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Hi and welcome to my blog! My goal for this blog is to inform anyone interested in attending law school what it is like from the perspective of an evening student at Widener University School of Law.
So why do you want to go to law school? I know there are many answers. For some, maybe it is a chance of being a part of a noble profession. Others, maybe a significant pay raise and job security, and some maybe a chance to help others. For myself, that question has a simple answer. Passion! Passion for justice and resolution of life’s problems. The chance of entering a profession that I would look forward doing for the rest of my life.
Putting all the lofty ideas aside, if you are truly considering law school, here are some general tips that may help you.
- Do well on your undergrad degree. Although undergrad GPA is not the only factor law schools look at, the higher the GPA, the better chance you have of getting admitted.
- Determine which law schools you would be interested in attending. – visit www.abanet.org for accredited schools.
- If you are working full time, many schools now offer evening / extended programs.
- Start preparing now to take the LSAT. – visit www.lsac.org for more info.
- Look online or at a local bookstore for study aids on taking the LSAT.
- Be ready to dedicate many hours to reading and attending class.
- Have a good support network. If you are married or have children, discuss with them that this commitment will require a lot of time, which means less time for everyone else.
- If you have questions, ask law school admissions counselors, LSAC, or the ABA / your state / local bar associations. They are generally very eager and willing to help you get the information you need.
- If you have little or no pre-law experience, try to learn some of the common terms used in law / law school. (Case Briefs, Socratic Method, etc.)
- DO NOT READ the book 1L by Scott Turow!
If you are thinking about attending law school in the evening, here are some more specific tips that may help:
- If you are planning on working a full time job plus attend school in the evening, make sure that your employer will be flexible when you need them to be. . (e.g. – special projects, final briefs, mid / final exam weeks). Just be up front with them and most employers will work with you. However, you know your employer and their mentality, so ultimately it will have to be your decision on discussing such matters with them.
- Again, if you have immediate family, discuss with them how they feel about you attending law school and any thoughts or concerns they may have. Involve them in the process. If you visit any open houses, bring them along, so they can talk to admission counselors too.
- Effective time management is essential to succeed. Procrastinators beware! With working a full time job, full time class load, and staying connected to your family, time become very valuable. Know your priorities and stick to them.
- Most important, if you are accepted to a law school take some time off before the fall semester begins and do something fun!