Applying to law school? Consider this advice.

Matthew Pascocello and Brooke Sandoval of the Washington College of Law (WCL) recently shared their advice on applying to law school and exploring career options with a law degree. Here are some key takeaways from their presentation to AU students earlier this week:

  • Committees will seriously consider your LSAT score and GPA when making admissions decisions. Although it sees all LSAT scores for each applicant, the WCL selection committee takes the highest score into account. Other schools might not be so generous, so go into the LSAT thinking that it’s the only time you’ll ever take it. Grades count, too. WCL focuses its transcript reviews on junior and senior years when making decisions. And even if you’ve completed a graduate program, your undergraduate GPA is still a major factor.
  • Your personal statement can also make or break your application. Since most law schools do not conduct in-person interviews, consider this your interview on paper. What do you want the selection committee to know about you and why you’re applying to law school? The personal statement must be well-written and is not to be used to explain potentially weak parts of your application (a low GPA, for example). A good rule of thumb is to ask someone you don’t know very well to read your statement and provide feedback.
  • Admission deadlines at most law schools are typically rolling, so apply early. WCL suggests that applications be submitted by January, as the majority of offers are made shortly thereafter.
  • Critical thinking, persuasive & informative writing, and reading comprehension are important skills for law graduates. Each of these are skills that can be developed during your time at AU and in internships & jobs off-campus.
  • When it’s time to put that JD to use, employers look for mature decision makers. Use the time before you apply to start thinking about your career goals and how a law degree will help you achieve them. Share this information in your application to give the selection committee a better sense of who you are and where you’re hoping to go. Being strategic may help you to undertake a targeted job search after you complete your law degree.

If you are applying to law school or are interested in exploring the possibility, check out our law school resources or make an appointment with a Career Center pre-law advisor to talk through the process and career trends with a law degree.