Like a lot of people, maybe you didn't know what you wanted to do upon graduating college; you took the first job that came your way and now you are want to know how to get into law school 13 years after college:
- Good news, you don't have to take any more classes. Many Graduate Schools, such as Medical School, require that you complete certain classes before even applying. Law School is different; it doesn't matter what you majored in or what classes you took. Note: If you want to apply to Law School and you didn't have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0, you might want to consider enrolling in a post-baccalaureate program to increase your GPA.
- Register with the Law School Credential Assembly Service (LSAC). Most ABA-approved Law Schools only accept applications through the LSAC. The LSAC creates a sort of standardized report of your GPA, LSAT score, etc. which makes it easier for Law Schools to sort through applicants.
- Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The LSAT is also required for admission to ABA- approved Law Schools. The LSAT is also more important than your GPA, especially if you have been out of college for more than 5 years; thus it is very important that you do well. Before you take the actual LSAT, take a timed practice test and make sure you can score in the range your prospective Law School requires. This information is available on most Law School's Website, or you can call the Admission Office of the Law School you wish to attend.
- Find the Right Law School for you. Many Law Schools offer admission to students who want to attend part time or who want to attend night school. If you still want to keep your current job, this might be a good way to go.
- Remember that Law Schools love diversity. Don't look at having been out of school for so long as a drawback to your candidacy, think of it as a quality that will bring diversity to the campus. This is something to write about in your personal statement or essay.
- Get Your Letters of Recommendation from your Employer. Who you were when you were eighteen or twenty was a lot different than who you are now at 30 or 35, thus Law School Admissions Committees would rather hear from someone who can speak to your current abilities, such as an employer.
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