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Individual components of the application

Test scores

  • 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.

Personal statement

  • 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..

Resume

  • 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