The Application Process

Deciding where to apply

Many factors should be considered when applying to law schools: geographical region, setting (urban or rural), size, selectivity, status, costs, financial aid possibilities, special programs (combined degree, affirmative action, night school, etc.), clinical programs, and so forth. The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools is a good place to begin; it is available online at The Guide presents descriptions of the various schools prepared by the schools themselves. These descriptions give a good sense of how the schools see themselves--what they think they do especially well--as well as specifics about their programs and financial aid. Many include a grid of their admissions record from the previous year at the various GPA and LSAT levels, which can give you some idea of how likely you are to be accepted at any particular law school.

Law school admission personnel are usually happy to provide information to prospective applicants. You should take the opportunity to meet with many representatives in person. The four Minnesota law schools send their Director of Admissions to Gustavus Adolphus each year to meet with pre-law students; watch for announcements of these meetings.

Once you have established a list of law schools to which you might apply, you should visit the law schools' websites to learn all you can about each. New catalogs are available in August or September.