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LSAT & Law School Preparation

SLAC’s Director, Dr. Carol Dochen, is the sole/coordinating LSAC prelaw advisor for Texas State University and is assisted by her colleague, René LeBlanc. Together they help prelaw students create individualized LSAT preparation plans using SLAC materials, research and select appropriate law schools, and complete personal statements, addenda, and resumes for their CAS file. To schedule an advising appointment, please fill out the Prelaw Intake Form.

For more information please follow these links. 

Law School Admissions Timeline
Two-year timeline created by Princeton Review and updated, with permission, by Dr. Dochen.
 
Law School Admissions Council
The best place to begin to prepare for law school.  Contains online registration for the LSAT, LSDAS, and other helpful information. 
 
Texas State Pre Law Handbook
Written by faculty members from the Political Science and Philosophy departments.

The Vault
This site is loaded with helpful information, ranging from law student journal entries to the best law firms in the nation.
  
Law School Numbers
A social networking site that helps applicants, current students, and recent graduates with all aspects of the admissions, law school, and career processes.
 
Find Law for Students
Contains numerous links to information on law school prep (including sample personal statements), financial aid, and law careers.
 
Financial Aid
The best place to begin.  A reliable service that allows students to create a profile and search through available scholarships.  It also provides members general law school information.
 
How to (or not to) Negotiate for Scholarships and Financial Aid
PowerPoint presentation containing several student-generated samples of how NOT to write appeals for financial support with relevant comments from admissions deans and directors. Concludes with specific suggestions on how to handle financial negotiations.
 
Helpful Links for Minority Students
a)      DiscoverLaw.org: A Commitment to Diversity in Law
      The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society, which is why they developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign—to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed.

b)  The Council on Legal Educational Opportunity (CLEO)
This is a non-profit of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education dedicated to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities for minority, low income, and disadvantaged students.
http://cleoscholars.com/

c)   The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
http://www.nblsa.org/

d)      The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
 
e)      The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
 
f)     The Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
 
Women in Law
a)      An informative article for any woman planning to attend law school.  Published by the Princeton Review.
b)      Link to purchasing information for Lani Guinier’s Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School, and Institutional Change, said to be one of the most informative books on the female experience.
c)      Catalyst is a Web site designed to expand opportunities for women and business.  Search "women in law" for relevant articles.
 
LSAT Preparation
Each site also contains general law school information that may be accessed free of charge.
a)      Princeton Review --- http://princetonreview.com/
b)      Kaplan --- http://www.kaptest.com/lsat
c)      Test Masters --- http://www.testmasters.net
d)      Powerscore --- http://www.powerscore.com/
e)      Test Prep Review --- http://www.testprepreview.com/
 
Personal Statements
Each site contains tips for effective personal statements.
b)      Essay Edge --- http://essayedge.com/
 
 
Revised September 2013
Compiled by: Lesley Lawrence, 2004
STUDENT LEARNING ASSISTANCE CENTER (SLAC)
Texas State University-San Marcos