Everyone knows that it isn’t easy to get into law school, and that it’s even harder to earn your law degree, which is why you need to set the tone for yourself as early as possible. If you’re still in college, then this should start before you even earn your diploma from Upper Iowa University, or wherever it is that you’re studying. You want to do everything in your power to stay ahead of the curve and that means always looking two steps ahead. If you’re still considering USC’s masters degree in public health, then this is the perfect time to jump into the initial stages of the application process, because it will be the best way to help you make your final decision. Here is how you can prepare now for law school applications.
Research Different Law Schools
The first thing you need to do is start familiarizing yourself with all of the different law schools that are available to you. There are a lot of them out there, but you may have certain limitations, such as staying in-state, or you might be looking for specialized programs. Either way, you can’t even begin to write your admissions essays until you know a thing or two about the schools that you’re applying to. So don’t just trust a school’s overall reputation, you want to know for yourself exactly why the school is a good fit for you, and why you are a likely candidate for admission.
Get Your Letters of Recommendation
You definitely want to get your letters of recommendation as early as possible. Your performance in college should be as fresh on your professors’ minds as possible. Ideally, you want to choose classes that are in some way related to the law, but it’s not absolutely necessary. It will be difficult if you don’t have any close connections with any of your professors, so if it’s still possible, do everything in your power to really get to know a few of your professors. There is a big difference between a recommendation that is earnestly written, and one that is pretty generic.
Start Studying for the LSAT
You want to start studying for the LSAT as early as possible. You will only have three opportunities each year to take the exam, and you don’t want to postpone your law school entry for an entire year just because you waited until the last minute to start studying. This is a serious exam and there are plenty of books and online programs that you can use to help you study, so take advantage of the support that is available to you and try to pass it the first time.
Practice for Your Interviews
Once you do send out your applications, you want to start studying for your interviews immediately. You want to make the experience as real for yourself as possible by using some kind of office or conference room. You should have a friend or two pretend to be the admissions officers and give them a series of questions to ask you. This may be embarrassing at first, but it will truly help you to get over the jitters and proper practice is one of the major keys to law school success.