Individual components of the application
- Most schools require students to take the LSAT for admission to law school. Some schools accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. If a student chooses to take both tests, only the LSAT is considered in the admission decision.
Transcripts and grades
- Transcripts are required from all institutions attended.
- Transcripts must be sent electronically to LSAC through the student's MyASU account.
- LSAC calculates a cumulative GPA based on the GPA calculator.
- The LSAC GPA is inclusive of each undergraduate grade received. For instance, if a student repeats a course for a higher grade both the original and replacement grades are counted.
- The undergraduate GPA does not change after graduation. Any subsequent coursework is considered separately, whether it was graduate or undergraduate coursework.
- All law schools ask for a personal statement, usually between two and four pages.
- The prompt for a personal statement varies by school, but the personal statement is the student’s best opportunity to present themselves to the committee. Most schools want to know about what experiences helped influence a student’s decision to apply to law school. Students should be sure to review each application to ensure they are answering the prompt given.
- The same statement may be used for most schools.
- Students should have their personal statements reviewed prior to submitting applications. The prelaw advisor can review the statement for the student..
- The resume must detail activities outside the classroom after high school.
- It should include information about jobs, internships, research, volunteer work, military service, major projects, and hobbies.
- Resumes may be no longer than three pages.
Letters of recommendation
- Most law schools ask for letters of recommendation.
- Letters of recommendation should be from classroom professors who can attest to a student's strengths in written communication, critical reasoning, and research.
- Academic letters are preferred although students may submit letters from a work supervisor in lieu of an academic.
- Letters from prominent members of the community with whom a student has had little direct exposure are not helpful.
- Students should check each school's requirements regarding the preferred number and type of letters.
Other application materials you may encounter
- Diversity statement — highlights unique qualities or experiences the student can add to the class
- Why “X” statement — explains the reason the student is applying to a school and law program
- Addendums (GPA/LSAT score) — short, succinct statements offering context to a lower than average GPA or test score
- Character and fitness — explanation of any legal or academic incident and outcome and subsequent growth
- Interview — conducted by a limited number of law schools either in person or via the internet