Law School Application Process

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Applying to Law School....
But Were Afraid to Ask

Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney
Pre-Law Advisor
Siena Hall 101
jmaloney@molloy.edu
516.323.3812

Let's look first at the undergraduate's most common question

"What major should I pursue if I want to go to law school?"

Here's what the American Bar Association (ABA) states:

"The ABA does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline."

Choose a major that is your passion, but be sure to challenge yourself intellectually. Develop the skills that will serve you well in the legal professions. More from the ABA.

How else can you prepare for law school at Molloy?

Law school admissions officials suggest that good way to determine if law school is the next step for you is to take law-related classes. This experience allows students to read a case to see if they enjoy and understand that process. Students begin to navigate legal terminology, learning to effectively communicate a position supported by law, and understanding the weaknesses of a legal position. Explore the Legal Studies Minor and Molloy's law-related classes.

If you'd like to know how your GPA-LSAT combination relates to the probability of admission to the law school of your choice, check out the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools and enter your undergraduate GPA and LSAT score.

The LSAC site not only provides many details of the admissions process but also allows you to register for the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) there. CAS is how you'll organize and submit all your application materials, including LSAT scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and electronic applications. Don't forget to view the site's list of law school recruitment events. Some major key factors to keep in mind when applying to Law School include:

  • Application fees
  • GPA
  • LSAT scores
  • Personal statement
  • Recommendation letters

Personal Statement

For guidance on what to include in your personal statement you'll definitely want to click on the link to help guide you in the writing process. Be sure to keep the finished product to a maximum of 2-3 pages, unless otherwise directed.

Law schools are looking for applicants who will likely be successful; applicants might emphasize things like determination or focus. Talk about your successes, but also talk about failures and what you did afterwards. Showcase your writing skills, illustrating how you are an effective communicator. In short, emphasize your strengths and explain any weaknesses or discrepancies. Admissions officers consider your background, experiences, obstacles, and any other personal information that you share. Build a complete picture of yourself.

Don't forget each set of exams come with deadlines so be sure to check in and look for updated testing information on the official Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) site!

Recommendation Letters

Ask early - ask often!  Some recommenders procrastinate while other get busy and forget. Speak with professors well in advance of the end of the semester when they are likely to be very busy. A personal, thoughtful recommendation can help in the admissions process.  

When to Apply?

Admissions decisions at most law schools are typically made starting in late fall. If you have a dream school, you might gain an advantage by submitting your application early.

Where to Apply?

Apply to a range of law schools, choosing based on geography, ranking, and suitability to your needs. The American Bar Association's 509 Report includes the number of applications a school receives and the number of offers of acceptance it extends.

New York Regional Law School Admissions (Alphabetical Listing) and Application Information

Law School                                             

Admissions/Application  

Brooklyn School of Law

  • Contact info - admitq@brooklaw.edu
  • Admissions office - 718.780.7906
  • Application Fee- $0 No Fee
  • Required Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

Cardozo School of Law

  • Contact info - lawinfo@yu.edu
  • Admissions office - 212.790.0357
  • Application Fee- $50
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

City University of New York School of Law

  • Contact info - admissions@law.cuny.edu
  • Admissions office-718.340.4210
  • Application Fee- $60
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

Columbia Law University

  • Contact info - admissions@law.columbia.edu
  • Admissions office - 212.854.2670
  • Application Fee-$85
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

Fordham Law

Hofstra School of Law

  • Contact info - hofstralaw@hofstra.edu
  • Admissions office - 516.463.5916
  • Application Fee- $0 No Fee Required
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

New York School of Law

  • Contact info - admission@nyls.edu
  • Admissions office - 212.431.2888 A
  • pplication Fee- $0 No Fee Required
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

NYU Law

  • Contact info - law.moreinfo.nyu.edu
  • Admissions office - 212.998.6060
  • Application Fee- $85
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

Pace School of Law

  • Contact info - admissions@law.pace.edu
  • Admissions office - 914.442.4210 A
  • pplication Fee- $65
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

St. John's University School of Law

  • Contact info - lawinfo@stjohns.edu
  • Admissions office - 718.990.6474
  • Application Fee- $0 No Fee Required
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

Touro School of Law

  • Contact info - admissions@tourolaw.edu
  • Admissions office-admissions@tourolaw.edu
  • Application Fee- $0 No Fee Required
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Register and Create Law School Admissions Council account (LSAC)

Additional Resources

How To Become A Lawyer - This site provides prospective lawyers with a guided outline of various academic and skills building steps to begin a career as an attorney.

US News Education - U.S. News provides individuals with information on the best law schools worldwide. The site also provides info on how to apply to law school, LSAT prep, paying for law school, and more.

Law School Transparency - This site provides viewers information on Law School Transparency. Looking into making legal education more transparent, affordable and fair.

Law School Ready - This site provides views with the 5 signs that show you are ready for law school. The 5 signs include: Enjoying reading and writing, making sacrifices, passionate about a law during and using it in the future, having a plan for financial pay, and being teachable.  

Questions To Ask About Law - This site gives individuals 6 questions to ask themselves, if they want to go to law school. By having individuals ask themselves these six questions, they will know whether or not law school is right for them and if they are up for the challenge.

ABA News - The American Bar Association site provides viewers with recent news in the field, and up to date current events.

Contact Us

Have questions about anything here? Feel free to drop us a quick note!

Of course, feel free to Contact Us.

Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney
Pre-Law Advisor
1000 Hempstead Avenue Siena Hall 108 Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002

516.323.3812

jmaloney@molloy.edu