Every American jurisdiction in which you may practice law after graduation from law school requires each applicant for admission to the bar to meet character and fitness requirements as a condition of eligibility for admission. You are encouraged, as you go through the law school application process and before you enter law school, to determine the requirements of the jurisdiction(s) where you intend to practice law. If you are uncertain where you will practice law, you may wish to review the Standard NCBE Character and Fitness Application, titled Request for Preparation of a Character Report, of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which is used by a number of jurisdictions’ bar admission authorities. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available at www.ncbex.org.
Studies show that undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores strongly predict the level of a student's performance in the first year of law study, and both are significant factors in admissions decisions. Each committee member will review your entire file, including the personal statement and letters of recommendation.
It is extremely important to prepare the best you can for your first attempt at the LSAT because substantial increases in scores are rare. However, the admissions committee will review all LSAT scores received in the last three years.
The personal statement gives you an opportunity to describe yourself, your interest in law school, and the goals you seek to achieve with a J.D. Include specific information about your abilities beyond the data in your application and consider it as a sample of your writing ability and thought process. The personal statement should be no more than two double-spaced pages.
Educators or employers are preferred. Your advocate should be someone who is able to comment specifically about your intellectual ability, work habits, dependability, thoroughness and other characteristics.