We’re excited to welcome back John Rood of Next Step Test Preparation. You may remember John’s previous post, How to Prepare for the December LSAT. He’s here to share why you should work with a pre-law advisor as you prepare for law school. Welcome back, John!
Last week I had the pleasure to meet over 100 undergraduate pre-law advisors at the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors Conference. There’s a big disconnect between students and advisors. On one hand, I consistently hear advisors say that they wish students would come to them more often and earlier in the law school admissions process. On the other, I consistently hear students say that they wish they had more resources.
So, here are the three reasons why you as a student should seek out your campus’s pre-law resources:
You’ve already paid for your advisor — so take advantage
Many, many students have an incredible, free resource for help on law school admissions that they simply don’t take advantage of. Advisors can help with all aspects of the process — from registering with and navigating Credential Assembly Service to understanding admissions timelines to editing your application documents. That last one is huge — it’s incredibly important to have someone give your admissions essays a second look, and advisors will generally do a great job on this.
Most advisors have been at this a long time (though there are certainly some that are new as well). In general, you’ll get more sage advice from someone who has seen hundreds of students go through the process than you will on Top Law Schools.
Advisors have access to information no one else does
LSAC collects a huge amount of data on law school applicants. Some of this it releases publicly, but some it doesn’t. In particular, LSAC has incredible data on admissions for students from your particular undergrad institution, and it only releases this information to the official pre-law staff at your college or university. Why is this helpful? It lets you get an idea of how students with your GPA and LSAT have done at a range of law schools. The data is even broken down by major.
There’s never a wrong time
You really want to engage your pre-law advisor early in the process. Really, sophomore year is a great time to schedule a first meeting. You won’t have a ton of detailed questions, but you can get help planning your process long-term.
However, it’s really never too late. There might be exceptions, but I’ve never spoken to an advisor who would turn away alumni from their institution even if the graduate is 10+ years out of undergrad.
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- How to Prepare for the December LSAT
- What to Think About Before Starting Law School
- Starting Law School in the Fall?
- Five Things To Do This Summer (Before Law School)
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