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Resources: Websites & Library Materials

The publications noted below with regard to preparing for law school are available at the reserve desk on the second floor of Hunter’s main library. You can request the book at the reserve desk by providing the call number indicated.

In addition, materials provided through commercial testing preparation providers, such as Kaplan and Princeton Review, are available in the Career Development Library, Room 805 East. These materials will enable to you “preview” their services. Additional information that the testing providers put together with regard to the application process are housed here as well.

For a comprehensive bibliography relating to legal careers, take a look at the PDF download, “Resources for Prelaw Candidates” on the LSAC website. Go to www.LSAC.org > “Future JD Students” > “Know What to Expect”, then scroll down to “Choosing a Law School” > “Essential Links” > “Resources for Prelaw Candidates”. (Note that the placement of the bibliography is not intuitive on the site.)

Law School and the Legal Profession

  • ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools, 2010 Edition. Call number: Pre-Law 3 (Note: Much of this material is available on- line in a different format through LSAC.org.)
  • The Official Guide to Legal Specialties, by Lisa L. Abrams. Call number: KF 297 .A758 2000
  • What Can You Do With a Law Degree – A Lawyer’s Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law, by Deborah Arron. Call number: KF 297 .A875 2004
  • Essays That Worked for Law Schools, by Boykin Curry. Call number: KF 285 .E87 2003
  • [International] Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide, Volume II- International, 2005-2006, edited by Virginia Greiman. Call number: Pre-Law 5
  • Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, by Anna Ivey. Call number: KF 285 .I94 2005
  • How to Get Into the Top Law Schools, by Richard Montauk. Call number: KF 285 .M66 2004
  • Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer, by Gary Munneke. Call number: KF 297 .M8619 2002
  • Should You Really Be a Lawyer : The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During & After Law School, by Deborah Schneider, Gary Belsky. Call number: KF 297 .S36 2005
  • NAPLA/SAPLA Book of Law School Lists, 2010-2011 Edition, by Edward Stern and Gerald Wilson. This book, which is published jointly by two notable associations of pre-law advisors contains helpful lists of schools with regards to alternative types of programs (such as night programs and part time programs), as well as dual degree programs, programs relating to specific areas of study, and clinics. Call number: Pre-Law 2. The 2009 version is available on-line at http://www.bu.edu/cas/pdfs/undergraduate/LSAT.pdf.

LSAT Preparation

  • LSAT: The Big Orange Book of Real LSATs. Call number: Pre-Law 4
  • Next 10 Actual Official LSAT Prep Tests. Call number: Pre-Law 1
  • LSAT Logic Games Bible (PowerScore Series). Call number: Pre-Law 6
  • LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible (PowerScore Series). Call number: Pre- Law 7
  • The Official LSAT Handbook. An introduction to the LSAT and the skills it is designed to assess, published by LSAC. Call number: Pre-Law 8

Diversity: General

Diversity: Summer Opportunities and Ongoing Programs

  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) assists economically and educationally disadvantaged applicants in preparing for law school. CLEO offers a variety of programs and institutes in which Hunter students have recently participated. (www.cleoscholars.com)
  • Latino Justice/ Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) sponsors LAWbound in partnership with LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) to increase the number of Latinos who successfully apply to law school. It is a week-long program held in August in which students attend seminars with lawyers, judges and law professors. Participants in the program (and others) can get help year-round from programs run by PRLDEF’s education division. For more information, check out their website. (latinojustice.org/legal_education)
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) supports a summer corporate law internship program directed at underrepresented minority groups. The program is open to graduating seniors and recent graduates who plan to attend law school the semester following their SEO summer. (www.seo-usa.org)
  • Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools (TRIALS) sponsors a residential LSAT instruction program that helps motivated undergraduates of modest means – of any background – whose personal circumstances, self-identifications and unique perspectives might place them outside the mainstream of typical law school applicants. The program also includes a series of lectures by prominent lawyers and scholars. (_trials.atfoundation.org)

International Law

  • American Society of International Law advances international law scholarship and education for international law professionals as well as for broader policy-making audiences and the public. The website provides information relating to careers in international law. (www.asil.org/resources/careers.html)

Law School Admissions

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) provides a comprehensive bibliography of resources to help prospective law students explore legal careers, consider legal education, apply to law school, and finance their law school education. (www.lsac.org/pdfs/Resources-for-the-Prelaw-Candidate.pdf)

LSAC also provides information about the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) and CAS (Credentials Assembly Service). It also has extensive information about exploring the legal profession, financing law school, selecting schools and diversity initiatives.(See generally www.lsac.org)

In addition, LSAC provides access the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA- Approved Law Schools. The Official Guide gives four pages of information on each ABA-Approved law school. Includes information on GPA/LSAT score of admitted applicants and statistics on employment of law school grads. Information is searchable. (officialguide.lsac.org)

Boston College Law School Locator is a useful tool for identifying law schools where based on your scores and grades you are most competitive for admission. (www.bc.edu/offices/careers/gradschool/law/lawlocator.html)

NAPLA/SAPLA Book of Law School Lists, 2009 version is available on-line at http://www.bu.edu/cas/pdfs/undergraduate/LSAT.pdf. This book, which is published jointly by two notable associations of pre-law advisors contains helpful lists of schools with regards to alternative types of programs (such as night programs and part time programs), as well as dual degree programs, programs relating to specific areas of study, and clinics. Also available in the Hunter Library on reserve: Call number: Pre-Law 2.


Law-Related Organizations and Websites: General

  • American Bar Association (ABA) is the national organization of the legal profession. The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the ABA is identified by the U. S. Department of Education as the "nationally recognized accrediting agency for professional schools of law. (www.abanet.org)
  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers. (www.nalp.org)
  • Internet Legal Research Group (ILRG) is a legal information website with links to many interesting sites. A comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with links to many interesting sites. (www.ilrg.com)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) offers extensive programs for lawyers and sometimes offers programs of interest and open to college and law students. Check their website. (www.abcny.org)

Public Interest Law

  • Idealist is a listing of paid and volunteer job opportunities. It is also a good source of internship positions. (www.idealist.org)
  • Equal Justice Works offers an informative site for students exploring careers in public interest law. The organization Equal Justice Works provides a continuum of programs that begin with incoming law school students and extend into later careers in the profession. (www.equaljusticeworks.org)
  • American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono provides a state-by-state directory of law school public interest and pro bono programs. (www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/lawschools)
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