LSAT 2017 COUNSELLING
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
LSAT 2017 (Law School Admission Test) is a global level law entrance examination conducted by Law School Admission Council (LSAC). It is held across 50 countries. It is a gateway through which aspirants are short-listed for admissions in various UG and PG law courses offered in multiple law schools.
LSAC does not conduct centralized counselling. Every school will have its own counselling procedure. Aspirants will be allotted seats based on 2 main factors-
|Commencement of LSAT 2017 Counselling||September|
|LSAT 2017 Counselling Ends||July 2018|
|Mode of LSAT 2017 Counselling||Online|
|Number of participating schools||222 (in USA, Canada and Australia)|
|Number of applicants per year||60,000|
The counselling process and allotment of seats for LSAT 2017 are decided by various law schools that participate in the law school admission test (LSAT).
Candidates must research law schools and shortlist those schools which offer the best suitable program according to them. They will be required to attend a Law School Forum where they can meet several recruiters. Aspirants must register with the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) so as to be recruited. They can then apply online to various schools through their lsac.org account.
They will be required to deposit a counselling fee separately for each law school. It should be noted that the validity of LSAT score will be for the academic year 2017- 2018.
LSAT 2017 Counseling process will begin from late Fall. Most law schools require candidates to take LSAT latest by December. However, aspirants are usually advised to take LSAT in June or latest by September/ October. This will help them to apply to law schools early and chances of recruitment are better as availability of seats is more. Aspirants must contact individual law schools to know their eligibility criteria and other particular requirements for admission.
LSAT 2017 Counselling process will be conducted online. Aspirants can apply to various law colleges they wish to pursue through their lsac.org account. The step-wise admission process for LSAT 2017 is discussed below:
Step 1: The first step is to research law schools. Candidates must explore different colleges and programs offered by them. They can also consult their Prelaw Advisors for the same.
Step 2: They must attend a Law School Forum where they may meet more than 100 law school recruiters. These forums also feature workshops about the legal profession, the merits of a law degree, LSAT prep and other such information.
Step 3: Aspirants must then pay for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) before they start applying for institutes within the stipulated period of time.
Step 4: CAS is required by all ABA- approved law schools and will also help streamline the application process by only requiring candidates to submit their transcripts and letters of recommendation once to LSAC. LSAC will compile these materials in a single law school report for each applicant.
Step 5: LSAC requires at least two weeks from the time of receipt to process US or Canadian transcripts. More time will be required to process international transcripts.
Step 6: Candidates can then view their Academic Summary Report in their lsac.org account after all their undergraduate transcripts have been summarized correctly and accurately. They should also verify the information mentioned in the report.
Step 7: Students must then register with the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) so that law schools can recruit them.
Step 8: The final step is to apply to various institutes. Individuals must apply online to as many law schools as they wish to, using their lsac.org account.
Step 9: Students will receive acceptances from schools they have applied to and they must either accept or decline the offers as soon as possible.
Step 10: They will be required to pay deposits for reserving seats. A typical seat deposit might be $ 200 which will be credited to tuition. If a candidate declines the offer, a portion of the fee will be refunded.
Law schools must receive certain documents before they can make a decision regarding the admission of applicants. The necessary documents are mentioned below:
LSAT 2017 Law School Report is an academic summary report, which serves as an easy cover sheet for candidate’s credentials. This summary will comprise all their undergraduate work, including any work completed at a graduate, law or professional school prior to the granting of their 4-year UG degree.
It is an important and mandatory document for LSAT 2017 Counselling. Law school reports will cost $35 each. Applicants will need to purchase a law school report for each law school to which they are applying. Even if they re-apply to a school in a subsequent admission year, they will need to purchase a new report. It contains the following details-
LSAT 2017 participating colleges will look at the overall achievements of candidates. They will consider a number of factors before they offer a seat to an individual. The various other factors taken into account for LSAT 2017 Counselling are-
LSAT 2017 participating colleges will publish waiting list for candidates whose qualifications are strong but do not quite match the competition of those currently being admitted at a particular law school. The law school will notify applicants of their final admission decision as early as April or as late as July.
LSAT 2017 scores will be accepted by a total of 82 Law Schools. Some of the renowned Law schools of the nation and their seat matrix is provided in the table below. As mentioned above, each of these law schools will have their own LSAT Counselling schedule and shortlist of candidates.
|Law School||Programs||Intake||Admissions criteria||Annual Fees||Application begins|
|Harvard Law School||J.D, LLM and SJD; 430 law courses||1750 in JD, 180 in LLM and 60 in S.J.D (current batch)||LSAT for JD, LLM: JD, LLB equivalent. Plus TOEFL, IELTS score||JD: $ 54000 LLM: $ 80000||September|
|Yale Law School||JD, LLM, JSD, MSL and PhD||650 (JD &PG)||LSAT for JD and LLM: JD or equivalent||$ 54, 000||First week of October|
|New York University||JD, dual JD degree, LLM, JSD; 329 courses||1800 (JD & PG)||LSAT for JD and LLM: JD or equivalent||$ 30,000||October-November|
|Stanford Law School||J.D, LLM and J.S.D; 27 joint degree courses||180||LSAT for JD and LLM: JD or equivalent||$ 54, 000||September|
|Melbourne Law School||JD, LLM, Research; 35 law courses||-||LSAT for JD and LLM: JD or equivalent||JD: $ 114,816 LLM: $ 36000||October and April|
|University of Chicago||JD, LLM and JSD.||JD-600||LSAT for JD and LLM: JD or equivalent||$ 54, 000||August|
|University of California, Berkeley||JD, LLM and J.S.D, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jurisprudence and Social Policy||JD-280 LLM-200||LSAT score of 167 or above. LLM: JD or equivalent||JD: $ 80,000 LLM: $ 50,000||September-October|