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The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to fall, and the days are getting just a little bit shorter. This can only mean one thing: fall is here and school is most likely on your brain. If you’re set on going to law school next fall – now is the time to start getting your law school applications ready!
Canada has many excellent law schools worthy of your application, including Osgood Hall at York University, The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and McGill University’s Faculty of Law. However, each school’s application requirements are different, so it’s important to give each of your packages the time and energy they deserve. Yes – law school is difficult to get into. However, with an expertly crafted application, you’ll have a much better chance of getting into the school of your choice.
1. Include a competitive LSAT test score
If you’re reading this blog, you already know the importance of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Taking the LSAT is required in order to apply to all Canadian law schools and what you score on this test is a critical component to your application.
The LSAT is specifically designed to measure skills that are considered essential for your success in law school. This includes the testing of your ability to read and comprehend complex texts, organize information, and critically evaluate the arguments and reasoning of others.
If you haven’t already taken the LSAT – it’s time to start studying. It’s recommended that students study from 100 to 300 hours. If this seems daunting, don’t worry. Taking a test prep course will help you stay on track and help ensure a competitive LSAT score to include in your admissions package.
2. Read all application instructions carefully
This point may seem obvious, but it’s exceptionally important to read all admissions material before putting your application together. Each school and program will require a detailed package that may include supporting documents such as transcripts, research proposals, and writing samples.
Applying to a number of schools can be time consuming and challenging. Make a file on your computer for each different school and application. Keep your documents separate to ensure you’re including everything that is required – and so you don’t mistakenly lose an important document!
3. Get a second opinion
Getting the opinion of a trusted advisor about your application – specifically your writing sample – will further increase your chances of crafting an impressive law school application.
Having someone you trust read through the written aspect of your application is important because sometimes, you need an honest opinion. When it comes to writing, it’s all too easy to glaze over your essay because you understand your messaging. However, you need to make sure your thoughts and arguments are easy for others to grasp as well.
Be diligent in giving your advisor plenty of time to read through your application package. This way, you’ll have enough time to carefully comb through their advice and make the necessary changes.
The importance of a flawless application simply can’t be stressed enough. Law schools are difficult to get into and relentless about the candidates they accept. Most schools require you to have a B+ undergraduate average at minimum, but you also need to demonstrate your ability to research and write proficiently.
Proofreading your admissions package is a no-brainer. A huge part of law school and working in law is your ability to write clearly and error-free. If an admissions officer catches a typo in a student’s application, it’s an automatic red flag. Take the time to proofread all text in your application and you’ll be able to submit your admissions package with confidence.
Law school programs are exceptionally competitive. But a compelling, knowledgeable and typo-free application, combined with an impressive LSAT score, will make you an eligible law-school candidate. The best of luck to everyone submitting their applications this fall!
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