Law School Admissions

Law School Admissions

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Welcome to LearnLawBetter. Wondering how the law school admissions process
works? Want to learn more about the process from
an insider. Stay to the end as I explain what you need
to apply to law school and then how your application is handled by law school admissions. Now don’t forget to hit the like button if you
enjoy the episode and click the subscribe button and bell if you don’t want to miss
any future episodes. Also, let me know in the comments what additional
admissions questions you have. Hi, this is Beau Baez, and today I want to
discuss law school admissions. Having served on a faculty admissions committee
for several years, I’ve seen lots of student files and talked to many law school applicants. Documents. Law schools use the services of the Law School
Admissions Council, or LSAC for short, to compile most of the required admissions documents
into a standardized report. You will send LSAC your official transcripts
from all colleges, graduate schools, and professional schools you’ve attended. Some law schools require letters of recommendation,
which you will also send to LSAC. Finally, if you’ve taken the Law School
Admissions Test, or LSAT as its generally referred to, the LSAC report will provide
all LSAT data from the previous five years. Though the vast majority of applicants take
the LSAT, more and more law schools are accepting the GRE as an alternative to the LSAT. Though unless you are a math whiz, I recommend
you take the LSAT. In addition, law schools will want the following
documents sent to them directly rather than through LSAC: an application, a personal statement, resume, and an application fee. Once your file is complete, then the law school
will review your application. Sorting. Because of the large numbers of applicants,
law schools sort students into three groups based on LSAT and GPA. There are the presumptive admits, the presumptive denies, and then the maybes in between. The presumptive admits get admitted, unless
there are any red flags in their files, such as a serious crime or academic dishonesty issues. The presumptive denies are rejected quickly. When I review the presumptive deny files I glance
through them in less than a minute. So don’t expect your volunteer service or
work experience to overcome a low LSAT and GPA. Admissions Work. Most of the work by the admissions are those applications in the middle and the presumptive admits with the irregularities. The law school wants to admit the most qualified
group it can get but they also need to fill a certain number of seats for its entering class. This is where the game of cat and mouse begins. If you are in this nether world, you might
not hear back from the law school until April or May. Also, the law school knows from prior experience that not everyone it accepts chooses to attend, That’s where the waitlist comes into play. The waitlisted applicants are kept in reserve
so that the law school can fill in vacancies as the occur throughout the summer, and even through the first week of classes. When I attended Georgetown, someone in my
section left during the first week of classes when Harvard pulled him from the waitlist. Letters of Recommendation. Make sure you get a letter from a trusted
source. This person needs to speak about your knowledge,
skills, and abilities. Some students will find a Senator or a Congressman
to write a letter as a favor to a relative. But these letters are practically worthless,
as they don’t address the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. In other words, a letter from the President of the United States in your application file isn’t going to make up for a low LSAT and GPA. One of the oddest letters I’ve read involved
an applicant’s next-door neighbor. The letter mentioned that the applicant was a nice person, and did a great job mowing the lawn. Now, in law school, mowing the lawn is just not one of the skills and abilities we’re looking for. Interviews. Some law schools will ask you for an interview,
while at other law schools you can get an informal interview by just showing up at the law
school. This is your chance to shine, especially if
you are in the waitlist group. For those of you that are in the presumptive admit category, the key is to just not say anything that’s going to cause the interviewer to have concerns about you. Follow the process. When you apply, work with the admissions department. Don’t go outside of the process unless
your parents have a special connection with someone at the university. For example, if your parent was the roommate of the college president, then your parent may make a call to that person and try to get you admitted. Now law school admissions departments are used to these kind of admissions and they always reserve a few spots for these applicants. I know someone who decided the day before
classes began that she wanted to attend, so her father made a call and was admitted
without any documentation in her file. The documentation came in after classes had already begun. Even though I was on the faculty admissions
committee, I was not the point person for applicants. Yet each year I would get emails from applicants,
explaining to me their special circumstances. Even worse, a couple of times an applicant’s
parent would call me on the phone and plead their adult child’s case to me. That’s just never a good thing to do. As you make plans to attend law school, I
wish you well. Make sure to watch my other video on law school
rankings, which will help you understand how to use the rankings to get you into a better
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31 thoughts on “Law School Admissions

  • t p Post author

    Interesting like always

  • Learn Law Better Post author

    Please share your insights into the law school admissions process, and post any questions you have.

  • Dani Gaming Post author

    Very nice video 😉 Keep it up! Your one of the best lawyer youtubers ..Another example is "LegalEagle" you should do a video with him 🙂 i will reccomend to him to make a video with you at his mext video :)) But first .. Do you want to make a video with him ??

  • Unknown Clanz Post author


  • Unknown Clanz Post author

    Do you need a second language for law school

  • Jamel Campbell Post author

    Do you have any recommendations on how to best study for LSAT?

  • Jamel Campbell Post author

    Does it increase the chance of admission if a student has an MBA?

  • Raymar Baquial Post author

    Hello! Do you have any advice for freshmen entering law school? Like what can a freshman do during the summer before attending law school.

  • Nico Misuraca Post author

    1L here, I wish these videos were released when I was going through the admissions process. Very good information.

  • Luis Guerrero Post author

    I am planning on applying to law school next year. I have been out of college for about 6 years and have no contact with my old professors. How do I go about the letters of recommendation portion of the application?

  • aangita Post author

    I just got off the wait list. I'm so excited! It was my top pick. 🙂 The waiting is agonizing, especially for someone who really likes to plan.

    What really helped was connecting with a former professor from undergrad. He was a Pre Law professor with the business school and after having lunch and asking him about law school in general, he wrote me a fantastic letter of recommendation, without my asking, and submitted it to the admissions director. My scores were in the lower end of what GSU admits, but I felt hopeful (not only that, I was also accepted/waitlisted in the other top law schools in GA).

    Having an interesting career pathetic prior to law school, connecting with good law firms and having them write a LOR as well as a professor who can truly attest to your skills is major. Especially if you're not a strong test taker like myself.

  • James Post author

    Do law schools see your undergraduate class list from lsac? And how is community college GPA factored into your overall GPA. Also does attending a community college inhibit one’s chances from being admitted to a top tier law school if there overall GPA and LSAT meets the schools numbers?
    Thank you.

  • Yakir Elbaz Post author

    I Have a comment about the filming, maby take the camera a bit further away

  • Dan Hulseapple Post author

    Hi there! Love your channel. It's been highly informative for me as I navigate this process.

    One question, though. In your experience, would a slightly higher GPA make up for a slightly lower LSAT score during the admissions process? Naturally if an applicant's LSAT score is drastically low, there's not much to be done. But assuming their GPA (along with other materials) are on par with, or exceed the school's standards, will it make up for an LSAT that is a few points lower?

    Thanks! Keep the videos coming!

  • Marc Balcerzak Post author

    Is 45 too late to go to Law school? What are advantages and disadvantages of attending Law School later in life?

  • Katteti Vikram Post author

    Learn law school is very helpful sir

  • ritamix33 Post author

    What law schools was he an admissions rep for?

  • Meast Post author

    I’m a junior with a 2.98 GPA. Am I screwed?

  • Albert Boakye Post author

    Hello, thanks for the insightful information. However, can you share your views about early admission binding decisions and how to explore its possibilities. I think it will be helpful if there are strategies to manage putting students on hold for accepting early decision binding and overcoming its challenges.

  • Neal Hillam Post author

    How did you like Georgetown? I am considering GULC.

  • Rashid Yasin Post author

    So who should we consider for recommendation letters? I’m thinking of my professors but do you think of anybody else which can have a better impact

  • John Smith Post author

    I loved the video! Quick question: I am going to be applying to some top 15 law schools (Northwestern, Duke, NYU, etc.) and also some more reach schools (Chicago, Harvard, Columbia). I will be applying with around a 3.72 GPA (from Brandeis University) and 171 LSAT. What would you say are the chances, purely based on scores, to get into any of these schools? Thanks!

  • gshock knick Post author

    Do top law schools (IVY-Top 20) care if you spend an extra year undergrad? I just finished my first semester at UMiami with a 3.9 as a transfer Junior. I would like to spread out my classes to have the best opportunity to succeed. I can graduate with a 3.7, 5 year average or a 3.62, 4 year average. So I think my choice to stay an extra year is the right one. In addition, will being on the Presidents list (4.0) or Provost's Honor Roll (3.75) multiple semesters be well noticed by the Ivy's?

  • Finesse 4Real Post author

    My channel is geared towards Non Traditional law students

  • Marsha Roach Post author

    Does having a low credit score and traffic tickets would effect your admissions. Can you start. Law school when your 45 ? Second career

  • Namara Rebecca Post author

    Hello, thank you so much for all the advice that you give it helps so much .am great ful

  • Anne Reilley Post author

    5:40 I remembered this part when I learned of the recent college admissions scandal. It comes across as if it's accepted people bribe or get into school just by knowing someone and not merit.

  • Erum Eydn Post author

    What can you tell us in terms of GPA requirements, what is considered TOO low as well as with LSAT

  • Alonzo Cortez Post author

    Will taking gre instead of lsat be looked at as the same?

  • Yifan Wang Post author

    Very helpful advice! I’m currently waitlisted. I have a STEM PhD and 3 years of work experience. Is there anything I can provide to the Admissions Office at this point to help?

  • Fritz Musterman Post author

    How long does end of cycle application responses take on average? Is it proper to call the admissions office if it seems to be taking a while (a month or two) for a response? Will law schools always respond to you one way or another?

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