Thinking about Law School
Where to Begin
The following steps may help you to investigate your interest in a legal education:
- Research realities related to a law degree--possible career choices, anticipated debt, lifestyle choices, etc. Is it the best fit for your skills and interests?
- Research law schools using the LSAC Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools.
- Visit the Law School Locator Table created by Boston College, to get an idea of places you might apply.
- Register with the UNH Prelaw Committee to receive updates on guest speakers and events at UNH.
- Network, in person! Attend an LSAC Forum, law school fairs, and visit any law school you can to just walk around and chat! A good handshake and professional social skills are still valued. And send a thank you note each the school after any contact whatsoever.
- Meet with practicing attorneys and law school graduates, and ask them about their education and career. Join UNH alumni groups, and conduct informational interviews.
- After you've done some research, meet with the UNH Prelaw Advisor, or a member of the UNH Prelaw Advising Committee, to discuss your interests and options.
When to Begin
- Applications and Deadlines
- Typically, applications to law school are submitted in the fall semester prior to the academic year you wish to matriculate.
- Many law schools will post deadlines of March or April, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible, preferrably before Dec 1st. This is because many law schools have "rolling admission," which means they will consider applications as they arrive.
- In November and December, the applicant pool is much smaller, and therefore there is less competition for space.
- It is also advisable to have taken the LSAT in October or the previous year.
- The LSAT is only offered four times a year: February, June, October, and December.
- When choosing your test date, look to the three months prior and determine if you can commit to serious, intense test preparation and study during that time.
- Learn as much as you can about the LSAT, how it is administered, and how it is scored before you jump into test preparation.
What to choose for your UNH Major
- See what the American Bar Association (ABA) and the UNH Prelaw Committee have to say on this subject.
- Paula DiNardo is the UNH Prelaw Advisor and the Chair of the UNH Prelaw Advising Committee
- Her office is temporarily located in Kendall Hall (room 315) during the renovations of Hood House.
- She is a member of the Northeast Association of Prelaw Advisors (NAPLA), works closely with UNH faculty and law school admissions contacts to keep abreast of the latest trends and research regarding admission to and succeeding in law school.
- To arrange a meeting with her, login to Wildcat Advising. Select "Other" and "Prelaw Advising." If you are and alum, or unable to meet in person during the work day, you may call to arrange a telephone appointment with her, or correspond through phone (603.862.3485) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss you options and answer your questions.
- Law School Admission Council (LSAC) - this is where you should start!
- Law School Locator Table - This site shows applicants where they can expect to be accepted based on GPA & LSAT score.
- Exploring Career Options (NALP)
- Career Center (ABA)
- PreLaw Insider Magazine
- UNH Alumni - Where Do They Go?
- And, visit our page of Additional Resources