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Law School 101

  • Accredited Law Schools: Those law schools that meet the standards of the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

  • Asynchronous Learning: A student can view the instructional materials on the student’s schedule (generally, within a certain time period); there is no live component.

  • Credential Assembly Service (CAS): Service provided by LSAC for law school applicants that compiles the applicants transcript, letters of recommendation, and other required documents so that they only need to be submitted once.These documents are combined with the applicant’s LSAT score so that they can be forwarded in the form of a full report to the applicable law schools. An applicant must subscribe to CAS through the LSAC. The fee for CAS is $195; fee waivers are available under limited circumstances.

  • Externship: A work experience that takes place during the academic year.

  • Hybrid Law School Program: A law school program that combines online and on-campus instruction.

  • Law Review: A law school student-run journal that publishes articles written by various legal professionals ranging from professors to judges. Most accredited law schools have at least one Law Review; qualified students are typically invited to join following their 1L year.

  • Law School Admission Council (LSAC): Non-profit organization that administers the LSAT and provides various products and services that help prospective students apply to law school.

  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT): A standardized test administered by LSAC for prospective law school applicants and accepted by all ABA-approved law schools. It is made up of three scored sections: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning. The score range is 120 to 180.

  • Master of Laws (LLM): A one-year graduate degree in the field of law. American and Canadian students are required to have a Juris Doctor degree in order to pursue an LLM.

  • Moot Court: A law school extracurricular that allows students to experience preparing and arguing a case at the appellate level.

  • Paralegal: An individual who is trained to assist lawyers in various legal tasks which typically rises above administerial work.

  • Reverse Splitter: A prospective applicant who has a low LSAT score and a high GPA (i.e., generally, an LSAT score in the 25th percentile and a GPA in the 75th percentile medians for the relevant law school).

  • Socratic Method: A teaching method in law school in which the professor calls on one student to answer a series of questions usually centered around a particular case.

  • Splitter: A prospective applicant who has a high LSAT score and a low GPA (i.e., generally, a GPA in the 25th percentile and an LSAT score in the 75th percentile medians for the relevant law school).

  • Synchronous Learning: A student attends classes virtually at the same time as the instructor and fellow classmates; such classes are taught in real time.