Career Services

For Students, Alumni and Employers

Law School

Overview

  • Any major is acceptable for pursuing a career in law. Common majors include political science, philosophy, psychology, and criminal justice. Political science offers a Law and Public Policy concentration and the Law and Criminal Behavior Applications concentration is available through psychology. View our majors
  • All law school applicants are required to take the LSAT entrance exam. The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council and tests reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning. It is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year. About the LSAT
  • Ready to get started on the application process? Applying to law school
  • Where have Cal Lutheran pre-law students gone on to study? See the partial list of law schools attended

Applying to Law School

Application Assistance Program
What is Law School Application Assistance Program?

The Law School Application Assistance Program at CLU is a free service to assist CLU students and alumni with mailing their letters of recommendation to various law schools they are applying to. The main purpose of the Law School Application Assistance Program is to maintain letters in a centralized place and to assist students and alumni with mailing letters in a timely manner.

What are the benefits of using the Program?

By utilizing this program, letters will be sent directly by Career Services, ensuring confidentiality. The program is useful when asking faculty or off campus letter writers for letters that may need to be sent to 10-20 schools. The service will in turn save students the costs of copying, mailing and postage. The Law School Assistance Program will handle mailing letters by deadlines to various schools. Writers need to send letters directly to Career Services. When your letters are mailed to schools, Career Services will include a statement that the student applying has waived all rights to the contents of their file, referring to the Letters of Recommendation. Students are still responsible for applying online, taking the LSAT or other exams, and forwarding transcripts.

What do I need to do to take advantage of this program?
  • Email Cynthia Smith at csmith@callutheran.edu to obtain the Student Information Form/Waiver of Rights to Pre-Law File – This form starts your file.  You need to complete it and sign it and email it to Cynthia or drop it off at Career Services. It is your responsibility to have all letters sent directly to Career Services. Then, when requests from schools come in, email Cynthia Smith at csmith@callutheran.edu with where you want us to send letters.
  • Applicant Summary Sheet – Used as a guide for letter writers. You will submit the completed form to faculty or employers, which provides information about you so that your letter writers can write you the strongest letter possible. Email Cynthia Smith at csmith@callutheran.edu to obtain this form to provide more information to your letter writers.
  • Review Graduate School: How to Get Started.
What is the deadline to have letters sent to Career Services?

Writers will need to address letter to “Dear Law School Admissions:” and send letter to Career Services, 60 West Olsen Road #2400 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2700 or through campus mail (mail code: 2400). We will make copies of all letters and send them out to Law Schools. There is no deadline or limit for the number of schools that we will send copies of your Recommendations to. However, each letter will need a Letter of Recommendation form which you can obtain while completing your application.

When will my letters be sent to schools?

Letters can be sent when you have a minimum of three letters in your file and you have submitted your request by email to Cynthia Smith at csmith@callutheran.edu. It is your responsibility to periodically check the status of your file and to follow up with letter writers for any letters you are waiting on.

How to Apply

The basic components of the application do not change from school to school. The requirements include:

  • A Personal Statement
  • Biographical Data
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if any) Transcripts
  • LSAT Score
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume (Some request)

Sample Law School Application Timeline

August/September
  • Research and select your target schools.
  • Send for applications.
  • Make application schedule for your target schools.
  • Register for the LSAT October test.
  • Subscribe to the LSDAS.
  • Arrange for your transcripts to be sent to LSDAS.
  • Study for the LSAT.
October
  • Take October LSAT.
  • Arrange for letters of recommendation and print out Applicant Summary forms for each evaluator.
November
  • Complete applications.
  • Receive LSAT scores.
December
  • Mail applications.
  • Take December LSAT (if necessary).
January/February
  • Federal financial aid applications become available.
  • Complete financial aid applications.
March/April/May
  • Receive responses form law schools.
  • Visit schools.
  • Receive financial aid determinations from law schools.
  • Make decisions and submit admissions deposit.
June/July
  • Relax.
August/September
  • Register and begin law school.
Resources
Entrance Exam Information
Forms

Law Schools Attended

A partial list of law schools our students have been accepted to:

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • California Western School of Law in San Diego
  • Cardozo Law
  • Chapman University
  • Cornell University
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Golden Gate University
  • Howard University School of Law
  • Loyola Law School
  • Loyola School of Law Los Angeles
  • Michigan State University
  • New England School of Law
  • Nova Southeastern University-Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Pepperdine University
  • Seattle University-School of Law
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Thomas M Cooley Law School
  • UC Hastings University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Denver
  • University of Miami
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • University of San Diego-School of Law
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Tulsa
  • Univeristy of Washington
  • Western School of Law
  • Whittier School of Law, Costa Mesa
  • Willamette University
  • William Mitchell College of Law
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