The Application Process
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Ready to apply to law school? Here are some steps to help you strengthen your application and get in to the best possible school.
Prepare well and plan to take the LSAT once, preferably in June of the year you apply. Before you take the test, put in plenty of focused practice over time. For test-taking tips, see About the LSAT.
The Personal Statement
Your personal statement is a two-page essay that should present a clear, vibrant image of you. Your statement should have a clear structure, with an introductory paragraph, topic sentences, and a conclusion. Use clear, concise language and a confident tone. Tell your story in your own voice, writing about something you like or something you know. While the essay should be lively and expressive, it is not an exercise in creative writing. It is an exercise in communication. Give specific examples that support your assertions and your purpose.
For more information, see How to Write a Personal Statement.
Letters of Recommendation
Most law schools ask for two recommendations from people who recognize your strengths and understand your goals. Make an appointment to meet with your recommenders, and bring copies of your resume and/or work that you have done in their classes. Let them know why you are asking them to write for you and where you are applying, and review the points you would like them to cover. Also, make sure they know your timeline for completing your application, and give them plenty of time to meet your deadlines.
While the resume doesn’t take the place of the application form, it gives you the opportunity to highlight specific details and experience. Include a section on related coursework and research papers. For most law schools, you don’t have to restrict your resume to a single page.
Character and Fitness Questions
Some schools my require a Dean’s Recommendation or Dean’s Clearance of your academic and disciplinary standing. However, most will ask you to the answer questions about your academic and disciplinary standing yourself, in the Character and Fitness section of your application. Applicants must follow strict guidelines for candor and could jeopardize their applications if the standards are not met. See Full Disclosure on Disciplinary Issues for details.
A&S students and alumni may submit the forms to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall 103 or via fax to (617) 552-4975. Carroll School of Management students submit forms to the Associate Dean. Questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call (617) 552-3300, or stop by the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall.
Submit a Request for Boston College Transcript to send your grades to the law schools that you’re applying to.
Send your transcripts and letters of recommendation to The Law School Data Assembly Service. Send your application, personal statement, and resume directly to the law schools.
Concerned about paying for law school? Many schools offer scholarships, so start by speaking to the admission officers at the schools where you’re applying. You can also check out these resources:
Paying for Law School
This video from the LSAC reviews how to invest and fund your law school education, applying for financial aid, and minimizing your debt.
Financial Aid for Law School
FinAid offers lists of links to scholarships and loans.
American Association for Justice
AAJ offers several scholarships for law students.