If you’re interested in attending law school, it’s never too early to start setting goals. Put together a plan for yourself that breaks your time at UCF down by semester. This law school preparation blueprint could include your legal studies coursework, any extracurriculars you want to do and LSAT test prep time. Having a plan to guide your time at UCF will help you feel more confident as you begin your law school preparation process.
Below is a collection of questions that eager law school applicants frequently ask. These questions can always be answered more in-depth by scheduling an appointment with the legal studies advisor, Mrs. Kristal Johnson.
Is legal studies a good major for law school?
Legal studies is an excellent program for students wanting to go to law school. However, law schools do not prefer one major over another.
How do I make my law school application really stand out?
You are the difference in your law school application. A well-rounded, prepared and professional applicant is what law schools want to see most. A strong LSAT score and GPA are important as well, but they are not the only factors of consideration.
For example, although volunteering and being involved on campus are not mandatory for law school applicants, they are valuable experiences. Students can join legal studies-focused organizations like Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Delta Phi, the National Black Law Student Association, the Immigrant Justice Center or LatinX Law Association. The Department of Legal Studies also has Mock Trial, Moot Court and Mediation teams that students can join.
What are some tips for LSAT test preparation?
When preparing to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), some students may benefit from working with a tutor, while others will prefer to plan their own test prep schedule. There are several free tools available for test preparation, such as the Law School Admission Council's test preparation resources and Khan Academy’s prep course. LSAT preparation courses and textbooks are also an option to consider. It is recommended that you take the LSAT in the summer or fall the year before admission. Students are encouraged to take the test after thorough preparation and study, so it’s important to plan and build up to a point of readiness.
Although the LSAT is the most widely accepted test for law school admission, some law schools accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. However, once the LSAT is taken, the GRE will no longer be considered for law school admission.
Do law schools frown upon a gap year?
Taking a gap year after completing an undergraduate degree program is not unusual. Law schools do not look poorly upon this choice.
Law School Admission Council
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is the overarching body for students wanting to go to law school. Their website hosts LSAT registration and test prep resources as well as tips on applying to law school.
LSAC Law Forum
Put together by the LSAC, students get the opportunity to speak with representatives from law schools all around the world. Also present are representatives from the LSAC and AccessLex.
LSAC’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS)
This program is centered around the skills necessary for success in law school. This program is designed for students in their first two years of college.
Standard 509 Reports
The Standard 509 Report is a collection of information from American Bar Association approved law schools. Students should refer to this report as they decide on which law school to attend.
AccessLex is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing students with free, comprehensive assistance as it pertains to paying for law school, such as information about available scholarships and relevant webinars to attend.
LexScholars by AccessLex
This free initiative provides law school admission counseling, financial education, writing skills development and LSAT prep.
National Association for Law Placement, Inc.
The National Association for Law Placement provides students with employment trends in the legal profession.
Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity offers workshops and webinars on preparing law school.
CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) Pre-Law Programs
Students can obtain training from the workshops and programs offered over a four- or six-week span.
UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program
This is a residential program in Houston for students to experience what the legal profession is like.
An initiative of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) Education Division, this opportunity tries to remove barriers to students matriculation to law school.
Trials Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools
A partnership with Harvard Law School and NYU School of Law, students take residence at Harvard or New York University for LSAT prep. They also get to interact with law school professors and legal professionals.
PLSI Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Individuals are immersed in a two-month program that offers a replica of the first semester of law school.