Law School Know-How
Getting into law school can be a very arduous task for aspiring
students. You need to start as early as your freshman year in
high school if you decide that being a lawyer is what you really
want to do for the rest of your life.
Do not be misled by the rosy portrayal of a lawyer’s life in
TV or in the movies. In real life, lawyers would have 12 to 18
working hours, especially for those who are aspiring to be
partners in their respective law firms.
In order to achieve your goal, first, you need to have the
correct mindset. Here are some tips on how students can realize
their lifelong goal of becoming a lawyer:
1. Know what you want, and how to get it.
First, reflect on the reasons why you would like to pursue this
career. If you are just looking for the 'flash' or recognition
of becoming a lawyer, remember that becoming one is sheer hard
work. Just like in every profession, you need to give yourself
into studying, then working as a lawyer.
You may have this idealistic view as a kid that you want to save
the world from the injustices that is why you would like to
become a lawyer.
If you find yourself still passionate about this cause, there is
no harm in pursuing your dreams.
More importantly, remember that once you decide on taking up
law, you need to work very hard as a student.
2. Take off your rose-colored glasses.
You need to understand that not every student who takes up law
ends up with a job as a lawyer once they graduate.
You will not necessarily end up as a courtroom hero saving an
"innocent criminal" in this field.
You may find yourself dealing with real estate, corporate law,
divorce cases, or even drafting up wills.
Prepare yourself for all possibilities because anything could
3. Ask yourself, "Am I competitive enough?"
>From the time that you send in your applications, to the time
that you take the exam to be a licensed practitioner, there will
Applications for entry into law schools soar every year. What
are your chances of being chosen and accepted as compared to
thousands of other applicants?
Check the skills that you have and once you are confident enough
that you can get into law school, then you have gone through the
first step in achieving your goal.
4. Go to a university which has a record of getting a lot of
students into law school.
It is safe to say that if you are a graduate of a school which
"produces" a lot of great law students, then this should be a
plus factor for you.
There are universities that help the students get into law
school by providing mock exams and interviews, and also offer
letters of recommendation.
5. Having a good grade-point-average (GPA) is not enough, you
need to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with flying
Maintain your GPA, and make sure that you perform well in the
LSAT's. There are web sites where you can take practice tests at
a certain cost. You may also enroll in a course that aims to
prepare you for this particular exam.
6. Be an early bird.
Once you have decided on entering law school, make sure that you
submit your applications way before the deadline. This should
give you ample time to prepare.
Finally, you need to organize your letter of recommendations,
transcripts and all the paperworks that you will need to get in.
You may seek the advice of a consultant, undergraduates or
lawyers who have already passed the stage that you are now going
through as a hopeful law school student.
If you combine hard work with determination and you prepare
everything in advance, you will surely gain entrance to the
prestigious law school of your choice.