Apply for Law School

How do I begin the law school admission process?

The Law School Admission Council is a nonprofit organization that provides products and services to facilitate the admission process for applicants and law schools worldwide.  It is best known for administering the Law School Admission Test at testing centers worldwide.  Take the first step in the application process by setting up an account on the LSAC webpage.  Go to https://os.lsac.org/Release/Logon/Access.aspx to begin.

How does a law school decide whom to admit?

In addition to an applicant's GPA and LSAT score, admission panels look at other criteria, such as the following.

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Work experience
  • Writing skills
  • Ethnic/racial background
  • Undergraduate course of study
  • Graduate work, if any
  • Motivation for studying law
  • Past accomplishments and leadership

When do I apply for law school admission?

You should begin applying to law school in your junior year to allow time to complete the following application requirements.

  • Go to http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat to register for and take the Law School Admissions Test [LSAT].
  • Contact recommenders to request letters of recommendation.
  • Write a personal statement.
  • Register with the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) on the LSAC webpage so law schools can recruit you.
  • Through the CRS, apply electronically for admission to the law schools of your choice.
  • Prepare a resume for those law schools that require it. 

If you need help, make an appointment to see your pre law advisor by calling 208-496-9860 or visiting 269 Smith.

How do I prepare to take the LSAT?

It is recommended that you allow 3 to 6 months to take an LSAT test prep course and to take simulated LSAT practice tests.  There are many commercial test prep courses available.  Official LSAT prep materials can be found by going to http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat.