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Hacking the Law School Application

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Tags: applying, free stuff, LSAT
Apr 2, 2023

This list is broken down into distinct parts of the law school application process.

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  1. Making the Decision to go to Law School
  2. LSAT Prep
  3. Taking the LSAT
  4. Putting Together Your Application
  5. Applying to Law School
  6. Preparing for Law School
  7. Related Articles

Making the Decision to go to law school

  1. LSD Articles
  2. LSD.Law has a lot of free articles and resources to help teach you about law school and the application process. 
  3. Everything on the site is free and nearly all data is user generated. Join the movement to make law school more accessible by becoming a member today
  4. Book: Don’t Go To Law School (Unless) by Paul Campos
  5. The book is not free, but you can find a flowchart of the main message here.
  6. It is a little negative about the decision to go to law school, so it might push you away from applying. However, if a flowchart convinces you not to go to law school, then you probably shouldn’t go. Law school is a long, expensive, and doesn’t necessarily set you up to make enough money to justify the cost, so you should think hard about the decision before you agree to go.   
  7. Law School Admission SubReddit
  8. LSD has an article about r/lawschooladmissions that is worth checking out before logging onto r/lsa and explains some of the pros and cons. 

LSAT Prep

  1. PowerScore
  2. All of PowerScore is not free, but they do have some free resources
  3. If you have an LSAC fee waiver you can get the PowerScore on-demand course for free if you are retaking the LSAT
  4. They have a whole suite of free products that you can see and download, and they don’t even ask for your contact information. 
  5. Scribd
  6. Scribd is not free, but they do have a 30 day free trial
  7. At last checked you can find and download over 40 prior LSAT tests 
  8. While you are on the free trial you can also get access to quite a few LSAT test books for free
  9. Khan Academy
  10. Khan Academy has partnered with the LSAC to offer a free LSAT Prep program. 
  11. You get access to a great interface for hundreds practice questions and about 13 full practice tests
  12. You can make your own schedule and Khan will help you keep to it
  13. The Official LSAT Prep, LawHub
  14. Similar to Khan Academy, LawHub offers access to two free practice tests. 
  15. LSAC Fee Waiver
  16. You can get the Official LSAT Prep Plus for free if you have received an LSAC fee waiver. 
  17. Most people will buy the LSAT Prep Plus at some point because it is required for every (good) LSAT Prep course and is the easiest way to get access to over 60 practice tests.

Taking the LSAT

  1. LSAC Fee Waiver
  2. Not everyone will get approved, but it is worth checking out the LSAC site to see if you might qualify. Keep in mind that you can always appeal if you get denied. You can also check out LSD’s guide to the fee waiver.

Putting together your application:

  1. Take advantage of a free consultation from an admissions consultant
  2.  There are many consultants out there, and some offer free initial consultations. One example is PowerScore, and you can sign up for the free consultation here.
  3. The negative: you will have to put up with the consultant trying to get you to buy something, BUT
  4. Admissions consultants cost about $200/hour or up to over $5000 for full application support, and you can get an hour for free
  5. Dear Future Colleague
  6. Dear Future Colleague provides mentorship, guidance, and recruitment opportunities for underrepresented graduate school and competitive scholarship applicants — including people of color, individuals from a lower socioeconomic status, first-generation individuals, and other demographics who have been systematically excluded from higher education.

Applying to Law School

  1. LSAC Fee Waiver
  2. The fee waiver covers LSATs, CAS, and Score Reports. You can apply for it at any point in the process (it doesn’t matter if you already paid for something), but you won’t be reimbursed for past purchases. 
  3. Application Fees
  4. Turn on Candidate Referral Service
  5. Some schools don’t have application fees but most do. Many schools will waive their application fee under certain circumstances. Most will automatically waive their fee if you have an LSAC fee waiver, many will waive them if you explain that applying will have a financial impact on you, and some will waive them if you just ask. 

Preparing for Law School

  1. Scholarships
  2. There are a lot of law school specific scholarships out there
  3. One place to start is Admission Dean which has a living list of about 100 scholarships for law school students. The largest scholarship is worth $10,000/year. The website isn’t amazing, but the list is best list of law school specific scholarships we have found. 
  4. Books
  5. You can find a lot in libraries for free. One book found on many pre-law reading lists is 1L of a Ride by Andrew J. McClurg
  6. If you don’t want to go to a library, then you can sign up for a two-day free trial of West Academic study aid collection to access the e-book for free.
  7. If you didn’t use a Scribd free trial for LSAT prep, you can also use it to access eBooks for pre-law school classics like:
  8. 1L of a Ride by Andrew J. McClurg
  9. One L by Scott Turow
  10. PreLaw Course
  11. These are courses designed to help you prepare for law school the summer before you start law school.  
  12. By far the most popular/famous pre-law course is Law Preview by BarBri. The course definitely isn’t free, but they coordinate with law firms to give out a lot of scholarships every year. You can apply to the scholarship once you have been accepted to a law school by clicking here. These ‘diversity’ scholarships are open to URM applicants, Women, and anyone in the LBGTQ+ community. Law Preview focuses on two primary goals, 1) to introduce you to the core 1L classes: contracts, property, torts, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law; 2) to teach you about law school and introduce good study habits that will put you in a good position to get good 1L grades. You can see the course overview here.   
  13. Your university might offer what is called a 0L course. These lessons are put out by a few law schools for their incoming students to introduce them to 0L courses and the structure of courses/exams at your specific law school. 

Related Articles:

  1. LSAT & Application Timeline as an Undergrad
  2. Understanding your LSAT Score - For Applicants
  3. What is a good LSAT Score
  4. Gap Year Before Law School
Windsor MIT '22, Harvard College Advisor

I am the half of LSD that didn't take the LSAT, or go to law school (Sorry about that). But I did go to MIT business school while surrounded by law students and lawyers, so I am somewhat qualified to talk about the intricacies of law school apps and finances.

Windsor (the dog) didn't write this but he WAS a Resident Tutor and career advisor at Harvard College with me, so deserves some credit.

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17:13
get scholarships
Pookie52
17:30
parents
Pookie52
17:31
inheritance
Pongleton
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Most schools are generous with aid and you can usually get 25-50% off
grad plus loans
Then you have to take significant loans
Or get a full ride
@slaughter: test well, negotiate well, be debt-averse in your decision-making
17:59
It’s not that hard lmao just have a 177+/4.0 and some school will offer u a full ride
18:00
But yeah what everyone else suggested works too especially crypto scam and rich parents
Rich parents is the meta
Ijustwannagetinman
18:27
I think there are studies that paying for education, specifically advanced education, and giving your child money for their first home downpayment are the biggest propellants towards wealth a parent can give their kid
Ijustwannagetinman
18:27
Once a family has achieved enough wealth to do the above 2, then future generations almost certainly will also have the ability. That's how generational wealth remains. Debt is a wealth killer
Absolutely, valuable insight
Pookie52
19:13
Any real reason to consider USC over UCLA for BL?
Pookie52
19:14
UCLA is even a bit cheaper but I'm just curious if there's anyone reason to consider it
UCLA is categorically better
Pookie52
19:15
thats what im thinking
19:40
The only reason ppl go to usc over ucla is cuz the former is more generous with aid
19:40
UCLA is better in almost every single aspect especially location
ElderlyUnadvisedPikachu
19:51
I think this site used to have a calculator for estimating total paid including interest for loans. Does anyone know how to find it?
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19:59
@ElderlyUnadvisedPikachu: YO Pikachu! For me, when I click "my profile" there is a school finances page at the bottom with editable categories!
ElderlyUnadvisedPikachu
20:02
Thank you!!
What would y'all pick between Chi and Columbia?
Pookie52
23:08
@NalawAndButtorts: Chicago is pretty much objectively better by every metric except maybe location
[] ararara
5:59
@ElderlyUnadvisedPikachu: ofc np! Hope you’re having a great weekend we’re still going in!
[] ararara
6:01
@NalawAndButtorts: idk flip a coin lol those are both great schools! I can think of one metric where CLS has chi beat hahaha the median salary for CLS is 20k higher than chi! I would do the basics! Visit both and talk to alumni! Cultures are difference, Columbia is larger! Congratulations on all your hard work!
[] ararara
6:01
Cultures are different*
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