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a school just for niche opportunities, and
she recommends keeping an open mind.
"Leave yourself open to the possibilities,
because people find practice areas at law
school that they might not have known
about as undergraduates, or might not have
predicted they would like," Mantis said.
3 Narrow your list using GPA
Now that you have a list of potential law
schools, it's time to narrow it down, and
that starts by assessing your chances of
getting admitted based on your GPA and
The Official Guide to ABA-approved
Law Schools on LSAC's website allows
users to search by GPA and LSAT score to
determine how likely they are to be admitted.
Keep in mind that admissions data can
vary from year to year. You might inadvertently eliminate a school because you
incorrectly assume your grades or test score
disqualify you, Margolis said. Searching by
GPA and LSAT score "may give you some
ideas and narrow your scope, but it's not a
foolproof way to see where you could get
in," she said.
Use this data to place your potential
schools into three categories - safety
schools, target schools and reach schools.
Now, narrow your list down to a few
schools in "reach" and only a few in "safety," by refining your search.
4 Use rankings to refine
Law school rankings can help you narrow
your list of schools. preLaw magazine offers
several rankings each year based on a variety of factors, including diversity, value and
If you are not interested in practical
training, for example, don't waste your time
reviewing that ranking. But if you are, use
it to help narrow your list.
The most dominant ranking is U.S.
News & World Report's list of Best Law
Schools. This ranking is important if you
want to work at one of the largest law firms
in the nation. Those jobs are all about prestige, and this ranking places schools in the
prestige pecking order.
"Your resume will have a law school
on it for the rest of your career," said
Mike Spivey, partner at Spivey Consulting
Group, which offers law school admissions
consulting and preparation.
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