Frequently Asked Law Questions
Last updated: 02 April 2014
What major do I need for Law School?
What is a good LSAT score?
I’m not a student at UH Manoa, can I still come and talk with you?
What classes should I take for Law School?
When is the best time to take the LSAT?
What is the best way to study for the LSAT?
1. What major do I need for Law School?
A: Law schools do not require a particular major. Actually, law schools appreciate having a diverse student body, and will accept students with a range of different educational backgrounds. Rather than focusing on a specific major, law schools generally prefer students who excel in their chosen field of study, so pick something that you are passionate about!
2. What is a good LSAT score?
A: A good score is one that will get you into the law school you want to attend. Many law schools will publish information about the range of scores that they accepted the previous year. Generally, you should try and shoot for the mid 150′s, although some law schools do accept lower scores.
3. I’m not a student at UH Manoa, can I still come and talk with you?
A: Of course! Our office is open to the public, and we see prospective law students from all walks of life. We offer services like resume and personal statement review, personalized application strategy timelines, and can help you decide what law school to attend.
4. What classes should I take for law school?
A: There are no specific classes or pre-requisites that you need to take in order to get into law school. You should focus on getting the best GPA that you can, and on building relationships with your professors (it’s never too soon to think about letters of recommendation!). The PAC office has compiled a Recommended Course list that can help you develop skills that will be utilized in law school, but none of these classes are required for law school admittance.
5. When is the best time to take the LSAT?
A: Generally in June, if you are prepared for it. If you take the LSAT in June, you have the rest of the summer to focus on making sure the other areas of your application are perfect, so that you can submit your application as soon as possible in the fall. By taking the June LSAT, you also have a buffer in case something unexpected happens the day of the test and you have to retake it. However, if you know that you are not going to be able to adequately prepare for the test in the spring, and want the summer to study for the September/October LSAT, that is perfectly fine. Planning when to take the LSAT is a balancing act between making sure you feel as prepared as possible, and getting your application in early for schools with rolling admissions deadlines. You should never take the LSAT if you are not adequately prepared, because your score will not disappear, even if you retake the test. Some schools will average your LSAT scores, some will take your most recent score, and others will take your highest score.
6. What is the best way to study for the LSAT?
A: Taking full-length practice tests. Under timed conditions. And repeat. Many students fall into the trap of spending a long time preparing to take a practice test. Actually taking a test is the best way of determining your strengths and the areas that need improvement, so it is ideal to do it as soon as possible. Preparing for the LSAT is like training for a marathon, you need to make sure that your brain can function as well in the last hour of the test as it can in the first hour. The best way to do this is by practicing.