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Montana State University
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Bozeman, MT 59717-3000

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Diane Donnelly, MEd

Academic Advising Coordinator

Emily Edwards, MFA


Applying to Law School

When should I go to law school?

Some students choose to go directly from their undergraduate studies into law school.  Many students take a year or more off after college to gain work or volunteer experience.  Taking time off is also a good way to re-energize before embarking upon the three rigorous and challenging years of law school.  It also has the potential to enhance your application and make your resume more interesting. 

Where should I apply to law school?

There are over 200 ABA accredited law schools in the United States.  To narrow down your choices, you should ask yourself several questions.

  • What are my career objectives? 
  • Where do I plan to live and to practice law?
  • What kind of law am I interested in practicing?
  • What type of career do I want?
  • What kind of learning environment do I want?
  • What are the typical test scores/GPA of successful applicants?
  • How much will it cost? Can I afford it?

Visit for a list of ABA approved law schools. provides links to law school websites at

Check out the Boston College On-line Law School Locator.