Register for the LSAT on line with the Law School Admission Council at www.LSAC.org.
LSAT exams are offered at EIU several times each year: June, September, November, and January. Additional test dates are available elsewhere.
Register to take the test early. If you hope to attend law school the fall following your graduation, consider taking the June exam prior to your senior year. September-October of your senior year is also a good choice; the December exam is cutting it very close, and the February exam is too late for some law schools.
Study hard for the LSAT: plan to take it once and only once, and do well. If you do poorly, do retake the LSAT; many law schools accept the best of two or even three LSAT scores.
For many students, taking multiple practice LSATs is the most effective way to study for the real LSAT.
Preparatory material can be purchased from bookstores, or borrowed from the Pre-Law Advisor in 2321 Coleman Hall. Great products offered by the LSAC (Law School Admission Council) include the SuperPrep II and an interactive computer-based study tool, "Itemwise."
Take the Mock LSAT offered periodically by the Pre-Law Society.
Consider taking a commercial LSAT prep course, especially if you are not a self-motivated studier.
LSAC offers a fee waiver for the LSAT and the LSCAS (Law School Credentials Assembly Service) for qualifying low income students.
Deciding Where To Apply For Law School:
Consult the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools (copy available in the pre-law advisor's office, or online at http://www.LSAC.org) To determine where you have a realistic chance of being admitted, consult the grids based on LSAT and GPA.
Attend a Law School Fair and meet with law school admissions representatives and learn about what their universities have to offer. The 2018 Law School Caravan at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will take place on Wednesday, September 26 from 10-2 in the Illini Union. Illinois Law School Fair will be on the EIU campus on Wednesday, November 14. The LSAC Law School Forum in Chicago is on September 29.
Think about the region of the country where you would prefer to practice law.
Arrange to visit the law schools that interest you the most; attend some classes, talk with students and professors. The Pre-Law Society takes some group trips to regional law schools.
Gaining Experience Before Attending Law School:
Legal Internship - Deciding whether or not the legal profession is for you is a difficult decision. A legal internship at EIU will give you the legal experience and fulfill credit hours.
Moot Court - Moot Court is an excellent way to learn the rules of court procedure in an exciting environment.
Phi Alpha Delta/Pre-Law Society - This is Eastern's pre-law fraternity, which offers a variety of benefits to pre-law students at EIU.
Take at least one public law class to see if you like reading appellate court cases; this is most of what you will do in law school.