The Law School Admission Council
(LSAC) is the best website for information about whether law school is for you and applying to law school.
What factors are considered in admission to law school?
GPA. Grade point average is of utmost importance. In addition, the difficulty of course is also a factor.
LSAT results. Your LSAT score may be the most important factor. The LSAT score and GPA help to determine scholarships and the law schools for which you may be eligible.
Personal statement. Law Schools will want to know your strengths and abilities and why you are qualified for law school. Your personal statement should emphasize your special traits and what makes you different from other appicants.
Letters of recommendation. Almost all law schools require letters of recommendation from professors and other people who know you and your special abilities the best. The recommenders will be required to write a detailed letter of recommendation.
What is the LSAT? (www.lsac.org)
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
The three multiple-choice question types in the LSAT are:
Reading Comprehension Questions—These questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school. The Reading Comprehension section contains four sets of reading questions, each consisting of a selection of reading material, followed by five to eight questions that test reading and reasoning abilities.
Analytical Reasoning Questions—These questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure. You are asked to reason deductively from a set of statements and rules or principles that describe relationships among persons, things, or events. Analytical Reasoning questions reflect the kinds of complex analyses that a law student performs in the course of legal problem solving.
Logical Reasoning Questions—These questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. Each Logical Reasoning question requires the test taker to read and comprehend a short passage, then answer a question about it. The questions are designed to assess a wide range of skills involved in thinking critically, with an emphasis on skills that are central to legal reasoning. These skills include drawing well-supported conclusions, reasoning by analogy, determining how additional evidence affects an argument, applying principles or rules, and identifying argument flaws.
When should I take the LSAT?
Preferably, you should take the LSAT no later than the summer or fall of the year in which you intend to apply, a full year (or more) before you intend to begin law school. If you are still at RMU and plan to go to law school right after graduation, you should take the LSAT in June after your junior year or September/October of your senior year.
What major should I choose?
There are no specific majors designed for Law School. A pre-law curriculum or major is not necessary as long as you take courses that enhance your reasoning skills. Acquiring excellent writing and analytical thinking skills are essential to being admitted to law school and doing well in law school.
Is there a Pre-law program at RMU?
YES. There is a Pre-law Advisory program at RMU.