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Preparation for the Study of Law

Introduction

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IU Bloomington has one of the very few offices nationwide whose sole mission is to help you prepare for, apply to, and be admitted to law schools around the country. The Health Professions and Prelaw Center's Prelaw Advisors are happy to meet with you as often as you would like. Become familiar with all of the prelaw services that are available to you from HPPLC.

There are many myths and much misinformation about preparing for and applying to law school. Much information that is 100% wrong sounds absolutely logical, makes intuitive sense, and often comes from otherwise reliable sources (attorneys, law students, professors, even advisors).

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU HAVE CORRECT INFORMATION ASAP. Therefore, when you first consider law school as an option, review the Prelaw section of the HPPLC website at www.hpplc.indiana.edu. Consult with a Prelaw Advisor at the Health Professions and Prelaw Center in Maxwell 010. Call 812-855-1873 for an appointment, or email hpplc@indiana.edu if you have a quick question. We are happy to meet with you!

Undergraduate Preparation for Law School

Solid academic preparation at the undergraduate level is critical for applicants to any graduate program. For law school, this includes taking relevant coursework, choosing a major, getting to know the faculty, getting involved outside of the classroom, achieving a respectable grade point average, and doing well on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Since law schools use "rolling admissions," it is often to an applicant's advantage to apply to law schools by mid-November of the senior year, assuming one wants to enter law school in the fall following graduation. Thus, admission decisions may be based on the record you establish in your first three years in college!

Basic Elements of Preparation for Law School