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
- 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.
- Part Time Law School Program Locator
This Locator can help you find part time programs in your state by matching your LSAT score and GPA. From Boston College.
- The NALP Directory
Learn which of the largest firms and agencies will be recruiting at the law schools. Click the link for "Advanced Search" on the left frame. (If you get an error message, or the page does not stop loading, simply paste http://www.nalpdirectory.com/ into the URL of your browser.) Enter the appropriate search criteria. Note: if you do not select a particular "practice area" it will show all recruiters. Err on the side of being overly inclusive. Then scroll down to "Campus Interviews," pick the law school, and click on "search." You will then be able to see how many NALP firms are recruiting there. Alternately, you can choose a law firm and see at which schools they recruit.
A warning to this method: NALP's membership includes approximately 800 of the nation's largest legal employers. That means that many smaller and local recruiters who also come to individual law schools will NOT be listed! If you're checking out the University of Chicago, it probably won't matter; if you're investigating other schools in the greater Chicago area, it probably will. But, in any case, this will show you how far the reputation of the school travels with major employers nationwide.
You should always call the placement office of every law school to get their spin on recruiting.
- 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." Please read this entire article for specific, detailed information to consider as you select 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)
A number of resources for prelaw students. See, for instance the link, What Do Lawyers Do?
Prelaw Web Sites at other Universities
- Boston College Career Center
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Pennsylvania
- American University
- University of Chicago
General Legal Sites
- American Bar Association
- Internet Legal Research Group
- Law School Admission Council
- National Association for Law Placement
- Legal Information from Lexis Nexis
- Citation Search from LexisNexis
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.
- Law School Admission Council
"Deans Speak Out!" (i.e., against the rankings!)
- University of Illinois
A list of several ranking schemes.
- University of Texas School of Law
Several respected rankings based upon various factors.
- 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
- 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)
Minority 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 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.
- 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.