Graduate School: University of Virginia Law School
City: Charlottesville, VA
Degree: Health Services Administration, 2017
“Law school admission is largely a numbers game; however, other factors can improve your application. Explain why you want to go to law school, discuss your passions, and think about qualities or experiences that you have that would contribute to the larger law school community. Your application should make an admissions officer excited to meet you and welcome you into their law school’s community.
Being involved is more important than I thought it’d be. In fact, I was asked about my leadership activities on-campus by the dean of admissions during my interview. I think that goes back to finding something to be passionate about and doing something meaningful. However, do not let this get in the way of being academically successful. Grades are very important.
In regards to courses, take some legal classes to see if you really would like the academic work involved. I took business law and healthcare law while at Auburn. Not only did they help me see what a legal education might be like, but they also gave me a valuable leg up in the initial days of law school. With that being said, you can know nothing about the law and be successful in law school.
Strongly consider what your goals both for your career and life are prior to applying to law school. If you can accomplish those goals without attending law school, then do so. Legal careers and law school are not worth the time and energy if they do not align with your goals in life.
Learn how to work with people who have different backgrounds or life experiences than you. Being a more empathetic human being will make you a better law student, lawyer, and human being.”