Q.) Why should I join the Pre-Law Society?
A.) The Pre-Law Society offers a variety of resources for those interested in attending law school. PLS resources include: scholarship, internships, and mentoring programs. PLS members can gain insight about various fields of law by attending PLS guest speaker seminars. Local law school campus visitations are also scheduled throughout the year to help students decide which law schools they would like to attend. Law advisors also stress the importance of extracurricular participation for those interested in applying to law programs.
Q) Do I have to belong to a specific major to join the Pre-Law Society?
A.) No. Any CSULA student is eligible to join.
Q.) How much will it cost to join the Pre-Law Society?
A.) There is no fee to join.
Q.) When does the Pre-Law Society meet?
A.) The Pre-Law Society conducts weekly meetings, every Thursday from 3:00-4:00pm. Please check the events calendar for meeting details.
Q.) How do I become a Pre-Law Society member?
A.) If you are interested in joining the Pre-Law Society you can either become a member by filling out the online New Member section, or you can simply come by one of the weekly meetings and fill out the New Member form.
Q.) I would like to go to law school. Where do I begin?
A.) Schedule an advisement meeting with CSULA’s Pre-Law Advisor. Visit the Pre-Law Advisor's office to schedule an advisement appointment. Participation in the Pre-Law Society will also provide additional assistance to various aspects of the application process.
Q.) What is LSAC? Why do I need to register?
A.) LSAC is the Law School Admission Council. You must create an account with LSAC to register for the LSAT online, view your scores, search and apply to the right law school.
Q.) What is the LSAT?
A.) The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. These sections include one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions. The placement of this section in the LSAT will vary. The score scale for the LSAT is 120 to 180. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but copies are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
Q.) What are the LSAT dates and deadlines?
A.) LSAT dates are conducted in the months of February, June, October, December every year. Test registration deadlines are one month prior to the test date. Please visit www.lsac.org for testing date details.
Q.) When is the best time to take the LSAT?
A.) You should take the LSAT as early as possible before law school application deadlines. Many law schools have requested that applicants take the test by December for admission in the following fall's entering class. If you think you may want to repeat the test after getting your initial score, plan to take the LSAT first in either June or October. This will give you time to access your score and register for the test again in December.
Q.) What if I want to take a tour of a law campus but missed the PLS scheduled visit?
A.) If you would like to schedule a tour with a particular law school please contact the PLS events coordinator to request a tour for the particular law campus. If PLS cannot schedule a group tour you will be directed to the particular law school to potentially schedule an individual tour.