Applying to Law School

There are several paths you can take to pursue a law degree. Through working with students interested in law, our Pre-Law Advising Committee has developed a recommended set of courses and a timeline for students to better organize the application process. Here are the steps you should follow to ensure you meet application deadlines and requirements:

1. Take Suggested Pre-Law Courses

There are a number of courses offered at Elizabethtown College that can be helpful for law school preparation. These classes can help you develop and hone the skills necessary for law school.

Suggested Courses:

Class Department & Course Number
 American National Government  Political Science 111
 Mock Trial I and II  Political Science 301 & 302
 Constitutional Law I and II  Political Science  303 & 304
 Legal Environment of Business  Business Admin. 330
 International Legal and Ethical Environment of Business  Business Admin. 337
 Communications Law and Ethics  Communications 248
 Logic and Critical Thinking  Philosophy 110
 Advanced Ethics: Legal  Philosophy 255C
 Philosophy of Law  Philosophy 305 (PS 305)
 U.S. Criminal Justice System  Sociology 217
 Juvenile Law and Justice  Sociology 352

If you’re interested in a particular area of law, your advisor can help you choose additional courses that best prepare you for your future career.

2. Focus on the LSAT

LSAT stands for Law School Admissions Test. Think of it as the SAT for getting into law school. To do well on the LSAT, you need to prepare for several months in advance and practice on a regular basis. Some students start to study a year or more in advance.

Preparing for the LSAT

There are many different strategies, but most people recommend at least 4 months of preparation time (several hours per day during that time). You can prepare on your own using self-study guides (cost ~ $50) or enroll in prep courses (cost ~ $1500).

Because Elizabethtown College is a member of the American Mock Trial Association, Kaplan (an LSAT preparation organization) offers our students a 10% discount on classroom prep courses when you register online and use the promotion code “AMTA10”.

Additionally, the Pre-Law Director maintains a small LSAT prep library in his office. Pre-Law students are welcome to borrow these materials for a short period of time. The Pre-Law Director also holds practice LSAT exams for Pre-Law students several times a semester free of charge.

Retaking the LSAT

Most students who retake the LSAT, on average, improve their score by about two or three points. However, many students score the same or worse on a second test. Some law schools (but not all) take the average of your LSAT scores if you take more than one test. So, if you score a 150 on your first test, a 152 on your second test, your application may be evaluated as if you received a score of 151. In recent years, more schools are beginning to only consider the highest LSAT score earned. You should carefully research the admission practices for your prospective law schools and consult with the Pre-Law Director before deciding to schedule another LSAT exam.

3. Stay Organized & Find the Right Fit

To stay on track, we’ve developed a timeline to help you research law schools and navigate the application process throughout your time at E-town.

Suggested Application Timeline

Class Year Semester Classes/Activities

First-year

Fall

Focus on doing well in classes and developing skills necessary for success in law school.

Attend Pre-Law sponsored events to learn about law school admissions, financing law school, and law and law-related careers.

Sophomore

 

 

Focus on doing well in classes and developing skills necessary for success in law school.

Attend Pre-Law sponsored events to learn about law school admissions, financing law school, and law and law-related careers.

Consider taking practice LSAT (free)

Junior

Fall

Off-campus experience (if taking June LSAT)

Take practice LSAT (free)

Attend Philadelphia Law School Fair to begin getting information about specific law schools

Order information from law schools/view websites

 

Spring

Off-campus experience (if taking Fall LSAT)

Register for LSAT (if taking a summer test)($$)

  • Note:  Students are encouraged to take the test over the summer, if possible.

LSAT Prep (if taking a summer test)

Order information from law schools/view websites

 

Start of Summer

LSAT prep (if taking the LSAT in the fall)

Register for LSAT($$)

Think of personal statement topics and potential letter of recommendation writers

 

Late Summer

Begin research on possible law schools

Register for the Credential Assembly Service through LSAT ($$)

Send undergraduate transcripts to LSAC/LSDAS

Contact potential letter of recommendation writers

  • You will need at least two letters, possibly three.  Professors are best.

 

Visit prospective law schools

Senior

 Fall

Take practice LSAT (free)

Take LSAT

Complete research on possible schools to attend

Attend Philadelphia Law School Fair to get information on specific law schools

Visit prospective law schools

Update resume for law school applications

Begin writing a personal statement

Complete/submit law school applications (mid-November, possibly sooner)

 

Spring

Attend Pre-Law events

Some law schools may require in-person interviews

Law school acceptances arrive

Visit schools to which you are accepted

Complete financial aid forms

Decide which law school to attend

Graduate!

Need help navigating the law school application process?

Feel free to make an appointment to speak with the Pre-Law Director, Dr. Kopko (kopkok@etown.edu or x1990) if you have more questions.