Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: An Insider’s Perspective to the Law School Admissions Process

Happy New Year from Ms. JD! We’re making a resolution at Ms. JD to help more women get into the law school of their dreams.  How? Each week, at Ms. JD and at Levo League, we are going to take you step-by-step through the law school application process from deciding whether law school is right for you to deciding which school best fits your needs and everything in between!

Every Thursday, you should expect a post that will explore different phases of the pre-law process.  We will begin by going over steps you can take to familiarize yourself with what being a real lawyer is all about (hint: it’s not quite like what you see on TV!).  Next, we will help you weigh the pros and cons of whether law school is right for you.  We will talk openly with you about the fun, the financial commitment, the job prospects and more.  In short, we will be talking about the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly that is the reality of attending law school! By the time we’re done, you’ll have all of the information you need to feel good about deciding if law school is the place for you.

Once you have committed to your decision of attending law school, it is our hope that we will be able to assist you in becoming a stronger applicant.  To do this, we will talk about how you can highlight your strengths throughout your resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and more. We will even tackle the dreaded LSAT and provide you with tips for not just making it through but shining! You won’t just hear from us either.  To ensure you are getting the best tips and tricks available, we will be reaching out to our colleagues at other schools because what we are offering you is not necessarily set in stone for all law school admissions offices.  You will find that the theme throughout our series will be to help you feel comfortable being proactive when exploring a law school and its application requirements. Regardless, following our tips will help make your application stronger.  Once you’ve submitted what should be a polished application, we’re going to discuss with you things to consider when choosing a law school and how to prepare for the next three years.

Having been in your shoes ourselves (applied to law school, gone to law school, and now working for a law school we have come to know and love), our motivation stems from the idea of helping students avoid the ups and downs of the application process that we experienced.  Essentially, we are coming from a place of “if we only knew then what we know now” and how we can use what we have learned during our time as Assistant Directors of Admission to assist you.  Our goal during the next several weeks is to help you make educated decisions every step of the way throughout the pre-law process.  To do this, we will not only pull from our own experiences, but from the experiences of those we have counseled in the past and perspectives from other experts in the admissions field.  Overall, we hope that you find this blog series to be a useful tool during your exploration of attending law school.  We always welcome comments and questions and hope that you join us regularly every Thursday on Ms. JD and Levo League.

Bridget Sheehan and Courtney Gabbara are both Assistant Directors of Admission at Michigan State University College of Law and recent graduates of the Law College. Having met in law school through Moot Court, both women have found a long lasting friendship based on their future career interests, laughter, and love of nachos. Bridget graduated from Saint Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and has actively pursued her interests in family and criminal law. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois and enjoys college football, specifically Notre Dame (Go Irish!), reading, and country music.  Courtney earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and has been a Ms. JD Board Member since April of 2011.  Her hobbies include scrapbooking, running Warrior Dash, and cooking.

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