UConn Pre-Law: Internships important for law school hopefuls
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 00:09
Students looking to apply to law school should figure out why they want to attend law school, research the employment statistics of law schools and gain legal experience through internships, according to pre-law advisor Edward Kammerer’s presentation on Monday.
Kammerer recently became the UConn Pre-Law Advisor in August 2013. Before starting at UConn, he taught several pre-law courses at Northeastern University as part of the minor in law & public policy and worked full time with the Committee for Public Counsel Services as a public defender in Massachusetts.
The workshop, predominately attended by juniors and above, was geared towards informing students of the necessary requirements of the law school application, while enlightening students of the reality of a currently over saturated job market for law school graduates.
“You need to think about why you want to go to law school, it is hard, long, and expensive – do not go to law school for the money” said Kammerer.
The 202 American Bar Association (ABA) approved U.S. law schools are producing more lawyers than there are jobs for which a law degree is required. Researching the employment statistics for each law school a student applies to is critical, it should be noted that employment statistics are not reported until nine months after degree (J.D.) completion. Law school employment statistics are broken down into several categories, including bar passage required, J.D. advantage, full-time, part-time and temporary.
The two main factors for law school admission are a student’s grade point average and Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score. The LSAT scoring range goes from 120 to 180, with a national average of 152. Kammerer advises prospective law school applicants to take their LSAT June of their junior year or at the latest October of senior year in order to enter the application cycle early. Law schools have rolling admissions, therefore the earlier a student sends their application the sooner they will receive a decision.
The LSAT is a test of logic and reason, studying for the LSAT is not about memorizing facts or information, it is about learning a new way of thinking and approaching problems. Currently, applicants scoring in the highest LSAT bracket are deciding against attending law school. However, it is still difficult to predict the effect of this trend for current and future law school applicants.