Please note that we do not provide links for LSAT prep courses or tutoring services.
Law school application process
The Law School Admission Council administers the LSAT and acts as the clearinghouse for all of your application materials (through the Credential Assembly Service, or CAS). LSAC.org is the second most important website (after this one, of course) for law school applicants.
Researching Law Schools
Searchable database of all ABA-approved law schools, providing substantial data regarding admissions, employment, faculty and student body demographics, bar passage rates and more.
Searchable database of most recently available employment data for all ABA-approved schools. Does not include salary information, but is otherwise pretty comprehensive.
Customizable search engine for researching law school graduates' employment rates. Uses ABA employment data but allows you to reframe and view the data in a number of different ways.
Advocacy group whose aim is to make information about law school costs and employment data more readily accessible and comprehensible for individuals considering legal careers.
The American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education offers a number of resources for researching legal education options, as well as advice on undergraduate preparation for law school.
A collection of useful statistics about ABA-accredited law schools, including post-grad employment, admissions, and student body demographics.
Researching Legal Careers
NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals, is the primary source for information on trends in legal employment and the profession. They have prepared an excellent set of pages for applicants researching employment- and placement-related information.
The US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzes the employment outlooks for a number of occupations each year, including lawyers and other law-related jobs.
Podcast from Law School Transparency featuring interviews with lawyers in a wide variety of fields.
Financing Law School
Excellent, comprehensive source of information on all types of higher education aid, including scholarships and loans.
The experts in student debt relief. Equal Justice Works is the most reliable and up to date source of information about debt repayment options.
Law schools use the FAFSA to gather information relevant to aid determinations.
Information and resources from the National Consumer Law Center on all your debt repayment options.
Hundreds of scholarships available to students in or from Western Mass, for both undergrad and law/grad school.
A complete list of all community foundations in Massachusetts. Some, but not all, of these offer scholarships for higher education.
The American Bar Association offers 20 3-year $15,000 scholarships to support racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.
A free online database of scholarships.
Diversity in the Legal Profession
A project of of the Law School Admission Council aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession.
New York-based organization aimed at increasing Latino representation in the legal profession.
Resources, information and networking for individuals with disabilities who are applying to law school or in law school.
National conference aimed at increasing the numbers of excellent, strategic and competitive African American law school applicants, students and graduates nationwide.
Future of Law
Consortium of law schools bringing a collaborative approach to innovating legal education. Many resources available on the future of the profession as well.
Blog of Professors Bill Henderson, Jeffrey Lipshaw and Jerry Organ on the future of the legal profession.
Report of the New York City Bar Association, "Developing Legal Careers and Delivering Justice in the 21st Century."
According to the site's About page: "Our efforts are predicated on the idea that the future practice of law will be shaped not by the industry, itself, but by powerful, outside economic and cultural forces - as has been the case for the media and healthcare industries. We are working towards an original model for the law firm of 2023, designed to succeed and provide outstanding client service in a radically different marketplace."
UMass Websites and Services
Contact the office of the Dean of Students to access your disciplinary record in order to respond to character and fitness questions.
For assistance in researching and obtaining internships and post-graduate employment, and help with resumes, informational interviewing and networking.