Law School Admissions and Financing

The decision of which law school you'll attend is just as important as the decision about whether to go to law school in the first place. If you have lawyers in your family, you may have an affinity for their alma maters, but are they the right schools for you? There are a lot of factors to consider, from law school rankings to tuition costs and bar passage rates. However, what really matters is the weight that you give these factors and this depends on what you're looking to get out of law school and a future career. The Law School Admissions and Financing section of FindLaw for Law Students can help you refine your search and identify the factors that really matter.

Law School Admissions and Financing Articles
    • Should You Get an Online Law Degree?

      You can watch movies, do your shopping, and increasingly even get a decent education online. As our lives have become increasingly internet-based it should be no surprise that a legal education can be acquired online.  

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    • Law School Admissions

      Your background undoubtedly plays a role in the law school admissions process. This might come in the form of "legacy" admissions where last names and alumni donations can overcome subpar scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). But it could also be evident in inspiring stories of applicants like Que Newbill who drew strength from his challenging upbringing, rising from homelessness to law school.

      However, before an admissions committee even gets to your background, they look at two metrics -- your undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores. These are determinative for the few students on the ends of the bell curve, narrowing or widening their options based on where they fall. Most applicants are within the bell, meaning that other elements of an application can affect the outcome.

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    • Accredited vs. Unaccredited Law Schools: What's the Difference?

      When shopping around for law schools one important aspect worth noting is the school's status as an accredited or unaccredited law school. Here is an overview of accredited and unaccredited law schools, including the main differences between the two.  

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    • Paying for Law School

      You’ve decided that law school is the right choice for you. You took the LSAT and have the grades and referrals to qualify you for admission, but there’s still another challenge you need to overcome before you start your legal training: paying for law school. How you go about financing your education can impact your career choices and lifestyle for decades to come.

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    • Law School Rankings: Do They Matter?

      If you're an undergraduate considering law school or a law student considering a transfer, you've probably spent time pouring over law school rankings. After all, law school is a major investment, and you want to do your research. But what exactly do these numbers mean and how should they affect your decision? While rankings should play a role in the decision-making process, there's also other information to consider.

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