Considering Law School

Where do lawyers work? What do they do?

  • Fields of Law – information about different subfields of law, such as criminal law, human rights law, immigration law, and sports and entertainment law
  • What do lawyers do? – sectors of the legal field – information on the settings in which lawyers practice, including government work, public interest law, and private firms

What skills do lawyers (and law school applicants) need?

Law school applicants should seek to develop the following skills inside and outside of the classroom:

  • ABA Statement on Prelaw Preparation – the American Bar Association lists skills, values, knowledge, and experience that law schools seek in their applicants
  • LSAC Evaluation Service Questions (Archived) – though the Evaluation Service is no longer part of the law school application process, the categories it included are still relevant to the skills and traits that law schools seek in their applicants. These categories can guide the development of your application, including your personal statement and letters of recommendation.
  • Lawyers and their Skills – skills needed for effective legal practice

How much do lawyers make?

The answer may surprise you! Starting salaries for legal professionals can vary widely.

What do you study in law school?

  • Inside Law School – provides an overview of law school curriculum, as well as extracurricular opportunities to supplement your learning

How do I choose a law school that is right for me?

  • Law School Features to Evaluate – describes factors you can consider when determining which school best fits your academic and professional goals
  • LSAC Official Law School Guide – a directory of information about law school curricula, clinical opportunities, and more. Includes a feature to project odds of admssion based on your GPA and LSAT score
  • ABA Required Disclosures – a directory of statistitics regarding admissions, cost, diversity, financial aid, and bar passage rates organized by law school
  • ABA Employment Summary Report – a reference that describes employment statistics for law school graduates. Includes information on the sectors of the legal field in which graduates are working, and whether their employment is full-time vs. part-time, and long-term vs. short-term
  • Law School Lists – A reference guide of law schools’ admission policies and program offerings. Addresses topics such as deferring admission, December and February LSAT scores, scholarship opportunities, and more