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
jeremy.buchman@liu.edu

(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 American Bar Association does not recommend any particular group of undergraduate majors, or courses, that should be taken by those wishing to prepare for legal education; developing such a list is neither possible nor desirable. The law is too multifaceted, and the human mind too adaptable, to permit such a linear approach to preparing for law school or the practice of law. Nonetheless, there are important skills and values, and significant bodies of knowledge, that can be acquired prior to law school and that will provide a sound foundation for a sophisticated legal education."

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.



Here's a link to Columbia Law School Professor Michael Dorf's "How to 'Think Like a Lawyer': Advice to New and Prospective Law Students"


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).


For guidance on how to grapple with law school once you're there, How to Succeed in Law School and Launch Your Legal Career, by John Marshall Law School's Dean John E. Corkery, offers valuable guidance.



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 looking 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. 

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: