned that applicants meet Early Decision/Action
deadlines, if a serious effort is made to complete the application
process in November. If a decision is made to apply Early Decision/Action
it is important to remember that your committee interview must be
scheduled a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the deadline. In addition,
please review the application material carefully for other requirements
if you are interested in this option.
C. DEFERRED ADMISSION
If you are admitted to law school and suddenly discover that you
have won a fellowship to study abroad for a year or you have gotten
a job offer you can't refuse, can you defer admission? That depends
on the policy of each school to which you apply. The general rule
is that law schools like students to apply for the year when they
plan to matriculate. However, they are also interested in having
students who have varied experiences. If you wish to request a deferral
after acceptance, write to the school and explain why the other
opportunity seems most appropriate. The admissions committee could
grant your deferral request or require that you reapply.
D. DELAYED APPLICATION
Is it advisable to take one or more years off from school before
entering law school?
Often students wish to delay entrance to law school for a year
or two. They are tired of the academic grind and wish to work before
they begin to study law. This will certainly not hurt you in the
admissions process, and may well be a plus. Many law schools prefer
an applicant with a year or two of employment, volunteer work, foreign
travel, or even graduate work ; such applicants tend to be more
mature and successful in their law study. You also will have the
advantage of having your senior year grades counted in your LSDAS-computed
G.P.A., and these grades are usually higher.
You should not be afraid of delaying your law school applications
for one or two years because you desire to do something else worthwhile.
You will probably be better off for it. There is probably nothing
negative about taking a "year off." In fact, some feel
that people who take time off after college are better prepared
and perform better than their classmates just out of college. Keep
in mind, the average entering age for law school is almost 26 years
E. FINANCIAL AID
Money for law school is available, in the form of scholarships,
grants, work-study, and loans. Most students finance their education
through loans, either from the federal government or private sources.
The amount of aid you receive and the form it takes is largely determined
by the law schools; therefore, the law schools to which you are
applying should be your primary source of information. Review the
brochure Financial Aid for Law School: A Preliminary Guide, published
by Law Services for a broad summary of financial aid information.
Additional resources are also listed in that publication.
In applying for financial aid file all the required financial aid
forms and pay close attention to deadlines. Most schools will not
look at a file until it is complete. A good deadline to consider
is December 1. Be sure to check catalogs to find out exactly what
is required by the schools to which you are applying for financial
aid. In an effort to attract a balanced, competitive student body,
many law schools may offer grants or financial assistance as an
incentive for your attendance. It is important to weigh all your
options when your letter of acceptance is received.
F. BAR REQUIREMENTS
Another step in the decision-making process is determining the
bar requirements for admission to the bar in the state in which
you wish to practice. Some states require individuals to file a
statement of intention to study law shortly after starting classes.
To find out about registration requirements for particular states,
write to the Supreme Court of the state in question, or to the National
Conference of Bar Examiners, Suite 1025, 333 North Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois 60601. Once you enroll in law school you will
be advised about meeting standards for admission to the bar. Most
law schools will readily give you information regarding their students'
success in passing the bar examination.
G. JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS
Joint programs involve the simultaneous pursuit of two separate
courses of graduate study under a combined degree arrangement. Law
schools have developed structured programs within their own university
or in conjunction with another college or university. Programs at
the master's level are numerous. A few select schools offer joint
programs at the Ph.D. level as well. Applications for joint degree
programs must be made to each of the schools involved, and admission
is based on acceptance by both schools. One may be accepted at the
start of law school studies or at the beginning of the second year.
Normally about four years are required to complete the requirements
for joint programs at the master's level. Extensive listings of
joint degree programs are on file in the Prelaw Office.
H. PLACEMENT AFTER LAW SCHOOL
In choosing a law school it is wise to inquire about that school's
placement services. Many schools try to accommodate employers who
wish to interview on campus, and several also offer individual and
group counseling. Some placement offices also handle summer and
part-time jobs. One should also find out for a given school: 1)
the number and range of employers who interview students from private
law firms, the public sector, and corporate or business organizations;
2) the number of judicial clerkships awarded to its students, and
3) a student's accessibility to employers.
VI. PRE-LAW READING LIST
The following list of prelaw readings offers prospective law students
an overview of selected classics and current titles in certain subjects:
Law School and Legal Education, the Legal Profession, Biography,
Jurisprudence and Legal Issues, and Financing Law School. This list
should not be construed as an official bibliography; it is beyond
the scope of this publication to provide any sort of definitive
catalog of prelaw readings.
Some of these books have already withstood the test of time, and
are as relevant today as when they were first written and published,
generations ago. Examples are Richard Kluger's Simple Justice --
a rare glimpse into the private workings and deliberations of the
Supreme Court -- and Karl Llewellyn's The Bramble Bush -- a classic
study of how legal education shapes our legal institutions.
Other, more recent titles simply reflect the most current writing
on the subjects listed above and are not necessarily recommended
simply because they appear on this list. It will be up to you to
search out the titles that pique your interest and make your own
determination of their worth. The aim of our list is merely to give
you a head start in locating the newest published titles in the
field. We hope that those interested in pursuing legal studies will
find the issues raised and the ideas discussed in these works helpful
in making the decision to choose law as a career.
Law School and Legal Education
Barber, David H. Winning in Law School: Stress Reduction. 2d ed.
Dillon, CO: Spectra, 1986.
Bay, Monica. Careers in Civil Litigation. Chicago: American Bar
Association/Law Student Division, 1990.
Bell, Susan J. Full Disclosure: Do You Really Want to Be a Lawyer?
Princeton, NJ: Peterson's Guides, 1989.
Bell, Susan J. Interviewing for Success and Satisfaction. Chicago:
American Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division,1989.
Calamari, John D., and Joseph M. Perillo, eds. How to Thrive in
Law School. Pelham Manor, NY: Hook Mountain Press,1984.
Carter, Lief H. Reason in Law. Boston: Little, Brown and Company,1988.
Chase, William C. The American Law School and the Rise of Administrative
Government. Madison, Wl: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982.
Curry, Boykin, ed. Essays That Worked for Law Schools: 35 Essays
from Successful Applications to the Nation's Top Law Schools. New
York: Fawcett Book Group, 1991.
Deaver, Jeff. The Complete Law School Companion. New York: John
& Sons, 1984.
Delaney, John. How to Do your Best on Law School Exams. 2d ed.
John Delaney Publications, 1988.
Directory of Law School Joint Degree Programs. 2d ed. Washington,
DC: Federal Reports, Inc., 1991.
Dutile, Fernand N., ed. Legal Education and Lawyer Competency:
Curricula for Change. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press,
Dworkin, Elizabeth, Jack Himmelstein, and Howard Lesnick. Becoming
a Lawyer: AHumanistic Perspective on Legal Education and Professionalism.
St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, 1989.
Farnsworth, Edward A. An Introduction to the Legal System of the
United States. 2d ed. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1983.
Gillers, Stephen, ed. Looking at Law School: A Student Guide from
the Society of American Law Teachers. 3d ed. NAL/Dutton, 1990.
Goldfarb, Sally F., and Edward A. Adams. Inside the Law Schools:
A Guide by Students for Students. 5th ed. New York: Plume, 1991.
Goodrich, Chris. Anarchy and Elegance: Confessions of a Journalist
at Yale Law School. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991.
Hegland, Kenney F. Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law
in a Nutshell.
St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, 1983.
Kaplin, William A. The Concepts and Methods of Constitutional Law.
Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Kelman, Mark. A Guide to Critical Legal Studies. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 1987
Kenny, Phillip H. Studying Law. 2d ed. Salem, NH: Butterworth Legal
Publishers, 1991. Lasson, Kenneth, and Sheldon Margulies. Learning
Law: The Mastery of Legal Logic. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press,
Legal Education and Professional Development - An Educational Continuum.
Report of The Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing
the Gap. Chicago: American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education
and Admissions to the Bar,
Llewellyn, Karl N. The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and its Study.
rev.ed. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications 1981.
Marke, Julius J., and Edward J. Bander, eds. Deans' List of Recommended
for Pre-Law and Law Students: Selected by the Deans and Faculties
of American Law Schools. 2d ed. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications,
Martinson, Thomas H., J.D., and David P. Waldherr, J.D. Getting
Into Law School: Strategies for the 90s. New York: Prentice Hall,
Mayfield, Craig K. Reading Skills for Law Students. Charlottesville,
VA: Michie Co., 1980
Moliterno, James E., and Fredric Lederer. An Introduction to Law,
Law Study, and the Lawyer's Role. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic
Re, Edward D., and Joseph R. Re. Law Students' Manual on Legal
Writing and Oral Argument. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications,
Roth, George. Slaying the Law School Dragon: How to Survive--and
Thrive--in First-Year Law School. 2d ed. New York: John Wiley &
Simenhogg, Mark. ed. My First Year As A Lawyer. New York: Walker
and Company, 1994.
So You Want to be a Lawyer: A Practical Guide. Newtown, PA: Law
School Admission Service, Inc., 1993.
Stevens, Robert. Law SchooI: Legal Education in America from the
1850s to the 1980s. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina
Stover, Robert V. Making It and Breaking It: The Fate of Public
Interest Commitment During Law School. Urbana, IL: University of
Illinois Press, 1989.
Swygert, Michael I., and Robert Batey, eds. Maximizing the Law
School Experience: A Collection of Essays. St. Petersburg, FL: Stetson
University College of Law,1983.
Turow, Scott. One L.: An Inside Account of Life in the First Year
at Harvard Law School. New York: Penguin Books, 1978.
Vanderbilt, Arthur T. Law School: Briefing for a Legal Education.
New York: Penguin Books, 1981.
Williams, Glanville. Learning the Law: A Book for the Guidance
of the Law Student.
11th ed. London: Stevens, 1982.
Wydick, Richard C. Plain English for Lawyers. 2d ed. Durham, NC:
Carolina Academic Press, 1985.
Abel, Richard L. American Lawyers. NewYork: Oxford University Press,
Arron, Deborah. Running From the Law: Why Good Lawyers Are Getting
Out of the Legal Profession. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1991.
Aaron, Deborah. What Can You do with a Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide
to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside, and Around the Law. Seattle:
Niche Pres, 1992.
Caplan, Lincoln. Skadden: Inside the Business of Law in America.
New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1993.
Bailey, F. Lee. To Be A Trial Lawyer. New York: John Wiley &
Carey, William T. Law Students: How to Get a Job When There Aren't
Any. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press,1986.
Couric, Emily. The Trial Lawyers: The Nation's Top Litigators Tell
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Delaney, John. Learning Legal Reasoning: Briefing, Analysis and
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Epstein, Cynthia Fuchs. Women in Law. 2d ed. Urbana, IL: University
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Foonberg, Jay G. How to Start and Build a Law Practice. 3d ed.
Chicago: American Bar Association/Law Student Division, 1991.
Galanter, Marc, and Thomas Palay. Tournament of Lawyers: The Transformation
of the Big Law Firm. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
Glendon, Mary Ann. A Nation Under Lawyers: How the Crisis in the
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Luney, Percy R., Jr. Careers in Natural Resources and Environmental
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Moll, Richard W. The Lure of the Law: Why People Become Lawyers,
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Shropshire, Kenneth. Careers in Sports Law. Chicago: American Bar
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Stewart, James B. The Partners. New York: Simon & Schuster,
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Utley, Frances, with Gary A. Munneke. Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers:
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Auchincloss, Louis. Life, Law and Letters: Essays and Sketches.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.,1979.
Baker, Leonard. John Marshall: A Life in Law. New York: Macmillan,
Barth, Alan. Prophets with Honor: Great Dissents and Great Dissenters
in the Supreme Court. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.
Darrow, Clarence. The Story of My Life. New York: Charles Scribner's
Davis, Deane C. Justice in the Mountains: Stories & Tales by
a Vermont Country Lawyer. Shelburne, VT: New England Press, 1980.
Davis, Lenwood G. I Have a Dream: The Life and Times of Martin
Luther King. Westport, CT: Negro Universities Press, 1973.
Davis, Michael D. and Hunter R. Clark. Thurgood Marshall: Warrior
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Jurisprudence and Legal Issues
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Financing Law School
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for Minority Students. 5th ed. New Orleans, LA: The Black Collegian,
Cantrell, Karen and Denise Wallen. Funding for Law: Legal Education,
Research and Study. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1991.
Cassidy, Daniel. The Graduate Scholarship Book: The Complete Guide
to Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans for Graduate and
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Risks and Realities. Dover, MA: Auburn House Publishing Co., 1987.
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Information Services, Employment Skills Banks, Financial Aid Sources.
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Association for Public Interest Law, 1993.
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1993-95. San Carlos, CA: Reference Service Press.
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and Their Dependents, 1993-95. San Carlos, CA: Reference Service
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The Prelaw Office gratefully acknowledges the following institutions
for information referred to in this booklet: Tufts University Prelaw
Office, the University of Dayton School of Law, Boston University
Prelaw Office, the North East Association of Prelaw Advisors, and
the LSAT/LSDAS Registration Book.