Applying to Law School

Applying to Law School can be a daunting and complex process. As such, it is important to enlist help at every step of the way- from deciding on programs of interest to finalizing your application. Career Counselors assist with all aspects of the Law School application processes.

How do I decide if I should go to Law School?

Deciding whether or not to go to Law School is a big and complex decision.  A number of factors should be considered, including your career goals, your financial status, your desire to continue in school for another three years, and the current legal market. For more information about the law profession, see the Law industry page on the NCA website

How do I navigate the application process?

When applying to Law School, it is important that you start early and stay active throughout the process.  NCA Counselors are able to assist with all aspects of the application process, from creating a checklist and timetable, to streamlining and perfecting your personal statement.

Law School Admission Council Online:  Your starting point to find the answers to your questions. Information on the LSAT exam, LSDAS (application procedures and services), law school forums, diversity initiatives, publications, and more. Bookmark this site -- you will return to it often.

PreLaw Insider:  Get advice on studying for the LSAT, choosing law schools, financing your law school years and more.

LSAC Action Reports:  Find out the success rate of Northwestern students in applying to individual law schools.  Data include Northwestern applicants’average LSAT scores and GPA’s for specific law schools. Data are updated annually and used for advising alumni and students. You must meet with the prelaw advisor to access these data, which are subject to severe privacy restrictions. 

Resources for Minority Applicants:  Information from the Law School Admissions Council for members of underrepresented minority groups.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity ("CLEO"):  CLEO was founded in 1968 as a non-profit project of the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minorities and low-income students to attend law school and become members of the legal profession by providing pre-law recruitment, counseling, placement assistance and training.

Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Applicants:  Information from the Law School Admissions Council for members of these groups.

The Writing Place is Northwestern's center for peer writing consultations. A Writing Place peer writing consultant can work with you on your personal statement to help ensure that is clear, concise, and error-free. Consultations are free and available to current undergraduates and alumni. Consultations may take place on the Evanston campus or online (over the phone or Skype).

Equal Justice Works:  Resources for those interested in learning more about Public Interest Law, including law schools and programs, debt and loan forgiveness, and finding public interest jobs.