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Overview & Merit Grants!

Your law school application is akin to a business interview on paper. You will want to present yourself in an appealing manner. Researching schools and programs to find the right “fit,” submitting helpful letters of recommendation, writing an impressive personal statement and other essays, completing required forms, building relationships with the schools when possible, and mastering the bureaucratic details of the application process are all important to this effort.

BEFORE you click through the links below to get a sense of each part of the application process, please also note that you want the following items on your agenda:

Law School Application Workshop - This is a 2 hour soup-to-nuts workshop that provides an "insider" view on the application process. Please attend a workshop (you only need one) before meeting with the Pre-Law Office about your applications. We are delighted to be a valued resource at Hunter (see student testimony under "about the program") and look forward to consulting with you on your applications. The workshop is offered no less than 12 times each year in the late spring, summer, & fall, including nights and even a weekend session. Check out the events page for dates and times.

Application Grants $$$$$ - Hunter will make up to 15 awards based on merit to alumni and current applicants. The majority of Hunter folks apply after they have already graduated, so we understand the value of serving our alumni. In order to be considered for a grant, be sure to (I) come to the application workshop and (II) follow the additional steps below. Even if you decide not to apply for a grant, attending this programming is strongly recommended for everyone applying to law school this cycle.

1) Register with the program and be sure to opt in for LSAC to share information about your applications with the Pre-Law office.

2) Attend the following events to inform yourself about the application process. If you have an unavoidable conflict (like a class), please request to be excused no less than 24 hours before the event.

  • (i) Panel on Admissions Dos and Don'ts with local law school representatives - Avoid the mistakes that admissions folks see year after year, enhance your likelihood to receive merit funding, and maximize your opportunities at reach schools.
  • (ii) Discussion on How to Network at the LSAC Forum - What to ask, how to make a good impression, and ways to cultivate relationships with the schools.
  • (iii) LSAC Law School Recruitment Forum - The largest forum in the country - and the only one that lasts two days - is held each year at the Hilton in October in New York City. Build relationships and tactfully obtain fee waivers from law schools.
  • (iv) Mock Admissions Review Session (evaluation of actual applications) with a law school admissions officer.

3) Submit your application through the link on the Pre-Law homepage after consulting about your school choices with the Pre-Law Office.

The link to apply for the merit based application grant will be made available after Jan 1.  To be eligible for the award, students must START law school within five years of the date of graduation (i.e. a May 2013 graduate starting law school in September 2018 will NOT be eligible.) Those who completed their Hunter B.A. before that time are not eligible for this grant but are nevertheless welcome to attend all free campus admission-related programming. The maximum possible award amount has not been finalized; it will likely be no less than $300. Consideration for this award is limited to current degree-seeking Hunter students who are applying to law school this cycle for 2017 law school matriculation, and to those who received their B.A. from Hunter college since May 2012. Applicants will be required to provide their receipt for their law school seat deposit for final consideration for the award. This is an award based on merit. It is not a reimbursement for application expenses.

Click on the following links to assist you with the application process:

Admission Criteria

Where Should I Apply?

CAS

Letters of Recommendation

The Personal Statement

Application Forms

Dean's Letters or Certification Forms

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