Do you have dreams of one day becoming a lawyer? If so then it’s best to start mapping out your path to reach your goal, which usually begins with your law school application. Now before you just rush to piece one together, you may want to take a little time to think about how you can go about building a strong law school application. There are actually a few tips you can use that will help to make you a strong contender.
Here’s a look at five tips that can make a difference on your application.
Consider Interning at a Law Firm
One of the best tips out there for prospective law school students is to apply for an internship program. An internship is not only an educational experience, it also looks great on your law school application. It shows dedication and motivation on your part, and you’ll be learning what the field is all about. There are all kinds of firms that offer internships throughout the year. For example, law firms like WBTB Law continue to support law students by participating in the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP), and this can be a great place to start.
Where internships can really make a difference is that they teach you how to think like a lawyer and get a better understanding of the law overall.
Make Sure You Talk About Your Career Goals
Your law school application provides an excellent opportunity for you to talk about your career goals. This means honing in on specifics such as what kind of law you want to practice, and where you see your career going. A tip is to work backwards, meaning lay out your ultimate career goal first and then talk about how you plan to reach that goal.
Gather a Number of Recommendation Letters
No law school application should be complete without at least a couple of strong recommendation letters. These letters help to paint a picture of who you are. Give thought to who you get the letter from as you want to be sure the letter is positive, strong, and relates to your ultimate goal of attending law school. Ideal letter writers include a teacher who knows you well, a guidance counselor, an employer, or even someone at a law firm where you have interned.
Discuss Any Volunteering You Have Done
Volunteering can go a long way on applications, and a law school application is no exception. Make sure you discuss where you have volunteered and dwhat you have learned from the experience. Again, it helps to build an image of who you are and what you’re all about.
Schedule a Visit in Advance of the Application Process
The final tip is to make yourself known to the faculty. What this means is attend the law school in person, ask for a tour, check out the law school fairs, and take part in the law school forum. When you schedule a tour it’s also a good idea to ask if you can sitin in classes. Most law schools will allow this. Sitting in on a class is a great experience for you to give you a glimpse of what to expect, and it shows the law school just how passionate you are about your future.
After you visit the school it’s a good idea to follow up with a hand-written note thanking the school for hosting you, and outlining how enlightening and important the experience was for you. It’s all about making yourself visible at the school.
A Strong Application
By using these tips you’ll be sure to craft an application that is strong and sure to stand out from the crowd of applicants.