Is the road to law school covered in mist and mystery for your student? Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris and his guest, Patrick Henry College Professor of Government Frank Guliuzza, illuminate the path.
Dr. Guliuzza, can you briefly explain the law school admission process to homeschooled students who might want to pursue a career in law?
Dr. Frank Guliuzza:
Sure, Mike. Law schools look will at several factors when considering an applicant. They’ll look at his or her grades and the score one receives on the Law School Admissions Test—the dreaded LSAT. These are clearly important factors when it comes to admission, maybe the most important factors—maybe. But they aren’t the only considerations. Law schools want to see what you’ve done with your life, a resume which includes what extra-curricular activities you did in college, did you work your way through school, any honors and awards, any service that you performed. They will all ask you to write an essay, which is really kind of an interview with an admissions committee in written form. Here it is very important to show that you’re unique, that you add something to their first-year class that nobody else can quite duplicate. Finally, they’re going to want recommendation letters from people who can make a strong case for your candidacy. It’s complicated. And the best way to put together a winning application is to seek the help of a first-rate pre-law advisor.
Frank, thanks so much. For those who want to come to Patrick Henry College, obviously we have the team in place to help you out quite a bit in getting you to law school; but for others who don’t come to PHC, we wish you Godspeed, and may you enter this field to serve Him. I’m Mike Farris.