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Pre-Law: Applying to Law School


Things to Know If You're Considering Law School

1.  Online Resources

  • [law school admissions council]

2.  Information about law schools:

      ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools [available online at]

3.  In order of importance, admissions officers consider: 

      LSAT score; undergraduate G.P.A.; and Personal Statement.

4.  Personal Statement: 

      For guidance, see a guide to writing the Effective Personal Statement (43KB)

5.  Financial Aid:

      For general information, visit

6.  Addendums:

      Use these to offer explanations (not excuses or apologies); full disclosure is advised!

7.  Letters of Recommendation

a) Register with, and use their service for submitting and sending letters of recommendation;
b) you should request a letter of recommendation from THREE faculty members who KNOW you.  When you email a faculty member requesting they write a letter on your behalf, you should provide the following information: 

  • the specific classes / semesters in which you were their student
  • a brief resume
  • a deadline
  • instructions re: submitting / mailing the letter

8. Preparing for the LSAT

Start 9-12 months prior to when you wish to take the test; start with the low-expense options (review book; practice exams; etc.), then, if needed, pursue more focused (and pricey) options.

Contact Information:

    Dr. Robert Lane
    Professor of Political Science
    Pre-law Advisor
    Saginaw Valley State University
    7400 Bay Rd. / GN211
    University Center, MI 48710



Pre-Law Advisor
Julie A Keil

Gilbertson Hall-North Wing 227