Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Applying to Law School
But Were Afraid to Ask

Jeremy Buchman
Associate Professor of Political Science
and Pre-Law Advisor 
307 Hoxie Hall

(516) 299-3124

Here are some links that should get you started in your quest to find, and apply successfully to, the law school of your choice. I'll start by tackling what is perhaps the most common question I receive: "What major should I pursue if I want to go to law school?" Here's what the American Bar Association (ABA) has to say on the subject:

"The ABA does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as history, English, philosophy, political science, economics or business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as art, music, science and mathematics, computer science, engineering, nursing or education. Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education. A sound legal education will build upon and further refine the skills, values, and knowledge that you already possess. "

Your choice of major, in the end, should be dictated by your scholarly interests. Pursue your passion, challenge yourself intellectually, and develop the skills that will serve you well in your legal career.

If, however, you're having second thoughts (or first thoughts) about your decision to go to law school, then I'd recommend Letter to a Young Law Student, courtesy of Slate's Dahlia Lithwick.

For advice on maximizing your odds of acceptance to the law school of your choice, I'd recommend this page, courtesy of Dan Pinello of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Also highly recommended is FindLaw.com's collection of pre-law links, as is Top-Law-Schools.com, which features articles on virtually every aspect of the application process, including this one on finding a school in the New York market (though I should note that it's targeting students who are seeking to work for big law firms, so if you're not considering that career path, discount the author's advice accordingly).

If you'd like to know how your GPA-LSAT combination relates to the probability of admission to the law school of your choice, you'll definitely want to check out the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools. The site provides a tremendous range of information about every ABA-accredited law school, and you would be foolish to apply to law schools without having looked at it. In previous years, students had to come to my office to view this information in printed form, or procure the book at their expense. Now, thanks to the miracle of technology (and LSAC's desire to save money), you can access this information from anywhere. 

The ABA also collects information, available here, that is crucial to your law school search. You'll be able to access a wide range of data about each ABA-accredited law school, including demographic information about students and faculty, generosity with financial aid, acceptance rates, bar passage rates, and which sectors of the legal world graduates gravitate to. If you're researching law schools, stop whatever you're doing and visit this site. Seriously. This page will still be here when you return. 

And here's a link to the NAPLA/SAPLA Book of Law School Lists that has so much information that it merits special attention. Want to know

If so, you'll want to check it out. Warning: the PDF runs several hundred pages, so be prepared for a sizable download.

And if you're a prospective or current LIU Post student who is wondering where Post alumni have been admitted, here is a list.

Some other sites of interest: