Internet Resources for Law School Applicants
Please note that these sites are listed for your information only, and do not represent an endorsement of any services offered or a confirmation of the accuracy of the information provided.
Admissions Statistics (based upon your GPA and LSAT scores)
- Law School Admission Council
Search for schools based on your GPA and LSAT score! Insert your numbers and see how every law school treated last year's applicants with your combination. Check the box for the schools you are interested in and get very detailed, useful information.
- Boston College Law School Locator
Search for schools based on GPA and LSAT score ranges.
- Admissions Statistics for part-time law programs
Good list of law schools with part-time programs.
Law School Application Resources
- HPPLC 2014 Law Day Panel:
Admission Deans: Janet Hein of IUB's Maurer School of Law, the incredibly popular Collins Byrd of Iowa, and the amazing Pamela Bloomquist of Loyola Chicago reveal: "What actually works in a law school application." They will discuss applicants' common mistakes, what works, what they find annoying, etc. They will offer unique, practical insights into the admission process that will be invaluable for students. Find out how admission decisions are actually made.
- Application Guide for Students with Disabilities
National Association of Law Students with Disabilities. Lots of useful information for applicants as well as current law students. Covers disability disclosure and other relevant issues in the application and admissions process. Procedures, forms, and strategies for obtaining LSAT accommodations.
- The NAPLA-SAPLA Book of Law School Lists
Comprehensive lists of specialty areas, clinical programs, study abroad programs (by country and by school), joint degree programs, schools with an evening division, schools that allow students to start in January, and much more information about law school programs and policies. If you'd like to browse through a hard copy of this book, visit the HPPLC Reading Room. We have several copies of this invaluable resource.
- The ABA Employment Summary Report
New "transparent" employment figures for law schools--reflecting much more detail in the types of positions held, such as those employed where: bar passage required; J.D. preferred; law school funded position; professional position; non-professional, etc., and whether the job is long-term, short-term, full-time, part-time, etc.
- What Law School Rankings Don't Say About Costly Choices
This 2008 article's cost/benefit analysis argues that it can make economic sense to attend a LOWER ranked law school, IF you will be looking for a job in a high-paying law firm: In short, the authors of this study contend that rankings are especially important for those schools ranked 27 or higher. Here's an excerpt: "For example, between schools No. 25 (William & Mary) and No. 5 (Columbia), employment [in high-paying firms] rose from 21.9 percent to 54.5 percent, an increase of 32.6 percentage points...Conversely, between schools No. 45 (Brigham Young) and No. 25, the increase...was only 8.4 percentage points. And between No. 65 (Louisville) and No. 45, the increase in large-firm employment is a mere 4.3 percentage points. Below school No. 26 (Emory), a graduate has a less than one in five probability of starting his or her career at a large law firm...With these numbers, does it really make economic sense to go to the highest-ranked school one can get into? In many cases, the answer is no." While this article was written before the economic downturn and should be viewed in that context, it contains important points to consider when choosing schools.
Free resource that provides legal news, commentary, blogs, video, podcasts and an extensive collection of treatises to attorneys, law and prelaw students, law professors and litigants.
- Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools
Founded by law students in 1986, Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. To achieve this, it offers a continuum of opportunities for law students and lawyers that provide the training and skills that enable them to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. The Guide is designed to help you discover which schools are the best fit for you by providing side-by-side comparisons of financial aid and affordability factors, faculty engagement, student leadership, the range of clinical, externship and pro bono opportunities, and curricular and co-curricular offerings in specific issue areas.
- The Pre-law Advisors National Council (PLANC)
The national organization of prelaw advisors, wth a number of resources for prelaw students.
- Noodle Law School Search
Another way to search for schools using your GPA and LSAT. Get basic admissions and program information.
Prelaw Web Sites at other Universities
General Legal Sites
- American Bar Association (prelaw section)
- Internet Legal Research Group
- Law School Admission Council
- National Association for Law Placement
Law School Rankings
- Indiana University School of Law
Play the "Rankings Game!" Choose your own criteria and create your own ranking system!
- Index to Law School Rankings
Links to rankings by median salary, employment rate, tuition, and cost-benefit analysis (i.e., costs vs. median salaries upon graduation). Hosted by Internet Legal Resource Guide.
- Judging the Law Schools
by Thomas E. Brennan. Separate rankings and 1 composite -- based on several factors, hosted by Internet Legal Resource Guide.
- US News
The granddaddy of all rankings: the "gorilla in the closet".
Employment and Career
- What do lawyers do? (courtesy of the Association for Legal Career Professionals - NALP)
- American Bar Association (Careers in the Law for Students of All Ages)
- Directory of State Bar Admission Offices
- Masters of Legal Studies Programs
Consider these programs as alternatives to a J.D. or as potential stepping stones to law school.
- Intellectual Property
ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) — the largest IP organization in the world.
- Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law)
Their mission is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.
- Planning Your Public Interest Career (sponsored by Harvard Law School)
- Legal Job search from Martindale.com.
- Laws.com Information on various legal specialty areas.
Underrepresented Applicants and Law Students
- American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship
- American Bar Association's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
- Council on Legal Education Opportunity (National CLEO)
- DeLoggio Admissions Achievement Program
"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."
- Indiana CLEO
- Minorities Interested in Legal Education (MILE) project of the LSAC
- The National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
- The National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD--includes information for prelaw students)
- The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
- The National Conference on Women's Bar Associations
- The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA)
- Indiana Paralegal Association
Includes list of Indiana paralegal training programs.
- Ivy Tech in Bloomington
Ivy Tech often offers "paralegal studies" courses at various campuses. Go to the above site and search for "paralegal".
- IUPUI -- "Paralegal Studies Certificate Program"
IUPUI offers a Paralegal Certificate through the Political Science department. Call 317.278.7600 for a complete written description of the program and an application.
- Become a Paralegal: National and state information on paralegal certificate programs, and general info about employment as a paralegal.
- American Assoc. for Paralegal Education
- Paralegal Studies program at Roosevelt U in Chicago
- National Association of Legal Assistants - Paralegals
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations
See especially the section on distance programs.