General/Pre-Law Concentration – Applying for Law School

There are a variety of strategies that will help you get into the law school of your choice. First, grades matter. Be sure to work hard throughout your undergraduate years to obtain a high GPA.

Second, your LSAT score is taken very seriously by law schools.  The LSAT is given four times a year. It is recommended you take the LSAT either at the end of your junior year of at the beginning of your senior year in case you wish or need to take it again. Prepare for the LSAT. You can take a pretest online to gauge how you might do. If your scores are not to your liking, you might want to invest some time and energy in an outside test preparation company. Your USF pre-law advisor can help you with this decision.

Third, your personal statement is an important component of your law school application. In this 1-2 page letter you are explaining why you want to go to law school and what you can bring to the table. Therefore, it is a good idea to spend some of your time as an undergrad becoming the type of student law schools find attractive through extracurricular activities, Mock Trial experience, internships, and volunteer work. Again, the USF pre-law advisor will help you craft a winning personal statement.

Finally, your letters of recommendation matter. An advantage of a small school like USF gives students the opportunity to develop real relationships with their professors. Take advantage of this. Let your professors get to know you as an active and engaged student. This will give them the fuel to write a strong letter of recommendation on your behalf.