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Advice for undergrads with law school hopes

cug2019cug2019 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
I just graduated high school and I will be an undergraduate this fall. After receiving my bachelor's degree, I plan on attending law school.

Because I have something of a "blank slate" for college, I'd love to receive some advice from you all. What are some goals I should have for my undergrad in regards to law school and law school admissions? What do you wish you had known/done when you were an undergrad? Feel free to talk about anything - finances, grades, classes, majors, test prep, etc.

Thanks in advance :)

Replies to: Advice for undergrads with law school hopes

  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,562 Senior Member
    Get A's. Doesn't matter how and doesn't matter in what subject.

    Just get A's. Rock the LSAT and earn a huge, tax-free scholarship for LS.

  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,423 Senior Member
    You asked for it^
    My sister is part of a national corporate firm and has worked on some of their HR issues but hates that part.

    She says the market has too many law schools which have saturated the market with lots of unemployed law school grads with huge loans to pay back, who desperately send cold-call resumes.
    Her firm hires only by recommended partner submissions, when and if, they have any openings.

    Her firm has a lot of "potential attorneys" "clerking" for them but they've added a statement indicating that there are no guarantees for future positions.

    Their last hires a while ago needed to be fluent in Mandarin/Cantonese/Taiwanese, Korean or Vietnamese (professional written and spoken skills). Along with bicultural Spanish speakers, all potential new hires needed sharp English grammatical skills. Also, knowledge of cyber law and having CS background classes is apparently expected.

    Check the Bureau of Labor Statistics stats for future job growth.

    I don't know of too many law schools giving scholarships, but I don't know too much about that.
  • frazzled1frazzled1 Registered User Posts: 5,678 Senior Member
    @aunt bea , almost all law schools give scholarships. The top three schools (Harvard, Stanford, and Yale) do not. Law schools make much of the information about merit aid qualifications and renewal criteria available on their individual websites. The T14 schools and other highly-ranked schools usually require only a 2.0 for law school scholarship renewal; lower-ranked schools often require a higher GPA, and may deliberately make that GPA difficult to obtain by placing top merit aid recipients in the same section.
  • HappyAlumnusHappyAlumnus Registered User Posts: 1,199 Senior Member
    Focus on:
    1. Getting As
    2. Getting a few strong professor recommendations
    3. Spending a year or two after college doing something amazing, in the for-profit world or not
    4. Acing the LSAT (you can take it after college if you need)

    Do NOT focus on:
    1. The social scene
    2. Taking classes that you won't get As in
    3. Extracurriculars, unless they help with 1-4 above (and most do not help)
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