Deciding to apply to law school is one thing. Identifying how many law schools you should apply to is another. If you want to be sure that you will be able to pursue your law degree, you have to be ready to apply to several law schools to guarantee a spot in at least one institution.
So, How Many?
Determining the number of law schools you should apply to depends on several factors, including the actual schools you want to go to, the college you attended, your academic record and accomplishments, your LSAT score and GPA, and your geographic preference.
According to a survey conducted by lawschoolnumbers.com, an average applicant applies to six law schools. It is of course up to you to figure out if you want to apply to more or less than the average as you see fit. For example, if you have a very competitive GPA or LSAT result, you should apply to at least four excellent law schools and a good mix of fit and safety schools. A good metric for safety schools is that you are near the 75th percentile for GPA and LSAT for accepted students in the previous year. This will give you a fall back option if something goes wrong with your other choices. Generally speaking, you should try to have a balance of approximately 20% safety schools, 20% reach schools, and 60% fit schools on your list.
A lower GPA and LSAT score generally means that you should apply to more law schools to increase your chances of getting admitted somewhere. While eight to 10 schools should be enough, extending the list to 12 or more schools will do you no harm (except for the modest application fees). After all, the longer your list is, the higher your chances are of becoming a law student. Be realistic, as well. You can always try to transfer to a more competitive school once you get in. Nonetheless, our advice would be to not have this plan going in unless you were comfortable graduating from the school to which you are matriculating.
Getting into a Good Law School
A comprehensive and strategically crafted curriculum vitae, outstanding academic accomplishments, impressive personal statement, and above-average LSAT score and GPA are the crucial factors in admission to top law schools. If you have all of these, together with strong personal qualities, leadership skills, and distinctive talents that are all reflected well in your application, you should have be a competitive applicant at some of the very best law schools.
Pursuing a law degree doesn’t stop at getting into a good law school. It involves preparing yourself for the challenges ahead. If you have questions, or need further assistance in improving your law school application, schedule a call with an InGenius Prep law school admissions expert.
This post was written by an admissions expert at InGenius Prep.