DETERMINE YOUR LIST OF CRITERIA
Evaluating the many different law schools is a systematic process of comparing each with the personal and academic factors you've determined will meet your needs and preferences. The Law School Admission Council gives a list of factors and resources to consider.
COMPARE LAW SCHOOL DATA
The American Bar Association's online Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools provides the following law school information. Here you will also find important school-specific disclosures under the Standard 409 regarding employment data, conditional scholarship data, class composition by ethnicity, GPA and LSAT percentiles, and cost of attendance.
- ABA Required Standard 509 Disclosure Information for each school
- Legal Education Statistics
- Bar Admissions
- Post JD and Non-JD Programs
- Prelaw Information
- Pro bono Legal Services
- Student Loan Repayment
- The ABA Accreditation Process
TALK WITH LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
*These website guides, however, are no substitute for directly contacting admission professionals, faculty, students, and alumni at the school you're interested in.
CONSIDER LAW SCHOOL RANKINGS
The U.S. News law school rankings are based on the following criteria, listed in order of importance. Ranking shouldn't be the only factor in selecting a law school. Take time to make a list of factors important to you, and then research schools based on those factors.
- 40% of the ranking is based on two reputational surveys known as peer assessment scores given to selected law firms, state attorneys, federal and state judges, and faculty that rate the school's programs.
- 25% is based on selectivity or the median LSAT and GPA's for the entering class, and the percentage of students admitted to the law school.
- 20% is based on placement success for employment after graduation and the bar passage rate for the school.
- 15% is based on faculty resources that include library services, classroom student/faculty ratio, and the number of financial aid accounts.
ATTEND LAW SCHOOL FORUMS AND EVENTS
Attending a law school forum, fair, or recruiting event is an effective way to talk with law school admission representatives. Every year, forums are held in different city locations. Perhaps you can visit one in a location of a law school you're interested in.
NETWORK WITH LEGAL PROFESSIONALS
Network with those who practice law to understand legal careers, job trends, and the market outlook. Do your research about the firm or group they work with and set up interviews to learn more about them and the work they do. By doing this, it will show that you are interested and serious about their work, this could lead to more networking opportunities.
INTERVIEW WITH LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
Law schools offering interviews have increased. Determine a short list of targeted programs (no more than three), and look at each program's interview process. Is it by invitation, by request, or informal?
- By invitation is the only one initiated by the law school. In this instance, you should ask for the format of the interview and prepare accordingly.
- An informal interview is a request directed to an admission counselor, faculty member or alumnus. Though informal, it should be taken seriously by you, since they will be taking notes on their end. Make an appointment with our career prep mentors to schedule a mock interview to learn the basics. Interviewing allows you to get your questions answered and learn more of their program. It also gives the law school representatives an opportunity to see your skills, strengths, abilities and personality in a multidimensional way.
UNDERSTAND LAW SCHOOL FINANCIAL AID
The preliminary Financial Aid guide should be reviewed before researching the financial aid procedures and deadlines at the financial aid office (or website) for each law school choice. In uncertain financial times, it is critical to assess if the cost of attending law school is affordable and if it's worth the investment for the next career step.
- Apply early
- Understand financial aid options and terms.
- Live frugally and follow a budget.
- Borrow the minimum amount possible to cover Cost of Attendance.
- Know the debt repayment conditions for your loan.
- Scholarships are often conditional, so know the terms.
- Grants and fellowships are limited in availability.
The University of Idaho College of Law Early Start Program
BYU-Idaho has a 3+3 agreement [insert link] with the University of Idaho College of Law that allows you to start law school early and complete both your undergrad and law degree in as little as six years.
University of Idaho College of Law 3 + 3 Partnership
Objective: To allow BYU-Idaho students to complete a bachelor's degree at BYU-
Idaho and the law program at University of Idaho College of Law in six years.
- Begin this program during or soon after the first year at BYU-Idaho.
- Complete 90 BYU-Idaho foundation and major credits (no elective credits) by the end of the junior year.
- Earn a cumulative BYU-Idaho GPA of at least 3.3.
- Submit a 3+3 Program Registration Form to UI before May 15th of student's 2nd year.
- Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in June or September before or during a student's 3rd year.
- Earn an LSAT score at or above UI's median.
The ideal student will understand the following:
- A legal education is rigorous.
- The legal market is currently turbulent.
- Has considered market trends and fields of law for gainful employment.
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