GPA and LSAT
Your grades in college and your score on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) are the most significant factors in law school admissions. The higher your grades and LSAT score, the greater your chances of admission to law school and of receiving financial aid. The Boston College Law School Range Finder is a useful tool for identifying law schools where your scores and grades are most competitive. This information is also published in the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, which is available in the reserves of the Hunter library on the second floor, as well as on the on the website of the Law School Admission Council.
Letters of Recommendation
Many law schools request two academic letters of recommendation and will accept more including those from employers and others who have supervised your work.
Personal Statement & Other Essays
Law Schools rarely interview candidates for admission; therefore, your personal statement is an important element of the application.
Extracurricular Activities, Employment and Internship Experiences
These can help make you stand out from the crowd. Law schools value leadership ability. Demonstrating leadership in one or two areas (they need not be law-related) is preferable to listing a large number of activities. Law-related activities may help you explore the legal profession and write a more focused personal statement for law school. Whatever activities you choose to do, you want to be able to show that you are a motivated, disciplined person, who pursues your interests.
Factors such as race, socioeconomic and personal background can influence admissions decisions.
An addendum is appropriate to explain unusual patterns of note or problems you wish to explain. Be sure to speak with the Pre-Law office about when these are best used and how to draft.