Are you trying to decide what to do this summer that will make your law school application stand out? Consider these ideas:
- Study for the LSAT or GRE.
Create a schedule that includes study time. What is great is that you can study in the sunshine! While we all wish that entrance exams were not part of the application process, until that day comes, a solid score will open doors. The tests will not determine whether or not you will be a good lawyer but they provide a tool for admissions committees to predict your success in your first year of law school. Schedule your exam for the end of the summer and get studying!
- Take a job that you are passionate about.
Intern at a law office if the opportunity arises. Not necessarily because you NEED to but because it is helpful to see if you are in fact passionate about the law. That said, do you love journalism or filmmaking? Try getting a job that fascinates you. Law schools look for people with initiative who are willing to try new things.
- Travel with purpose.
Have you always wanted to see Peru? Consider traveling with a volunteer group where you will gain experience and spend time in an international location.
- Volunteer, but make it count.
Law schools seek people who care about people. Look for a volunteer position where you will have contact with a diverse population – crisis center counseling or children’s advocacy. Explore positions where you can take on a sustained and meaningful role to show dedication and follow-through.
- Be a leader.
Accept responsibility when it’s offered to you. Look for ways that you can improve the organization you volunteer with either by improving a current system or filling a gap. Law schools look for people who are resourceful and take ownership of their work. Don’t wait for people to come to you – give them something that they need.
The conclusion is that there’s no perfect job or secret formula for law school preparation. Certainly, a law-related internship or job could enhance your application, but you can also look for a part-time job or volunteer opportunity during the school year.