What are the prerequisites for law school?

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What are the prerequisites for law school?

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The American Bar Association (ABA) has no official recommendation for the undergraduate major, or even for the coursework, of people who plan to apply to law school after earning their bachelor's degrees. Students in law school come from nearly every field of study. The ABA suggests pursuing a field that interests and challenges you personally and academically so you will be prepared for the rigors of law school. Successful law school students have strong research and writing skills, so be sure you take advantage of opportunities to hone those skills.

Other key skills needed for law school include the following:

  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Reading
  • Editing
  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Organization
  • Collaboration
  • Interpersonal skills

Applying to law school will required that you take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT is comprised of five sections of multiple-choice questions and a writing sample, which is not scored. The LSAT measures test takers' reading comprehension, critical thinking, reasoning, and argumentation abilities. The required score depends on the law school to which you are applying.

For more information about law schools, check out this article: List of U.S. Schools & Universities for Aspiring Lawyers.

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