Pre-Law Program Application Information

cas_pre_law_handsPersonal Statement
Letters of Recommendation
The LSAT

Personal Statement

Along with the GPA and LSAT score, the personal statement is the third critical piece of the law school application. Some rules to remember;

Carefully prepare your Personal Statement. Be sure to respond to the question asked by the law school to which you are applying. There is zero tolerance for poor grammar and spelling errors. Proofread your work and ask someone to look at it to make sure it is error free.

Remember the Personal Statement is the vehicle that allows you to tell the Admission Committee what makes you tick. The statement should offer an insight into what has happened in your life that has made you the person you are.

For example: Have you had to overcome illness or a family crisis? Have you had a job or college experience that changed your outlook? Has there been a defining moment in your life? Did you engage in any community service activity that changed your perspective? Is there any issue you feel passionate about and how did you come to feel that way? 
It does not matter what the story is, but your essay should not be longer than two pages and should tell the reader about what kind of person you are and what your potential is.

It does not matter what the story is, but your essay should not be longer than two pages and should offer the reader insights about what kind of person you are and your potential for success as a lawyer. If you can, start with an anecdote. Your statement should be memorable because it needs to stand out from the hundreds of statements that the Admissions Committee will read.

Letter of Recommendation

  • Ask professors with whom you have taken more than one class. They are more likely to remember you and the kind of work you did.
  • Get to know a few professors well. Get noticed in class. Ask questions. Participate in class discussions. Visit the professor in his or her office. Do good work so you will get high grades. If possible, arrange an independent study or help with the professor’s research.
  • When you ask for a letter of recommendation:
    • Go in person to speak with the professor. Do not assume that he/she will remember you if you only send an e-mail.
    • Ask the following question: Do you feel that you can write me a strong letter in support of my application? If the professor is evasive, ask somebody else. A bland letter is not going to help your cause and you want to put forward the strongest case possible for your admission.
    • Bring a copy of your resume with you which should include your GPA, work experience, and outside activities. Write a one or two page summary of what courses you took from the professor, what grades you received, what papers or projects you worked on and what you learned from the experience.
    • Provide the correct e-mail address, stamped addressed envelope, etc.
  • Give the professor enough time to write the letter. A day or two prior to the due date is not enough. Ask at least weeks in advance and send a follow-up e-mail. Get confirmation that the letter has been sent. Don’t forget to thank the professor!

The LSAT

1. When is the LSAT offered?
The four-hour exam is given four times a year: February, June, October, and December. Plan to register at least one month before the test date.

2. When should I take the exam?
The Pre-Law Program at Fairfield recommends that students take the exam in June of the Junior year. Seniors who plan to take a year off before attending law school could take the exam then as well.

3.Why June?
Most schools have rolling admissions. The earlier you apply the better your chances of getting accepted.

4. Can I take the exam more than once?
Yes, but the Pre-Law Program recommends that students take the LSAT once. Schools will average the scores on multiple exams.

5. Should I take a prep course?
Yes, the LSAT is a demanding test. Advance preparation is essential to success. The Pre-Law Program recommends that students take a several weeks long prep course in advance of the test date. The Program can make arrangements for a live as well as video/online prep program.

6. What is considered a high LSAT score?
160+

7. How important is the LSAT score?
Critically important if you aspire to attend a top tier law school.