Advice: Day 1

“Is it hard to get into law school?”

Well, we’re all here. And if that doesn’t say it, then perhaps this will:

We have a variety of backgrounds, undergrad GPAs ranging from 2.8 to 3.9, LSAT scores ranging from the 140s to the 160s, and ages…well, there is a 12-year gap from our youngest blogger to our oldest.

Not all of us got into law school on our first try, and not all of us got into our first choice schools. Not all of us were even sure that law school was what we wanted to do. Some of us wrote our personal statements about how we wanted to do good and serve justice by becoming lawyers, while others of us mentioned that we were in it for the money (which, as we can tell you now, is one of the worst reasons to go to law school).

The point is, as long as you are truly passionate about going to law school, you take the LSAT until you get a reasonable score (which for some schools could be in the high 130s…it really depends how much weight the school gives the LSAT), you are realistic about the schools you are applying to, and you communicate how excited or interested or how much you want it in your personal statement, you can get in. Maybe not on the first or second or even third try. But eventually. And once you’re in, anyone can do the work – as long as they are willing to put in the time (although there is not as much correlation between the time you spend and the grades you get as you’d think…but you learn to deal with that).

So, as long as you are persistent and want it bad enough, then it's possible to get into law school. And if you get a 170 or higher on your LSAT then it doesn’t matter how bad you want it, because any school will let you in.

The LawBitches say: just get a high score on the LSAT.

1 comment:

Lance Ito said...

My 2 cents: It depends on what law school you want to go to. If you want to go to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Chicago, than yes, law school is hard to get into. You better have a 160 plus LSAT score and at least a 3.8 GPA and tons of outside activities. Multiple degrees would probably help as well. However, no matter how badly your GPA and/or LSAT score is you probably can find a law school that will will accept you. Just make your if you go to a lower ranked law school that you finish in the top 10 and are on law review if you want that $160,000 salary. Also make sure you go to an accredited law school.