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Graduate and Law School Resources

The below tools are meant to serve as an introduction to the preparation and application process for the post-secondary education options that a JMC degree qualifies graduates for. Be sure to make an appointment with your Career Consultant to review your individual plans and approach.

Graduate School Resources

GradSchools.com

This site includes articles about graduation education and tips about the graduate admission process.

Interfolio

This web-based, fee-for-service resource can hold letters, evaluations, and unofficial transcripts for up to 5 years for candidates applying to graduate/professional schools or seeking employment in the field of education. Documents kept in users’ files are sent out only open their request.

MSU PREP

MSU PREP is the MSU Graduate School’s career and professional development model, designed to help students prepare for successful doctoral and postdoc experiences and smooth transitions into roles in academia, government, industry, corporations, or agencies. This site has a variety of information on how to apply to graduate school and how to fund your graduate education.

Personal Statements

Personal Statements are important parts of most graduate school applications. Check out the Career Services Network’s tips on composing one here, the MSU College of Law's advice on personal statement composition here, and don’t forget to make an appointment with JMC’s Career Consultant to discuss your strategy.

Peterson’s

On top of allowing you to search for graduate programs by type, degree offered, and location, Peterson’s provides information on financing graduate studies and test preparation (among other things).

PhDs.org

PhDs.org has created profiles of over 4,900 doctoral programs across 59 fields to help individuals evaluate and decide on a school to attend. The site breaks information down by program rankings and program data (such as expenses, student outcomes, department resources, published output, and cohort demographics) and includes links to useful articles for potential and current graduate students.

Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan

Developed by the MSU Graduate School, this guide aims at helping students:

  • Recognize the skills they’re acquiring that complement and go beyond their disciplinary specializations
  • Understand the broad uses of those skills during graduate school, the postdoc experience, and future career paths
  • Identify ways to strengthen and consolidate those skills during graduate study or postdoc

U.S. Universities

The University of Texas has a thorough listing of all U.S. Universities by state with links to each institution’s website.

Versatile PhD

Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social sciences, and STEM. This is a great site to explore if you’re considering advanced studies and envision a career in a non-academic setting.

Law School Resources

American Bar Association

Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. Membership is open to lawyers, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession.

MSU Law's '50 Tips from 29 Experts'

This MSU College of Law publication includes insights from a range of highly experienced professionals (veteran pre-law advisors from a range of universities, career service and financial aid professionals who counsel and guide aspiring attorneys, law school faculty, and adminissions professionals who review applications and help pre-law students navigate the admissions process). It's meant to serve as a resource for individuals investigating law school and careers in the legal field.  

Law School Admission Council

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation that provides a variety of products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. Best known for administering the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the LSAC also processes academic credentials for law school applicants, holds professional conferences, sponsors and publishes research, and publishes LSAT prep. books and law school guides (among other things).

U.S. News Law School Guide

Each year the U.S. News & World Report assembles its ranking of top law schools and reports on those schools’ tuition and fees, enrollment, LSAT scores, and acceptance rates

Test Preparation Services

LSAT Preparation Guide

The MSU College of Law recently solicited information from members of its incoming class who achieved a 158 or higher on the LSAT to aid in the preparation of its ‘Preparing for the Law School Admission Test’ guide, which is available online here.  Among other things, the guide offers insights on LSAT prep. methods and strategies and resources to use as a reference for building test preparation plans.

7sage

7sage aims to offer top-notch, high-quality LSAT instruction through videos, logic games, and affordable courses. 

Blueprint

Blueprint was founded on the belief that classes and materials ought to be interesting enough to enable students to enjoy studying.  The ethos of "edu-tainment"—mastery of the materials combined with engaging teaching methods—permeates the entire company.

Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests.  Kaplan offers classroom, online prep. classes, private tutoring, and other studying resources. 

Mahattan Prep

Manhattan Prep strives to offer accomplished instructors, relevant curriculum, coaching in critical thinking, and enjoyable classes to help students better prepare for a number of standardized tests (including the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT).

Next Step Test Prep

Founded and run by JMC alumni, Next Step Test Prep offers one-on-one tutoring to help students prepare for a variety of admissions tests (including the GRE and LSAT).

PowerScore

PowerScore offers test preparation classes, online instruction, weekend instruction, and on-on-one tutoring to help students prepare for the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE (among other tests). 

The Princeton Review

Founded 30 years ago, The Princeton Review offers classroom, online and in-person tutoring and test prep as well as more than 150 books that provide test prep.

TestMasters

TestMasters has offered comprehensive test preparation for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE (and more) to over 150,000 individuals.