Law School Preparation Resources

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What Does A Career in Law Look Like?

NALP Pre-Law Portal

NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals, is the primary source for information on trends in legal employment and the profession. They have prepared an excellent set of pages for applicants researching employment- and placement-related information.

Visit the Pre-Law Portal

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook pages for lawyers

The US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzes the employment outlooks for a number of occupations each year, including lawyers and other law-related jobs.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Law School Transparancy Podcast

Podcast from Law School Transparency featuring interviews with lawyers in a wide variety of fields.

I am the Law Podcast

State Bar of Texas

Answers frequently asked questions about becoming a lawyer and has links to Texas law schools and websites.

Becoming a Lawyer FAQs

Texas Board of Law Examiners

Lists rules about who can become a lawyer. A short bit of advice: avoid felonies, and ideally, swear off any other forms of crime. But, in addition, NEVER lie about any misadventures you may have had in the legal system, when you are applying to law schools or the bar.

Texas Board of Law Examiners website

How to Prepare for Law School

CLEO aims to diversify the legal profession. Their summer and weekend institutes — some held in Texas — help students prepare for law school.

Council on Legal Education Opportunity

How to Learn More About Law Schools?

LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools

Searchable database of all ABA-approved law schools, providing substantial data regarding admissions, employment, faculty and student body demographics, bar passage rates and more.

LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools

ABA Section of Legal Education—Law School Statistics

A collection of useful statistics about ABA-accredited law schools, including post-grad employment, admissions, and student body demographics.

VARIOUS STATISTICS ON ABA APPROVED LAW SCHOOLS

ABA Standard 509 Required Disclosures

Admission and other information for every ABA-accredited law school, all in one convenient location. Includes links to all of the most recent 509s -- law schools are required to disclose this information every year, and to post it visibly on their websites.

Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Law School Transparency

Advocacy group whose aim is to make information about law school costs and employment data more readily accessible and comprehensible for individuals considering legal careers.

LAW SCHOOL TRANSPARENCY

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Law Jobs By the Numbers

Customizable search engine for researching law school graduates' employment rates. Uses ABA employment data but allows you to reframe and view the data in a number of different ways.

By the Numbers

ABA Section of Legal Education - Pre-Law information and resources

The American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education offers a number of resources for researching legal education options, as well as advice on undergraduate preparation for law school.

ABA Preparing for Law School

Wilson-Stern Book of Law School Lists

Compiled by two long time pre-law advisors, the Book of Lists is just that -- a regularly updated set of lists of various law school attributes, from academic programs, to clinical offerings, to scholarship policies. Caveat: the lists should be a starting place for your research, not an end!

Law School Lists (PDF)

How Do I Pay For Law School?

Federal Student Aid Application

Law schools use the FAFSA to gather information relevant to aid determinations.

FAFSA

Center for Education and Financial Capability

A wide range of resources and tools to help you understand your options for financing your legal education and repaying your debt.

AccessLex

Federal Student Aid

Federal government website providing a wide range of tools and resources for understanding your options for financing your legal education.

StudentLoans.Gov

Student Loan Borrower Assistance

Information and resources from the National Consumer Law Center on all your debt repayment options.

National Consumer Law Center

Other Community Foundations in Massachusetts

A complete list of all community foundations in Massachusetts. Some, but not all, of these offer scholarships for higher education.

Community Foundations

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association offers 20 3-year $15,000 scholarships to support racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Admissions Dean

The Admissions Dean website has a helpful section on calculating the cost of law school based on a particular law school. The site also explains loan forgiveness programs, lists law school scholarships based on several criteria, discusses federal and private loans, explains various LSAT preparatory programs, and suggests strategies for selecting and applying to law schools.

Paying for Law School