When planning to go to law school, it is important to plan early for the admissions process. You need to worry about more than just taking LSAT practice tests. Besides LSAT test prep and testing, you need to do everything possible to impress the law school admissions departments where you will apply. This means that you need to start early and have a plan.
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Register with the LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service) immediately. All of your letters of recommendation (LORs), transcripts, and LSAT scores must go through this service provided by LSAC (the Law School Admissions Council.) LSAC compiles this information and then sends it to the school you select. Without the LSDAS registration, you cannot proceed with other steps in the admissions process.
Obtain LORs. Even if your school allows non-professors to give LORs, it is always best to choose professors. The LOR is a great chance for a knowledgeable educator to tell the admissions council how and why you will be a great law student. This is better than obtaining an LOR from a prominent politician or graduate of the law school. Those people are welcome to contact someone at the school on your behalf, but your LORs should be from professors. You need to provide personal background and education information in bullet form to assist the writing. Do not assume the professor knows exactly what to tell a law school, so it is wise to stress what facets of your abilities you would like highlighted. The professor needs to speak to your reasoning and writing abilities. The LOR needs to explain how you will make an excellent law student. Start this process early. You do not want to rush the writer, and you need to take the time to prepare the supporting information before asking for professors.
Have transcripts sent from all of your schools to the LSDAS. Some schools can be slow to process transcript requests. Sometimes there are errors. It is good to do this early, too. You do not want a mundane error to cause you to miss the ideal application periods for your choice schools.
Work on your personal essay and resume right away, and submit these to the LSDAS. Do not wait until after getting your LSAT score.
Finally, you have to use the LSDAS to sign up for the LSAT. Additionally, there are some test prep materials available on the LSAC website. It takes a number of weeks for the LSDAS to send your test results to each school, so budget for this time.
The lesson to be learned is that you should work on all the other areas of admissions before taking the LSAT. LSAT is the biggest component of the admissions process, and it is also the most time consuming. Yet these other areas can provide unexpected delays if neglected until after getting your LSAT score. Plan ahead to make your application package as good and timely as possible.
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