Researching Law Schools

In addition to the Bates Pre-Law Guide section on Determining Where to Apply, the following resources will provide information about which law schools may be a good fit for your qualifications and interests. Alumni and current students are invited and encouraged to make an appointment with Nancy Gibson to discuss your specific situation. Please call 207-786-6232 to schedule.

Law School Transparency is a nonprofit legal education policy organization best known for providing quality and consistent information about law schools to applicants in order to create informed consumers. LST provides a number of Score Reports (as opposed to rankings) for individual law schools in areas including entering class admissions data (from Fall 2013), employment data, which states most of its grads end up in and enrollment trends. There is so much information provided that you could spend days reading the material and it would all be worthwhile. Your research will not be complete without examining the score reports of your chosen schools on this site.

The Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools is available free online.  Of particular interest to many students is the feature that lets you plug in your LSAT score and Undergraduate GPA to predict your likelihood of admission to participating schools.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Schools Online Rankings: This interactive online guide allows you to narrow your search by location, tuition, school size, and test scores. The Bates Career Development Center subscribes to the Premium Edition which allows one to search admissions data based on LSAT score and GPA.  If you wish to use this service, please contact Nancy Gibson at ngibson@bates.edu

The Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools is a free interactive online resource of public service opportunities, curricula and financial aid programs at more than 150 law schools in the United States.

The Boston College Law School locator can help you identify schools where your scores and grades are most competitive for admission and gauge your chance of admission at a particular school.  The online locator is free to use and lists the 25th to 75th percentile LSAT scores and GPA ranges of first year classes at accredited law schools.