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Thinking About Law School?

Wondering if law school is right for you? Have a passion for the law but not sure what law school is like? Read more here or contact our friendly Admissions staff to schedule a phone call or campus visit.

A.I.M. for Law  |  Taking the LSAT  |  Preparing to Apply  |  How to Pay for Law School

Getting Ready

Here are some things you can do to get ready to start your journey towards a rewarding career in the legal profession. As always, we are here to help. Contact the Admissions office at admissions@cwsl.edu or 619-525-1401.

  • IN PERSON
    We strongly suggest that you schedule a campus tour, where you can visit first year classes and speak with faculty and alumni to gain perspective on the law school experience.

    Join us for a webinar and/or recruiting event, where you can learn more about our law school, programs, and services.

    Consider a legal internship. You can learn firsthand what lawyers do, and determine if you are interested in doing something similar. Shadow an attorney to get a snapshot of what a lawyer does to learn a little more about the profession.

  • DO YOUR HOMEWORK
    By gathering information online about the law, areas of practice, and law school in general, you should have a clear and realistic understanding of why you want to go to law school and how to best use your degree.

    Stay current. Research cases in the news. This can help pique your interest in a specific area of law or develop your understanding of an area that you may not have considered. Read legal blogs to gain an academic perspective on the case, which is easier to digest than reading a case on your own.

  • MAKE CONNECTIONS
    Talk to lawyers about what they do; talk to students about the day-to-day rigors of law school; and talk to us—the Admissions counselors—about how to further enhance your candidacy. We can connect you with pre-law advisors and professors, to potentially solicit a letter of recommendation, and discuss the law school experience.
  • UNDERGRAD
    We suggest that you take a law class whenever possible. Observe how it is taught and determine if you’re interested in spending three years doing the same thing. Consider a logic and/or philosophy class, which will help stimulate your capacity to craft novel arguments—an essential part of the law school experience.

    Practice makes perfect—hone your writing skills. Most lawyers spend a lot of time writing clear and concise legal documents, and refining your writing skills prior to law school will help ease this transition.

    Maintain an academic and personal record that showcases your strength of character and fitness to practice law—both of which enhance your candidacy for admission to law school and to the State Bar.

  • FINANCIAL
    Law school is expensive. Begin to consider saving money, as it’s best to have some put aside in order to minimize the financial burden after graduation.

A.I.M. for Law

A.I.M. for Law, which stands for "Achieve. Inspire. Motivate.,” works with sophomores at UC San Diego and San Diego State University to expand law school diversity, ensuring that the legal profession reflects a diverse society. The program is directed by Drew Lautemann, a California Western graduate and licensed attorney.

The highly-selective program offers students the opportunity to meet with practicing attorneys and current law students to learn about preparing for law school. Throughout the semester, program participants meet once per week to study for the Law School Admissions Test, brief legal cases, and learn how to make legal arguments.

Learn more about A.I.M. for Law here, visit the A.I.M. for Law page, or contact program director Drew Lautemann.

Taking the LSAT

The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is one of the most important pieces of your application because it provides the Admissions Committee with a standardized measurement of the skills you will use as a law student and, ultimately, as a legal professional.

The test comprises five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions that measure reading comprehension, analytical, and logical reasoning. In addition, there is an unscored writing sample which is sent to all law schools you apply to.

For more information about the LSAT and how it is used by law schools, please visit the LSAC website.

Preparing to Apply

You’ve done your homework, made lasting professional connections, and are ready to apply to California Western. As you complete your application, here are a few more things to consider.

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL
    Follow directions—be mindful of spelling, grammar, and punctuation in all pieces of the application and in all communications with the law school.

    Timing is everything. Pay close attention to deadlines, and be aware of the projected date by which a decision on your application should be made.

  • REQUIREMENTS
    You will be asked to provide a personal statement. Pay close attention to our requirements, and follow our recommendations as closely as possible.

    Solicit letters of recommendation from professors or people who are familiar with your character and academic potential.

  • PERSONAL
    Maintain an academic and personal record that showcases your strength of character and fitness to practice law—both of which enhance your candidacy for admission to law school and to the State Bar.

    Build a resume that’s well-rounded, and focuses on skills that are relevant to law school.

How to Pay for Law School

Most students would not be able to afford law school without some form of financial assistance. The Financial Aid office at California Western administers:
Scholarships & Grants - Financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund);
Loans - Borrowed money for college or career school (you must repay your loans, with interest);
Work-Study - A work program through which you earn money to help pay for school;
Veteran's Benefits - Additional financial aid may be available to veterans, future military personnel, active duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel.

Still want to know more?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the application process. Contact an admissions counselor or student ambassador at admissions@cwsl.edu or 619-525-1401 to learn more.