How to get into law school: five things every applicant should know:

1. LSAT: Study Like It's Finals Week

The LSAT is a 3 hour test that focuses on three main sections: logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension. An experimental section that you will not be scored on will be thrown into the mix as well. This section will not be revealed to you as experimental, so treat all sections as if they count. At the end of the test there is an un-scored writing section that asks a controversial question. Your answer will be distributed to each school you apply to with your LSAT scores.

That being said, time and blood should be spent when studying for the LSAT. There are a few ways to go about this. The cheapest way would be to invest in some study books. If you buy the books online, say at, you can find some that are fairly inexpensive. Also, the LSAT Board sells a book containing the last ten LSAT exams given--this is a strong tool to have. Some people recommend around 100 hours of study time for the test, so if you go this route be sure to buckle yourself down for some major self-study. If, however, you are the kind of person that learns best through instruction, you may want to find a qualified LSAT tutor to help you through it. Kaplan and Princeton Review offer prep courses, which may prove to be quite helpful.

2. Work Experience and Internships Count (A Lot)

Internships and work experience are easier to obtain if you have been out of school for a while. For undergraduates going straight into law school, having an internship will set you apart and reflect your dedication and ingenuity. Work experience proves that you have been able to do well for yourself in a professional atmosphere. It will also better prepare you for in-class discussions. If a person's application is heavy in this area, it can be the "make it" as opposed to the "break it" for the applicant.

3. Research Law Schools That Serve Your Best Interests

Yale University may be a great school, but that does not necessarily mean that it is the school for you. There are several factors to consider when picking a law school. You want a school that will both set you up professionally and make you happy. Cost is a big consideration. How many years are you willing to spend paying off debt? It is a good idea to look at the scholarship opportunities each school offers. Perhaps a school with slightly less prestige, but certainly an adequate curriculum can offer you a partial or full ride. You will also want to look at the school's alumni. Do they have notables? Are the alumni heavily involved with the school? Can you make connections? What externships does the school offer? An externship would be a handy thing to have when out of law school and looking for a job. It is also a good idea to consider the teaching staff. What areas of law do the school and its faculty excel in? Does it match your own goals and aspirations? Finally, could you really see yourself living at that location? All these things are areas you want to consider when choosing a law school.

4. Spend Time on Your Personal Statement

All schools vary slightly in their personal statement prompt. It is important to make separate personal statements for each law school to match their individual prompts. You will also want to cater it towards the personalities of the different schools; some are more conservative than others. You definitely want to tell the admissions staff what it is specifically about that school that puts it at the top of your list (location is not a good answer here).

Be creative and stand out; "I want to go to law school because," is no way to start an essay. This is the place for you to shine, so show the school how your personal experiences make you the best candidate in the bunch. If you have engaged in any interesting or different work, or have had some sort of life changing experience list it here. If you do have work experience or an internship under your belt, explain the work you did there and how it has excited you and prepared you for a career in law. If for some reason your GPA or LSAT score is not what it should be, here is a chance to explain that. Show the admissions staff who you are; show them your personality. Above all, PROOFREAD!

5. Strong Letters of Recommendation

There are several factors that can make a letter of recommendation a good one. There is, of course, notoriety. If you happen to be friends with a famous politician, an influential layer, a well-known judge, or something of that sort then that could very well do well for you. Take caution, however. If you know a person only loosely, that person is not an ideal recommender. If you have a close relationship with any of your professors who would be more than happy to sing your praises (someone who can vouch for your work ethic), then that is the person you should ask for a recommendation. If you were lucky enough to take a law class, then it would be wise to buddy up to that professor, so they may write a smashing letter about what a great lawyer you'd make. If you have been lucky and tenacious enough to gather work experience, your supervisor would make an excellent recommender. To have someone praise your potential in an actual professional environment is a very strong letter indeed.

So there you have it, five tips that will serve you well. Good luck!