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Law School Selection and Admission Books

Knowledge is power. The more information you have, the better informed and more effective your decision-making process will be.

Here are a few recommendations for books about law school (courtesy of Amazon.com). They provide sound information on law school and law school applications, and good insights to the process of pursuing a law degree.

Ultimate Guide to Law Schools, 4th Edition by US News & World Report

Buy this book from Amazon.com

This book may now be a bit dated, but it still contains the best information on U.S. law schools, as well as exclusive rankings indices on all law school programs in the US. Furthermore, this book contains expert admission advice, including that culled from interviews with our own law school admissions consultants. While there are a number of other books giving admission advice, we do not know of any aside from this one that provide views from experts with four years and more of admissions committee experience at the profiled law schools.

ABA/LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2013 Edition

ABA/LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools Buy this book from Amazon.com

This book is the only official guide to all of the law schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association, or ABA. It is also the only guide that provides current admissions criteria and other pertinent information supplied directly by the schools. (Yes. The 2013 edition is still the most recent one published!)

The Official Guide to Legal Specialties by Lisa L. Abrams

The Official Guide to Legal Specialties Buy this book from Amazon.com

It is unfortunate that so many law school applicants, and students, unnecessarily limit themselves to considering a mere handful of legal career options. That is why we recommend this book, which presents interviews with over 130 attorneys in 30 different practice areas. This "real world" perspective on law careers should be invaluable to both law school applicants and students by helping them understand the full array of legal career options open to them.

One L by Scott Turow

One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School Buy this book from Amazon.com

We include this book on our list because it has been so widely read and because so many students are interested in Harvard Law School. In fact, the majority of consultants and applicants we surveyed recommended this book. However, there was also a sizable minority in that group who cautioned that Turow's book is a bit melodramatic at times. 

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