PLANC Points Newsletter
National Pre-Law Advisor Listserv
PLANC maintains the National Pre-Law Advisor listserv to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, a venue to provide information and resources related to pre-law advising, and to foster collegiality among pre-law advisors in institutions of higher education, ABA-approved law schools, and PLANC Partner Organizations. The PLANC National Pre-Law Advisors listserv is restricted to individuals employed by colleges and universities serving as pre-law advisors or law school admissions officers, or PLANC Partner Organizations.
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Law School Pipeline Resources
Compiled by the UCLA Law's Academic Outreach Center
Compiled by the West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools in collaboration with University of California Law Schools (updated September 2017)
General Law Information
Free resource that provides legal news, commentary, blogs, video, podcasts and an extensive collection of treatises to attorneys, law and pre-law students, law professors and litigants.
The National Law Journal
Law.com is a single, comprehensive destination for legal information and e-law services on the Web.
Pre-Law student services
This is a categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, as well as more than 850 locally stored web pages and downloadable files, this site was established to serve as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the United States of America. Designed for everyone, lay persons and legal scholars alike, it is quality controlled to include only the most substantive legal resources online. The selection criteria are predicated on two principles: the extent to which the resource is unique, as well as the relative value of the information it provides.
AccessLex Institute provides a wealth of information about financing school and managing debt.
This site will help you find loans, scholarships, military aid, financial aid and applications. It also provides you with a free scholarship search.
The Wilson-Stern Book of Law School Lists
This is an extensive directory of law school academic programs, areas of emphasis without graduate degrees, joint degree programs, schools that award non-need-based scholarships, schools with evening divisions, study abroad programs, and much other useful information.
ABA Standard 509 Reports
Standard 509 of the ABA's Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools requires law schools each year to disclose data in 11 categories, covering admissions, tuition and living costs, financial aid, class and faculty demographics, employment outcomes, bar passage and other areas.
Analytix by AccessLex
The data tools provide law school data in an easily accessible format, allowing the legal education community to more readily analyze, research, and compare law schools. The tools utilize publicly available datasets from the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
NAPLA Law School Locator (pdf)
A matrix of the median GPA and LSAT Scores for accepted applicants to ABA accredited law schools.
Getting Into Law School: A Guide for Pre-Law Students
This guide is published by Admissions Dean and contains articles written with the help of admissions officers (deans) from top law schools across the country. The guide contains information on how to navigate the law school admissions process. This can be used by pre-law advisors to assist in their advising. Equally, it can be given to students as a free resource to answer plaguing questions about the process of applying, and getting accepted, to law school. Articles address various topics such as what to do if you are waitlisted, the appropriate information to include in a resume or letter, or how to interpret particular numbers when researching law schools. The information is invaluable, as it is coming directly from the individuals students are applying to.
Law School Transparency Score Reports
Law School Transparency, a non-profit legal education policy organization uses employment data, admissions data, and cost data, and organizes schools by where they place graduates in jobs. Limitations to data.
ABA Legal Education Statistics from ABA-Approved Law Schools
NALP - The Association for Legal Career Professionals
Information from their web site: NALP, the Association of Legal Career Professionals, is anorganization made up of legal employers and law school career professionals. NALP — its staff, leaders, and members — collectively know a whole lot about the world of lawyer jobs. This portal was designed by NALP volunteers to help prelaw advisors and students in the US learn more about the legal employment market.
Law School Debt and Its Impact on Lawyer Career Pathways (pdf) NALP, 2008.
Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
From LSAC.org: “LSAC is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting quality, access, and equity in law and education worldwide by supporting individuals’ enrollment journeys and providing preeminent assessment, data, and technology services.”
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. DiscoverLaw.org encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. With access to experts, inspiring stories about law school graduates, a list of the most frequently asked questions, and more, DiscoverLaw.org provides students with resources, tips, and tools on how to become a competitive law school applicant.
CLEO Edge Pre Law Magazine
The CLEO Edge magazine is a publication of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity. From their website: “CLEO EDGE is the premier pre-law magazine and contains a comprehensive preview of the information aspiring students need to become successful law school applicants.”
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
The fundamental objective of P.A.D.'s Pre-Law Program is to assist undergraduate students to make an "informed choice" in selecting law as a career, deciding which law school to attend, and in preparing for the rigors of law school.
PreLaw Magazine is a National Jurist publication. Information from their website: "The National Jurist and PreLaw magazine are the leading news sources in their markets. National Jurist reaches an estimated 100,000 law students. PreLaw is read by more than 45,000 prospective law students."
Higher Education and the Handicapped (HEATH)
HEATH is a national resource center for persons with disabilities.