Preparing for the LSAT
The Michigan State University College of Law Office of Admissions staff solicited LSAT preparation tips through a survey of students who achieved a score of 161 or higher on the test.
If you are considering a career in law, please contact one of our pre-law advisors. They are your best resource for planning your future law career.
Law School Companion
Your resource for helpful free law school information and the new home of ARISTOTLE: The Premier Pre-law and First Year Law School Preparatory Tool and Bar Exam Review - www.lawschoolcompanion.com. Find out why Rob Miller, Author of “Law School Confidential: The Complete Law School Survival Guide, By Students for Students” stated, “Going through this course before you get to law school will put you miles ahead of your classmates,” and included Aristotle in the chapter of his book entitled “10 Things You Must Do Before Classes Begin!”
Washington College Miller Library
An extensive online library of legal resources, including Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, can be accessed through Washington College’s Miller Library.
There’s lots of information about planning a legal career at www.lexis.com’s Career Center.
Law School Podcaster
There is a new, free resource to help applicants with the law school admissions process - Law School Podcaster. The goal of the new law school podcast is to deliver relevant information through regular audio segments for those planning to apply to law school. Topics cover everything a law school applicant wants to know, including a detailed behind-the-scenes view of the admissions process, post-law school job opportunities and current market trends. To learn more, visit www.lawschoolpodcaster.com
Criminal Justice Degree
Visit www.CriminalJusticeDegree.com, a non-profit site created to promote better understanding of the field of criminal justice as well as provide an unbiased source where students can see the many accredited schools which offer criminal justice degrees.
Visit www.ILRG.com, a categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, as well as thousands of locally stored web pages, legal forms, and downloadable files. This site was established in 1995 to serve as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the United States of America. Designed for everyone, lay persons and legal scholars alike, it is quality controlled to include only the most substantive legal resources online.
Visit NALP.org. The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is a non-profit educational association established in 1971 to meet the needs of all participants in the legal employment process (career planning, recruitment and hiring, and professional development of law students and lawyers) for information, coordination and standards. NALP’s membership includes virtually every ABA-approved law school in the US, Canadian law schools and hundreds of legal employers from both the public and private sectors. NALP is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers.
Visit www.accessgroup.org. For more than 25 years, Access Group has served as an advocate for students and schools to ensure continued access to higher education. As a premier originator and servicer of private education loans, and a third party servicer, we have a deep understanding of the specific demands of the industry; our reputation as trusted advisors and industry leaders translates into services that are flexible and customer focused.
One of the best online resources for students who want to learn about the process of applying to law school is maintained by the Boston College Career Center. The BC site helps you learn what law schools are looking for, what schools you should consider applying to, how to write a personal statement, and more.
American Bar Association
Learn more about the American Bar Association, the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
Equal Justice Works
Visit Equal Justice Works whose mission is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice by providing leadership to ensure a sustainable pipeline of talented and trained lawyers involved in public service. Equal Justice Works provides a continuum of programs that begin with incoming law school students and extend into later careers in the profession. We provide the nation’s leading public interest law fellowship program and offer more postgraduate, full-time legal positions in public service than any other organization. For more than 20 years, Equal Justice Works has collaborated with the nation’s leading law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments and nonprofit organizations to provide the training and skills that enable attorneys to provide effective representation to vulnerable populations.
Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
In 1968, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) was founded as a non-profit project of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. In 1998, Congress passed the Higher Education Amendments Act, creating the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program, which they deemed be administered by CLEO. CLEO is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups. Since its inception, more than 8,000 students have participated in CLEO’s pre-law and law school academic support programs, successfully matriculated through law school, passed the bar exam and joined the legal profession. CLEO alumni, many who had less than traditional academic indicators of success, yet were given an opportunity to attend law school, are represented in every area of society, including: private law firms and corporations, law schools, federal and state judiciaries, and legislatures across the country. The influence of CLEO alumni in the legal profession, in particular and throughout the country in general, is an indication of the important role CLEO has played in helping to provide a voice to underrepresented groups.
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. That’s why LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign � to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. With access to experts, inspiring stories about law school graduates, a list of the most frequently asked questions, and more, DiscoverLaw.org provides students with resources, tips, and tools on how to become a competitive law school applicant.
Since 1999, Interfolio.com has been the best way to collect, manage, and showcase academic and professional credentials for applications to positions in higher education, post-graduate study, and other opportunities. Interfolio offers individuals one central place to store their most important documents, while also providing the means to distribute these materials to any institution. Interfolio’s services offer a revolutionary way for people to present and market themselves professionally.
Stop by WC’s Career Center located in Caroline House for more information.
This is an extensive directory of law school academic programs, areas of emphasis without graduate degrees, joint degree programs, schools that award non-need-based scholarships, schools with evening divisions, study abroad programs, and much other useful information.
If you are interested in a particular law school, visit their website to obtain dates and information on Open Houses and Preview Days. Remember, it is perfectly acceptable for you to call the law school directly to obtain this information.