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COVID-19 and Law School Applications - UPDATED 7/9

The COVID pandemic and the response to it continue to impact various aspects of the law school admissions process. This post is updated regularly with new information and new questions (and answers), but remember that events are moving VERY fast these days, and circumstances are changing all the time. When in doubt, double-check the info to make sure it’s up to date. In particular, if you have applications pending right now—including waitlisted applications—don’t hesitate to contact individual law schools for the most accurate info about their own admissions process.

What about the LSAT?

NOTE: LSAC is updating this page regularly as new information emerges or as plans change.

UPDATED 7/9/20: LSAC has shifted the August 29th LSAT to the online LSAT-Flex format, to be administered 8/29, 8/30, and 8/31. Beginning with the August test, LSAC is also offering a new opportunity and imposing... read more »

The New LSAT “Score Preview” - Is It Worth the Extra Money?

On July 9, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced a new “score preview” service. Beginning with the August 29, 2020 test, first-time test takers will be allowed to see their scores before deciding whether to keep or cancel them. But there’s a catch: the score preview service costs an additional $45, if elected before test day (or before the first test day for LSAT-Flex administrations), and $75 if elected after (the first) test day. Test-takers with an approved fee-waiver from LSAC will not be charged the additional fee for the service.

So the question is, is it worth the extra $45? On the one hand, considering all the money you’re going to pay for the application process (at a minimum: $200 LSAT + $195 CAS + $45/school + each school’s application fee), you might have a tendency to think, what’s another $45? And if you’re in a position where that $45 is no big... read more »

Law-related courses for Fall 2020

Every semester, we provide this list of the amazing array of law-related and law-adjacent courses that might be of interest to students considering legal careers. Some of these courses are squarely focused on the law. Others are more in the nature of background learning that will help you more deeply understand the law and its place in our world. These 100+ courses can be found in over 30 different departments across 9 different colleges and schools at the University—and this is not even including the courses offered at the other four colleges (which are not listed here). It’s not just that the law touches every aspect of our lives and your studies, but that every area of study can support your eventual legal career. So think broadly as you consider which courses to take while you’re here at UMass, and rest assured that you will find something of value... read more »

Why you should make time for those visiting admissions counselors

I know what you’re thinking when you see that event listing for another visit from a law school admissions rep:

“I’m not really interested in that school.”

Or maybe, “I already visited the law school, so why do I need to talk to this rep?”

Or even, “They’re just trying to market their school—it won’t be of interest to me.”

Here’s why you’re wrong: there’s always good information to be gained from meeting one-on-one or in a small group with an admissions official. Yes, they’re definitely here to market their school and increase the number of applications they receive. But they’re rarely just narrowly focused on that. They don’t want to just increase the volume of applications but also the quality of those applications, and from their perspective, that means... read more »

Law school forums: What to know before you go

UPDATED JULY 2018

Should you go to one of the LSAC law school forums? What can you get out of these forums? All your questions are answered below.

What does a Law School Forum look like? It’s a large trade fair, basically. Imagine a large room, like the Student Union Ballroom or the big Campus Center Auditorium, filled with tables on which you’ll find lots of promotional materials, and behind which you’ll find representatives from almost every law school in the nation. There are also workshops focusing on the application process, financing, diversity, and legal careers. These workshops are led by both law school admissions officials and pre-law advisors from the local area colleges and universities. 

How will it be helpful? These events are most helpful to prospective applicants who are either still contemplating a broad range of schools, or... read more »

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